"I feel great, man. I have a great camp. I've been training for the last 4 or 5 months. I feel great, man, and I'm ready to get back in
I never left, man. It was more like me dealing with inexperienced people that didn't know the business side and couldn't get me a fight. After I lost to Carson Jones in '09, Gary didn't cut me or nothing. I asked Gary for my release because I was on the shelf for 6 months and he wasn't doing nothing, so I asked him and he granted me a release. And then from there, it was just me. I was just stuck," stated jr. middleweight Ty Brunson, who talked about his upcoming September 21 return to the ring and much more. Check it out!
PC: You are back on the comeback trail on September 21st. How do you feel?
TB: I feel great, man. I have a great camp. I've been training for the last 4 or 5 months. I feel great, man, and I'm ready to get back in.
PC: Your opponent is right at 80 pro bouts. What's the process in this comeback as far as caliber of opponents you are looking to face?
TB: Right now, I want to get a couple tune-up fights to knock the rust off. Once I knock this rust off, I say 2 or 3 fights, then it's whatever from there.
PC: Will you be competing at middleweight or junior middleweight?
TB: Ah man, 54 in the comeback, but I'm thinking about going down to 47. I walk around the gym, I mean, 2 weeks ag,o I was at 55. But I'm going to come back for this fight at 54 and I'm going to gradually come down to 47. My next fight, I'll probably come in at 50.
PC: You didn't compete at all in 2010 or 2011; one fight in 2012. Where have you been?
TB: I never left, man. It was more like me dealing with inexperienced people that didn't know the business side and couldn't get me a fight. After I lost to Carson Jones in '09, Gary didn't cut me or nothing. I asked Gary for my release because I was on the shelf for 6 months and he wasn't doing nothing, so I asked him and he granted me a release. And then from there, it was just me. I was just stuck.
PC: Are you currently signed to someone or are you still a free agent?
TB: I'm a free agent on the promotional side.
PC: The game has changed a lot since you've been out of the loop the past 3 years or so. What are some of the biggest differences that you see?
TB: I see a lot of bad decisions; a lot of robberies. It's hurting the sport, man; bad judging. They are only rewarding the aggression and not the skills.
PC: You are still out there in Philly. Who are you working with?
TB: I'm down in Joe Hand, same gym as Bernard Hopkins. I'm training with Vaughn Jackson, who trained Mike Jones to the title. The work out there there is great work out here in Philadelphia right now.
PC: Like I said, only 1 fight in the last 3 years. I'm sure you have gone through a maturation process as a fighter. What can people expect from you on the 21st?
TB: Ah man, this time around, I have matured. I know the game more. They can expect me to make a name for myself next year. I want to finish this year out with 3 to 4 fights, but next year is my year. I got a lot to prove to the people that don't believe in me. This year is just going to be a preview of what the next year will hold for me. I'm going to step up in competition and I'm going to beat these guys that I'm supposed to beat. A lot of people don't understand, I had 97 fights as an amateur. I have always had good competition. This knockout thing of me knocking all but one of my opponents out is a gift and a curse because people don't take me serious all the time, but this time around, they gonna see a whole different Tyrone Brunson, I promise y'all. I'm hungry; I got something to work for. I got two beautiful kids to work for and that's all that matters right now.
PC: Even though you were out of the game for a couple of years, you are still relatively young. Is that something that you feel is an advantage, because most guys that leave the game for a few years come back old and damaged?
TB: That's the best part about it. I don't have a lot of wear and tear on my body. These guys have been in wars and their bodies beat up. I'm fresh, I left fresh, and I'm still fresh.
PC: You obviously stayed in good shape if you feel like at some point you can go down to welterweight. Were you in the gym or just doing cardio and calisthenics?
TB: I was doing gym work, and in the process, I had a chance to see my kids grow too. I was always in the gym, yes sir.
PC: With the growth of both the welterweight and junior middleweight division over the last couple of years, do you feel like your timing is perfect for this comeback?
TB: It's great timing because if I go down to 47, I'm going to shake the whole division up because I'm coming out there punching and I'm gonna have them 8 oz. on, so it's gonna be fireworks.
PC: Tell us about your lone fight in 2012 when you fought James De la Rosa.
TB: People don't know I took that fight on 3 weeks' notice, and at the weigh-in, the guy was skinny and foaming out of the mouth and he couldn't make the weight, and then the night of the fight, he was blown back up. What I'm trying to say is the guy was on something. He tested positive the fight before me, and when I fought him, I know he was on something. He was just too big and too strong and you can't be back normal in one day. He is a cheater. And I'm not even trying to go there again and fight him again, but I just want everybody to know he is a cheater. It's like what Floyd is trying to do; he is trying to clean the sport up. Too many guys getting caught on these PEDs and it don't make sense. I have never cheated a day in my life in the boxing game; maybe on a school test or something (laughing), but never in a sport that can take somebody's life. I believe in Bernard Hopkins' method; doing it the old school way through hard work. Hard work wins fights.
PC: I agree with that. I wish you the best of luck on this comeback and definitely in your fight on the 21st. Is there anything else you want to add?
TB: I appreciate your time, man, and I thank you!
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