"I set it up with the overhand right as I could see he was opening his guard to parry the punch. That left the opening for the uppercut...It is somthing I've been working on based on a few bad fights I've had in the past. Plus I'm a lot more composed and confident I can beat anyone," stated welterweight contender Paul Daley, who talked about his most recent victory, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: What's up, Paul? Congratulations on your knockout win against Romario Manoel da Silva!
PD: Thanks; was a good one.
PC: Man, he was definitely willing to trade with you, which is usually a bad idea. Were you kind of surprised how brave he fought against you standing?
PD: Nah, I knew he would. He old school Chute Boxe. I knew too it would be a bad idea.
PC: You landed a nasty uppercut that put him right out. What did you see? Talk us through the knockout.
PD: I set it up with the overhand right as I could see he was opening his guard to parry the punch. That left the opening for the uppercut.
PC: Something that I have been noticing in your fights is that you seem a lot more patient now. You don't seem to search for the knockout like you did in the past. Is that something that you worked on or does it just come with being a veteran in the game?
PD: It is somthing I've been working on based on a few bad fights I've had in the past. Plus I'm a lot more composed and confident I can beat anyone.
PC: Your last 5 wins are by knockout. Do you feel like you are the most dangerous striker at 170?
PD: I think the record says it all. 34 wins, 28 knockouts; some records says 25, but three have been TKOs or submissions from strikes.
PC: What has it been like for you to be able to compete all over the world for multiple organizations?
PD: I'm loving it. It's great to network. It's been beneficial.
PC: What has the work at your gym, Spirit Dojo, been like and how do you juggle both fighting and managing a gym?
PD: It's easy, really. I train, I teach, eat, I rest; in the evening, I train, I eat, I teach, I sleep. Simple. I've found a comfortable routine. It's perfect.
PC: You're only 30 years old, but yet you have almost 50 fights under your belt. Do you feel like you are just now hitting your prime fighting years?
PD: I feel a lot more comfortable. I know my body. I know how to prepare for a fight. I have great coaches and good people around me.
PC: At one point, you were hot on Georges St-Pierre's trail. He has now decided to step away from the game and vacate his title. What are your thoughts on that?
PD: He done his thing; he made a lot of money from looking good and being dominant, although he's not an exciting finisher.
PC: I know you are a huge boxing and kickboxing fan. First, on the kickboxing front, how big of a deal is it to finally have someone like a Spike TV invest in GLORY and furthermore for them to openly invite Floyd Mayweather to their events?
PD: Massive! GLORY is doing big things. They will go far. I'm hoping to do the kickboxing crossover, Overeem style.
PC: Did you think it would only be a matter of time before kickboxing became big in the States and get a network deal?
PD: Yeah. It's exciting and always actioned-packed with knockouts; just needed marketing right.
PC: I think 2013 was a great year for the sport of boxing. What were some of the moments that captured your attention?
PD: Mayweather's dominance and Bradley's fight with the Russian [Ruslan Provodnikov].
PC: Great to have you back on the site. I wish you the best of luck in 2014. Is there anything else you want to add?
PD: Support me at Semtex.tv. Follow my team and gym, Spirit Dojo on Facebook. Thanks to my main sponsors: Hooligans United, Maximuscle, and bannedfightwear.com.
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