"I'm using this as a stepping stone. I'm going to go over there, do my thing, come back, and be ready to fight somebody at welterweight. There was talks of me fighting Victor Ortiz in December maybe. I said, okay, well I can warm up in October, be on weight, then come back and fight Victor Ortiz at 147. Hey, if that's what they want to do, I'm ready to fight. I want to fight. I'm not playing with people right now," stated three-division world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley, who talked about his upcoming October 23 clash with Anthony Mundine. Check out what else he had to say!
BT: What's good, Shane? Now that the Mundine fight is officially official, have you started training camp for it yet?
SM: I've been training a little bit. Now it's time to basically start the camp and get to working hard officially.
BT: Obviously the fight is October 23rd in Australia. How far in advance do you plan on going out there?
SM: Probably October 1st so I can get acclimated to the time. I've been out there before, so I know the climate and the area. Basically it's just the time difference and the jetlag that's going to be the problem, but I should be alright.
BT: You guys recently held a press conference in LA to announce the fight. Was that the first time you had ever seen Mundine in person?
SM: Oh no, no; I've seen him before. I've seen him a lot, actually. When I went to Australia before, I used to see him all the time. Actually, I commented some of his fights when I was out there.
BT: Oh, okay. So did anything surprise you when you saw him this time around?
SM: I thought he was bigger than what he was. I knew he was tall; I knew he had the height on me. He's maybe Oscar's height. I thought he was actually taller than he was, but when I looked at him, I said, "Oh, okay. He's really not that big." Really, some of the 54-pounders that I work with right now are taller and bigger than he is. Charlo is a little taller than him. I think he's about the same size as Austin Trout, but Austin Trout has longer arms than him.
BT: I think one thing that people are taking for granted is the fact that Mundine isn't young like some of these other guys you've recently faced.
SM: Yeah, they're forgetting that he's, what, 36 or 37 maybe.
BT: I think he's 38 actually.
SM: Really? He's that old?
BT: Yeah, I think so.
SM: Well, he looked older when we saw each other. He looks older than I do. I thought he was about 35 or 36, but 38? He's in trouble! Right now, I feel like I'm young and I fight like a young guy. You know, Mundine is an athlete, but I have the experience and I have the advantage of him coming down to 154. How's he going to feel trying to make 154 when he's had a lot of fights at 168 and 160? He hasn't fought at 154 in a long time, so that might give him some problems.
BT: How are you feeling about going back up to 154 again?
SM: For me, it's really not going to make a difference because I've got punching power; I hit hard and I take a good shot. It's probably going to be better for me to be smaller and faster. You know, Anthony Mundine goes down a little bit if you touch him on the chin, so me being faster and hitting hard too, that's not good for Anthony Mundine. And he has to make weight as well, so he's going to be weak if he tries to battle with me and tries to push me and use his size advantage; that might be a disadvantage and he might get caught with that.
BT: So you don't plan on coming in heavier then; you plan on...
SM: (Cutting in) Oh no. No, I want to be at 147 like I said. I already hit hard; I don't need to get bigger. I got good speed. I feel good with my speed, the way I'm moving now, I don't have injuries; I just feel better. This is going to be fun actually for me. It might be a real hard fight for him, but it will be fun for me.
BT: Do you think there are any advantages that Mundine might be able to bring inside the ring when you guys meet in October?
SM: Like I said, he's an athlete, but he doesn't have the type of work out there to help him fight on my level. You have to have that type of work to fight on this level. What he has is he's active, in-shape and healthy, and has the endurance to fight on this level, but I think I have all the other advantages as far as boxing is concerned.
BT: Mundine said he's hoping a win over will catapult him into a mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather, though I highly doubt that will happen. What are you hoping a win over Mundine will do for your career at this point?
SM: I mean, I'm using this as a stepping stone. I'm going to go over there, do my thing, come back, and be ready to fight somebody at welterweight. There was talks of me fighting Victor Ortiz in December maybe. I said, okay, well I can warm up in October, be on weight, then come back and fight Victor Ortiz at 147. Hey, if that's what they want to do, I'm ready to fight. I want to fight. I'm not playing with people right now.
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