"I feel incredible, man. I am in the best shape of my life, Perc, and I'm ready to put my hands on this kid on Saturday night. I'm ready to put my hands on him in combinations and give him all types of angles he ain't never seen before in his pro ranks...I think it's a huge risk and I think Main Events picked the wrong guy at this stage of his career. But with that being said, the kid has a great pedigree, he's tough, and I think it's going to be a very interesting fight. I'm looking forward to staying undefeated," stated undefeated heavyweight contender Malik Scott, who talked about his upcoming return to the ring this Saturday when he faces Vyacheslav Glazkov. Check out what else he had to say!
PC: I see you have been putting in a lot of hard work. How is everything going leading up to your fight on Saturday night against Glazkov?
MS: I feel incredible, man. I am in the best shape of my life, Perc, and I'm ready to put my hands on this kid on Saturday night. I'm ready to put my hands on him in combinations and give him all types of angles he ain't never seen before in his pro ranks.
PC: Jeff Mayweather called you the best pure boxer at heavyweight in the world. When I see a guy like Glazkov with only 14 fights take a fight against a guy like you with superior boxing skills and over 30 fights to your credit, I have to think that they feel because you don't have a high knockout ratio that they can get in and take you out. Were you surprised he took this fight?
MS: I don't think nobody underestimates my boxing ability. They may question my power or question other things, but I think I am the best pure boxer in the division, if not the world, especially for my size. As far as this kid taking the fight, I think it's a huge risk and I think Main Events picked the wrong guy at this stage of his career. But with that being said, the kid has a great pedigree, he's tough, and I think it's going to be a very interesting fight. I'm looking forward to staying undefeated.
PC: You are trying to stay undefeated while giving Glazkov his first loss. What would that mean to take away this kid's undefeated record?
MS: It would mean everything to me. He has great momentum. He just stopped a guy, Tor Hamer, who actually quit, so I know he's feeling himself a little bit and he's got some great people backing him. So it's going to mean everything to me to defeat this kid.
PC: In the Hamer fight, he used some very rough tactics and it eventually made Hamer fold the tent. Are you expecting the roughhouse stuff, and if so, how will you address it?
MS: I seen a couple of rounds of the kid fight; that move right there, as far as him being rough, if he wanna do that with me, then we will just be rough with each other. I'm coming to win by any means necessary. However he want it, he can get it. If he wants to stick to the script and take this ass whoopin', then that's gonna happen. If he wanna get rough and turn this into a dirty fight, then we can turn it into a dirty fight because I'm from North Philly and we get down like that anyway. I'm expecting anything.
PC: Yeah, Tor got in trouble when he started looking to the ref to kind of bail him out of some of those rough situations.
MS: I'm not doing no complaining or anything like that. This kid hit me low, I'm hitting him 5 times low. He hit me in the back of the head, I'm hitting him in the back of the head with an elbow. The ref can do his job or not do his job; I know I'm going to do my job. My job is to defend myself and stay undefeated and that's what I'm gonna do, Perc.
PC: After the long layoff, you fought 3 times last year. You're getting in there early this year. Mentally and physically, how do you feel?
MS: I feel great, man. Training and everything is going good. I had some good, strong and young sparring partners that's coming up in the game; some Olympians. I had some guys that just turned pro, some big strong guys, and I'm feeling great, man. I'm hanging with everybody. I put the work in and I knew it would be imperative for me to come into this fight in great condition, and that's what I am. I am in great condition and I am ready for anything this kid brings to the table.
PC: A lot of young talent emerging in the heavyweight division. What do you think of the landscape of the division right now?
MS: I'm one of the few people that never got on the bandwagon of saying the heavyweight division is dead and shit like that. I never pumped that. It's a division that I'm in. I believe we have talent in the division, but we all gotta fight each other. These young lions need to be fighting each other to get these top 5 and top 10 rankings. You have some good talent coming along. You got me, Deontay Wilder, you got Bryant Jennings, you got Joe Hanks, who is underrated; overseas you got big Tyson Fury, who I was just over there in Belgium sparring. All of us can really fight, man, so the landscape of the heavyweight division is looking good to me and it's getting better and better and better. And honestly, it always has, Percy, you know what I'm saying?
