"I have no problem with sitting in the pocket with anybody. That's part of my style. I'm more of a boxer/puncher. I don't have a problem sitting in the pocket with anybody, but as I'm sure you can tell, I don't have a problem boxing either...I'm ready to fight the guys who I feel I can skillfully match up with and they match up with me. I like the guys that have experience that could match up with me a little better," stated up-and-coming welterweight contender Daquan Arnett, who talked about his latest victory, a 5th round KO of Miguel Zuniga, his future plans, and more. Check it out!
PC: Congratulations on your 5th round knockout of Miguel Zuniga. How do you feel about your performance?
DA: I feel good about it. I took my time; picked my shots. He was a durable guy, so I feel good about it.
PC: He showed he was durable very early in the fight because you hit him with some good shots. Is that why you took the patient approach, because he showed he wasn't going anywhere easily?
DA: Yeah! I knew once I hit him a couple of times in the 1st round, I could tell he was a really tough guy and that I would have to get him in the later rounds, so I started touching him more.
PC: The commentators seemed a little surprised that you were so willing to trade with Zuniga. Is that your style or just what was presented to you and you were receptive to it?
DA: I have no problem with sitting in the pocket with anybody. That's part of my style. I'm more of a boxer/puncher. I don't have a problem sitting in the pocket with anybody, but as I'm sure you can tell, I don't have a problem boxing either.
PC: You threw about 3 left hooks in a row before he invited you in and you landed the money shot. Was the left hook just working and that's why you kept firing it or did you know going in that he was susceptible to that punch?
DA: I was trying the left hook all night. He was taking it good early and catching a couple of them, but I kept seeing he was open for the left hook and I have been working on my left hook a lot lately. My timing is pretty good, so it was the perfect shot for me; throw a right hand and then a short left hook. I knew if I kept landing it, eventually that right one would land, and everything he was landing wasn't hurting me, so I wasn't really feeling it. So as long as he wanted to hook with me, I knew eventually I would catch him.
PC: The angle they showed, I couldn't see your reaction when he told you to come on and bring more and basically invited the knockout in. Did you even see him wave you in?
DA: The cameras didn't really show it, but when he did that, I grinned at him because I knew that sequence we were having was throwing him off because a lot of times, when a guy do that, they are going to step in immediately because their emotions have taken over and they are not thinking skillfully anymore. He made that split second mistake and I made him pay for it because that's what I wanted.
PC: I'm not sure if you saw it, but the next day after your fight, Lennox Lewis tweeted out a clip of your knockout and said, "Lesson here, be careful about what you ask for." Did you see that?
DA: Nah, I actually didn't know that. Wow, that's pretty cool. I'll have to look that up.
PC: A lot of people may not know this, but I did some research and the record of your last 3 opponents is 29-1. That's big considering you only have 11 fights. Why such sturdy opposition at this stage in your career?
DA: I have no reason to bore myself out with guys who are way below my skill level or talent level or anything like that. If it's not a guy that's going to get in there and compete with me and give the fans a good show, I don't see the need to be in there with them. I really don't feel like I should bore myself with guys who have bad records and not great skillsets. I'm ready to fight the guys who I feel I can skillfully match up with and they match up with me. I like the guys that have experience that could match up with me a little better.
PC: You have a very high skillset and are beyond your years. Do you still feel you are a work in progress or do you think you are ready and just waiting on your opportunity?
DA: I'm still learning. I'm still learning in the game because I am very young. I'm only 20 years old and that's very young in the game. Looking at my skills, I'm still developing my footwork, ring generalship, my presence and my identity as a professional and everything. All of that is still coming along with me, so there is still a lot more to see from Daquan.
PC: Obviously when guys are young in their career, they move around a little bit. You have had a few fights at different weight classes. What weight will you make your mark at?
DA: It will definitely be at 147. My last fight was at 149. I came down from 154. My fight before my last was actually at 155. I made my way down to 149 and I'm gradually gonna make my way down to 47. That will be the weight class I make my stand at.
PC: Do you feel like by the time you are ready to compete for a title, 147 will still be the class to be at, because right now it is hot?
DA: Oh, absolutely. That's the weight class everybody wants to be at to be a part of that pack. You got of course the king Floyd Mayweather, Adrien Broner just got there, and a lot of other top guys. That's the weight class you want to be in if you want the fan-friendly fights; 140 and 147 is the weight class to be at.
PC: You showed a little bit of everything against Zuniga style-wise. Who are some of your favorites growing up to watch and take things from?
DA: Roy Jones, Marvin Hagler and Floyd. Those guys were honestly, about 70 to 75% of it was Roy Jones. He was my favorite fighter growing up and still is one of my favorites. He influenced me a lot; him and Marvin Hagler.
PC: Hagler is my favorite fighter of all time, so that's three great fighters to ride with. Al and Golden Boy like to keep their guys busy. When can we expect to see you again?
DA: I'm waiting on the word from Al, but we are working on something for maybe late July.
PC: Helluva knockout my man. I appreciate the time. I hope to see you back in there soon. Is there anything else you want to add?
DA: No doubt. Just let the fans know that they can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @daquanarnett.
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