"I know I'm ready to go 8, but we all know that I got that power, so we will see if my opponent can stand up to it...I'm gonna be explosive, but I'm gonna take my time. I get quick knockouts, but I don't go in there in a rush to get them. But I'm gonna be working my jab; everything is off of my jab. But when I get the opportunity to land big shots, they are coming punches in bunches," stated up-and-coming middleweight Terrell Gausha, who talked about his upcoming clash tonight on Golden Boy Live. Check out what else he had to say!
PC: My man, you had 6 fights last year. How do you feel about that kind of activity?
TG: I feel good with the activity. I'm on go right now (laughing).
PC: What was your first year as a pro like for you?
TG: I think it went good. I had a nice year. I got to experience a lot of things. I went down, so I faced a little adversity, but I picked myself up like a true champion and got the victory. I feel like down the stretch I started getting better and more comfortable and I ended with 3 knockouts, so I feel like I did good.
PC: You're out there on the west coast now in California. Was that a move that was necessary for your career in your opinion?
TG: Yeah! At first I was going back and forth with it because I am a loyal dude and I wanted to stick with my hometown of Cleveland and stuff, but I think it was better for me to be out here as far as the work and consistency and just to take it to another level. I feel comfortable out here. Everything is working good out here and the way I look at it is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
PC: I hear a lot of cats from Cleveland say there are a lot of distractions there and that's why it was necessary to move. Do you feel that was the case as well?
TG: Yeah, I love my city and all, but out here, the boxing competition level is more consistent and steady.
PC: Your first 8-rounder is tonight. Did you just up the rounds of sparring to prepare for that? Has there been an adjustment?
TG: I'm stepping up the rounds in the gym and doing extra roadwork and some strength and conditioning. I'm just taking it to another level. But I have been sparring more rounds, anywhere between 8 and 10, and I stay in while my sparring partners rotate. I know I'm ready to go 8, but we all know that I got that power, so we will see if my opponent can stand up to it.
PC: I feel like a lot of pressure was on you 2012 Olympic guys because things didn't go as many would have liked to see it go over there. When you look at how you guys responded as pros, how do you feel?
TG: I see nothing but talent, to tell you the truth. Everybody is doing great and everybody is still undefeated. I think we are moving pretty good. Everybody is staying busy and very active. Speaking for myself, there really wasn't no pressure for me. Coming from where I come from, all this is like cake and ice cream to me.
PC: Now that you are on the west coast training and have a stable situation, what can we expect tonight from Terrell Gausha?
TG: I'm gonna be explosive, but I'm gonna take my time. I get quick knockouts, but I don't go in there in a rush to get them. But I'm gonna be working my jab; everything is off of my jab. But when I get the opportunity to land big shots, they are coming punches in bunches.
PC: On the surface, it seems like the fight in which you got dropped was your only hiccup. Obviously fighters are tough on themselves when it comes to seeing mistakes. What did you go into this camp feeling like you needed to work on?
TG: For me, it's always a work in progress. I feel like each day I am getting better. Every fight, I'm my biggest critic; even a fight people might say I did excellent in, I might look at it and say, "Maybe I need to pick my hands up a little bit more" or "I got touched with a shot I didn't want to get touched with." I'll always try to improve in each fight and go from there and take it one step at a time.
PC: I was sitting right next to you after you last fight, which was a 1st round knockout, and by your expression, I couldn't tell if you won or lost.
TG: (Laughing) I just like to stay humble because I see a lot of times when people get too high on themselves, they fall off a little bit, so I wanna stay hungry and humble because at this stage in boxing, that's what we are supposed to be doing and that's what's expected. So that's what I expect from myself, so I don't really get too excited. I'm just taking them as they come.
PC: What are the goals for this year?
TG: Just stay undefeated and put on spectacular performances every time I get in the ring, and whoever they put in front of me, not only beat 'em, but beat 'em convincingly and in exciting fashion, you know. I just want to outclass everybody they put in front of me.
PC: I wish you the best tonight. We will be talking shortly after. Is there anything else you want to add?
TG: I just want to say shout out to my city and I just want to say being a part of Kid Chocolate's camp last year was a good good experience for me. I learned a lot from that camp and it was a really good experience for me. I also gotta give a big shout out to Al Haymon and his staff for everything that they do for me.
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