PC: I agree the talent is there. Like you said, guys have to start fighting one another while both are young and considered prospects or contenders.
MS: That's it, man, because the thing I always go by, I'm a logical person. I believe in logic, mind and spirit. I remember it was a time when I was coming up when Larry Holmes was undefeated and beating everybody and people still wasn't satisfied; they were saying he was trying to be like Muhammad Ali. When Ali came on, people said he had a big mouth and they thought Sonny Liston was going to clip him. When George Foreman came on, they said what they said about him, and Tyson, it was the same thing. But them doing that, the fans doing that and the critics and bloggers doing that is what make great fights. I never buy into that because I'm actually in the game and I'm in the position that they are talking about, so I know the ins and outs. It's always been a great division to me and when I'm gone and all of us young lions are gone, there will be more young lions come along. I don't care what people say, this will always be the best division in boxing; always. No division outdoes heavyweights.
PC: Going back to your fight, you obviously have experience over him, but what else do you feel will separate you two on fight night and assure yourself the victory?
MS: My reflexes, my speed obviously, my agility, and I think he will be shocked by my punching power that people like to speak on me not having a lot of. I am going out there to get his respect right off the rip and let him know that he's not gonna be in there just doing what he wants to. I'm not Tor Hamer or none of them cats that he fought. But this is an interesting fight because he has a great pedigree and he's not a walk over and I didn't train for a walk over. I trained for gorilla warfare and that's what I'm going in here to do and I'm looking forward to staying undefeated.
PC: When you were in the 260's, you were considered one of the better pure boxers. Now that you are much lighter, does everything just happen faster for you? How do you feel in there being so much lighter?
MS: Definitely, and especially in the ring. People were saying I was the best pure boxer in the heavyweight division, or in the world in some cases, and that was when I was weighing 250 to 260 pounds. So now, I checked my weight today and I'm like 226-227, something like that. By fight time, I will be 232, somewhere around there, maybe a little lower, and I'm extremely fast and my reflexes have skyrocketed and I'm just ready to rock 'n roll, man. I was ready to fight weeks ago. It's nothing, man. It's going to be a great fight. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm happy Main Events took the fight and I'm definitely happy that NBC is having me on. It's all good, baby!
PC: Before I let you go, I gotta let you tell us about this energy drink that you have out right now.
MS: The energy drink is a burn supplement. It's a pre-workout drink called BRN and you can drink it hot or cold. It gives you ultimate focus, makes you full of energy, and it makes you less fatigued. There are not a lot of things that I stand by, but I stand by this supplement. I'm behind this supplement; me, Malik Scott, personally. In fact, we recently shot the commercial [click here to view the commercial]. But I would recommend everyone try it, and if you don't like it, that's cool, but I believe this is a supplement you definitely want to give a try. Give me your address Percy and I will send you one out there so you can fuck with it and see if you like it. After this fight, I'm also going to the Dominican Republic because for the last 12 years, I've been studying to have my own cigar. I have always been a cigar connoisseur, so I will be going to the Dominican Republic from April 15th to the 17th to their cigar convention to check the levels of tobacco I want for my own cigar. So by this time next year, I will have my own cigar that's going to be called Kevailah, which is my kids' names combined in one. I'm bringing it from the Dominican Republic because obviously I can't go to Cuba and bring their product over here, but I'm bringing it from the Dominican Republic. I'm really into the manufacturing and distribution and coordinating, and by this time next year, I look to have my own actual smoke shop and my own cigar line, so be looking forward to that too, Percy.
PC: I definitely will. And I am definitely looking forward to your fight this Saturday on NBC. Is there anything else you want to add?
MS: I just want to thank all of the fans for supporting me, all of the haters who support me, and all of the critics and bloggers. I believe that we all need that. I believe that it lights the fire under us; not just fighters, but athletes in general. February 23rd, watch me work. It's going to be a great show. NBC has been bringing great fights back how they used to do on free TV and I'm just happy to be a part of history and I'm looking to make a lot of history as well, so I thank everybody.
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