"I'm approaching it as my biggest fight and my biggest opportunity and I gotta capitalize on this opportunity and then after that, go for bigger fights...I predict that I'm gonna get the win by any means necessary...They can expect to see a good boxer and a smart fighter," stated jr. welterweight contender Mike Dallas Jr., who talked about his upcoming clash with Lucas Matthysse. Check it out!
PC: You're a week out from the biggest fight of your life against Lucas Matthysse. How do you feel?
MDJ: I'm feeling good. Camp has been good just grinding. It's been a rough one; rough, long camp. I will be ready to go.
PC: It was supposed to be Hank Lundy fighting Matthysse and then you get the call that they want you. What was your thought process to accepting the fight?
MDJ: I figured it was a big opportunity and I looked at it like why wouldn't I want to fight one of the best in the weight class, so I was ready to go.
PC: Were you already training or did you have to start a training camp when you found out you were fighting?
MDJ: I been training.
PC: In 2011, you got back-to-back losses, of course one being a close decision loss and the other you were stopped by Josesito Lopez. Now you are coming off of back-to-back wins and heading into the biggest fight of your life. What would you credit the success to for you to bounce back from those losses?
MDJ: I just wanted it more and I put all of that other stuff to the side. I just had to keep pushing.
PC: With this being the biggest fight of your career and possibly your toughest opponent to date, are you doing anything different for this fight?
MDJ: I have the same training regimen, man. I'm pushing myself hard and I will be ready to fight. But I'm ready to go, man. I'm ready to go.
PC: Your last fight was your first scheduled 12-round fight. Of course you scored a 6th round knockout, but I'm sure you trained to go 12. Did that make it easier to take this fight knowing you had been through a camp for a 12-rounder?
MDJ: It wasn't too much different than when I was training for 10-rounders because even when we fought 10-rounders, we sparred 12. So it's really just picking up some stuff and adding to that.
PC: What do you see as Lucas' strengths and how do you feel you can capitalize on his weaknesses?
MDJ: I just need to use my size and reach and that's how I can capitalize on what he's doing.
PC: What do you think of him as a fighter?
MDJ: He is a tough guy. He is a scrapper and that's about it really.
PC: It's early in the year and you could make a huge statement in this fight. Is that the way you are approaching this thing?
MDJ: I'm approaching it as my biggest fight and my biggest opportunity and I gotta capitalize on this opportunity and then after that, go for bigger fights.
PC: You are a big kid. Are you comfortable at 140?
MDJ: I'm comfortable right now, but I am a big guy, so, you know, I you never know the next year or two. I might move up to 47.
PC: If you had to make a prediction for this fight, what would it be?
MDJ: I predict that I'm gonna get the win by any means necessary.
PC: For the fans that never watched you fight before, what can they expect on the 26th?
MDJ: They can expect to see a good boxer and a smart fighter and that's just that.
PC: I wish you the best of luck in there against Lucas. Is there anything else you want to add?
MDJ: Everybody can follow me on Twitter @Mikedalljr and tune in to the fight.
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