"I'm more like a boxer/puncher. I can give different looks. I can get on the inside and mix it up. I can stick on the outside and box. You know, I got that heart though. That's the main thing. If a fight gets tough or anything, I know how to do deal with any situation inside the ring. What they can see from me is that I'm an exciting fighter, explosive, and I throw with bad intentions. I'm not in there to play around. Once I get somebody hurt, I get them out of there," stated 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha, who talked about his upcoming professional debut on November 9 and much more. Check it out!
BT: Terrell, what's going on with you my man?
TG: Well right now, I'm just out here in Cali. I've been down here since last Wednesday, so I've been a week in camp. I'm fighting November 9th, just getting ready, and I'm going to start sparring today.
BT: Who's your trainer right now?
TG: Right now, I'm working with a guy named Manny Robles. He was the coach for the LA Matadors. November, I had moved out here. I was doing the every other week thing, but since then, I liked the way that my conditioning was and the way he was training, so I just stayed out here. I came out here just to get away from all the distractions.
BT: So November 9th, you're making pro debut. I know things didn't exactly like you were hoping at the Olympics, but you did get to make a little bit of noise with that knockout you got.
TG: Yeah, that was crazy to get that knockout, and to do it on that stage, you know what I mean? You know, it ain't go as well as we wanted it to, but I think everybody was putting their work in. Getting that knockout was real crucial, you know what I mean? It lifted me up from the bottom to put me up there where people started talking about me and people in boxing started getting to notice me. That benefited me a lot.
BT: Some of the other guys on the team have already spoken about this, but I wanted to get your thoughts on it. Do you think you guys had enough time to properly prepare for your Olympic experience?
TG: I ain't going to lie to you, for real, I think it was kind of rushed. To tell you the truth, we didn't have enough time to get used to the coaches because they switched out the coaches so much. Then it's mentally frustrating when, you know, you're two weeks out from the biggest tournament of your life and you don't got the coaching staff and who gonna be in the ring with you. It's mentally tough going through all that stuff, but at the same time, you gotta be able to deal with adversity because it's part of the sport.
BT: No doubt. Well now that you've put that experience behind you, do you think it's going to be difficult to transition your style from the amateur ranks to the pros?
TG: That's something that I'm already comfortable with. Luckily I had a little experience with dealing with a little bit of the pro style with the WSB (World Series of Boxing). I had several fights with the WSB against top competition. Of course the competition level won't be as great as it was with the WSB, because I fought Olympians, National champions, and everything like that, but still, I ain't going to take nobody lightly at the same time. I gotta feel how it feels to get hit without the headgear.
BT: Are you going to be fighting at middleweight?
TG: Yeah, middleweight. I'm going to be fighting at 160; maybe eventually I can get down to 154 with a lot of discipline.
BT: You signed with the most influential adviser in boxing, Al Haymon. How does that feel being part of that stable and knowing someone like Haymon will be helping to guide your career?
TG: It's a blessing to be able to work with somebody like that. It motivates me to work harder because he's got high expectations for me. It works for me to make me do extra in the gym because I know that I've got Al in my corner and he's giving me a chance. To me, it's my job to just be ready and give it my all. Being with somebody like that, you just do everything you gotta do and he'll take care of you, you know what I mean? With that being said, I'm gonna just stay ready. I want him to line 'em up and I will knock 'em down.
BT: For those that haven't gotten a chance to see you fight, how would you describe your style and what can fans expect to see from you when you do turn pro?
TG: I think fans are just gonna see a little bit of everything. I'm more like a boxer/puncher. I can give different looks. I can get on the inside and mix it up. I can stick on the outside and box. You know, I got that heart though. That's the main thing. If a fight gets tough or anything, I know how to do deal with any situation inside the ring. What they can see from me is that I'm an exciting fighter, explosive, and I throw with bad intentions. I'm not in there to play around. Once I get somebody hurt, I get them out of there.
BT: And you clearly fight until the last bell (laughing).
TG: (Laughing) Yea, exactly, the the last bell. You got that right.
BT: Well Terrell, we're definitely going to have you on the site a lot more throughout your career. Before I let you go, is there anything else you want to say to the fans? Anyone you want to shout out?
TG: Just shout out my dudes Adrien Broner and Rau'Shee Warren, you know, that Ohio love, and everybody back home. We about to take over!
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