"I think we saw the same old Klitschko that we have been used to seeing. I was surprised that he was as defensive as he was in terms of his offense. It was a little faster pace for him, but he was open for so many shots, and that right there kind of surprised me how open he was for so many different shots. He still does a lot of amateurish things. He pulls back instead of dipping back or slipping back; he pulls straight back and that's how you get caught and eventually stopped. I was surprised that this guy didn't have the type of skills that he was supposed to have as the world champion. It's mind boggling to me. Maybe it's a different look when you are in the ring with him, I don't know, but when I'm watching these guys, I'm just not seeing a world championship fighter," stated comebacking heavyweight contender Amir Mansour, who shared his thoughts on last weekend's heavyweight action and much more. Check it out!
PC: Anytime we have heavyweight action going on, I gotta get your thoughts on what you watched over the weekend. What did you think of the Klitschko/Wach fight?
AM: I felt as though Klitschko came and did what he was supposed to do against such weak competition. I was asked about that guy Wach and I said I had never even heard of him, and it seems like that is becoming the norm with these guy's opponents. They are fighting guys who are going into a heavyweight championship fight, and by that time, somebody should know who you are. I absolutely had no idea who this guy was and his performance showed me why I didn't know who he was. He obviously is not a really good fighter. He did away with the guy for 12 rounds and did what he wanted to do. I think we saw the same old Klitschko that we have been used to seeing. I was surprised that he was as defensive as he was in terms of his offense. It was a little faster pace for him, but he was open for so many shots, and that right there kind of surprised me how open he was for so many different shots. He still does a lot of amateurish things. He pulls back instead of dipping back or slipping back; he pulls straight back and that's how you get caught and eventually stopped. I was surprised that this guy didn't have the type of skills that he was supposed to have as the world champion. It's mind boggling to me. Maybe it's a different look when you are in the ring with him, I don't know, but when I'm watching these guys, I'm just not seeing a world championship fighter.
PC: You said you watched the same old Klitschko fight. So you don't feel Manny Steward's absence was felt during this fight? He did dominate. I don't want to sound like he didn't, but you felt he was the same fighter with Banks in his corner?
AM: Yeah! I thought he had a nice one-two. I like how he threw that one-two. He threw that pretty fast. But other than that, I watched 12 rounds of I didn't see anything that I was impressed with. I actually think Jonathan did a good job as his corner man. I thought he gave good advice and I thought he really handled that professionally. I thought he did a good job. But yeah, we saw the same Klitschko. These guys been in the game so long of course I'm sure he misses Manny in his corner, but he is a professional and he is good at what he does and I don't think that made that big of a difference with his performance. It was the same performance we have been seeing for years.
PC: I know you are big on throwing combinations. Do you think the lack of combinations thrown by the big men is why so many people perceive the heavyweights as boring?
AM: Exactly. He's definitely not putting punches together and that makes for a boring fight. And probably if he would've thrown combinations, he probably would have did what he should have done and that's gotten rid of a fighter that shouldn't even have been in the ring with him in the first place. So a lot of these heavyweights are not throwing a lot of punches or getting busy in that ring. That's why my fights are exciting because we are gonna mix it up and throw some punches . He throws a lot of jabs, but you have to do a lot more than what he has been doing to send a statement in this division. That's why excitement in the heavyweight division is just going down. I'm excited to see what Seth Mitchell and Jonathan Banks do this weekend; maybe they will mix it up and get it on, but who knows. This Klitschko these fights that we keep seeing is boring, man. You really can't even comment too much on it because it's the same fight over and over.
PC: How do you feel about Jonathan Banks cornering his long-time sparring partner Wladimir Klitschko one week before the biggest fight of his career?
AM: Well, these guys been training together for years, but that's definitely a distraction for Jonathan. But I really don't know the extent of what he has sacrificed in becoming Klitschko's trainer. I honestly believe that they continued camp the way that they always did camp being that he only stood as the trainer to be the corner man. I don't think that he actually trained Klitschko in the real sense of a trainer for that fight at all.
PC: When you watching the heavyweights fight and the commentators are saying how bad the division is or how boring the division is, is that somewhat disappointing or does it make you want to go out and prove that there are some exciting heavyweights out there?
AM: Yes, because on one hand, I know what type of excitement I bring. And then on the other hand, it's like when I get there and somebody accepts my challenge, they gonna see what type of excitement I bring to the ring and you won't be saying that anymore. But like I said, my time is 2013. I'm putting my foot on that gas pedal, man, and I ain't letting up. I'm not gonna sit and just keep talking and talking and talking. I'm gonna put forth a whole lot of action in 2013. Like you just said, when someone is commentating my fight, they can say things like, "This guy is bringing excitement and action back into the heavyweight division."
PC: I got an email the other day and someone was asking me if you were the real deal. I told them next year, we will all see, so I definitely look forward to you getting in there.
AM: Exactly! You either got it or you don't and you put forward your best effort. I'm gonna step on this gas pedal and I'm telling you, man, I'm going as hard as possible throughout that year. I do want Seth Mitchell, I want Tomasz Adamek, and I would like Tony Thompson. Those three guys, to me, would definitely put me in a position to get one of the Klitschkos. Those are the three main guys that I hope to be fighting in 2013, but of course I'm not gonna let that stop me from moving forward. I'm gonna continue to fight and stay busy, but out of those three dudes, I really hope to fight one of them in 2013, if not all of 'em. I'm gonna be pushing and pressing hard to get one of those guys in the ring with me.
PC: I can't wait to see the finished product. I know you are training hard, so keep that up and best of luck. Is there anything you want to say in closing?
AM: No man, just thank you to FightHype.com. Man, y'all have been very supportive to me and the sport of boxing and I appreciate you guys. And of course the fans up in Delaware, Jersey, Philly, Maryland, DC and Virginia. I got a huge following in these areas and I thank all of them for continuing to support me and reaching out to me, man. So big ups to the fans as well.
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