"I'm not trying to say I'm a boss or anything, but to me, it's Bob Arum telling me I'm gonna be the future of boxing, so basically I can do what I want now. We don't have to wait on nobody. They want me to get there as soon as possible and that's why I'm with Top Rank today because I can fight anywhere I want to go and they are saying yes to all of the fights that I want to fight...I think he is an okay fighter, but he's just average. He's a C-class bum. I think at the end of the day, I stop him for several reasons. His punches are two slow, he is a tad bit too late on his punches, and he starts late. Everybody knows I start and I finish," stated fast-rising super middleweight contender Jesse Hart, who talked about his April 11 clash with fellow contender Ossie Duran on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Check it out!
PC: My man, always good to get a call from you. You must have something you want to get off of your chest or you saw something that bothered you.
JH: It's been a lot of propaganda, man. It's been a lot going on in the boxing world. You have a fighter who hears his name being called out a lot and his response is, "I'm not champion, so why are all these guys calling me out?" I mean, damn! I'm speaking for myself and when it comes to me, I just want to fight. I don't care who is calling my name out, we can make it happen. Long story short, we definitely trying to make the Ronald Hearns fight happen. We sit down with Bob Arum every day seeing what dates we have coming up. I believe it will be televised on HBO on June 7th for the WBO Intercontinental title. I believe that's what we are aiming for.
PC: Before that business, you have some other business to attend to though, right?
JH: Yeah, we got Ossie Duran before that on April 11th, Mandalay Bay in Vegas, the day before the Pacquiao card. I'm hitting you up because Top Rank got at BoxingScene before they got with y'all, but I wanted that article up on FightHype. Bob Arum told me I can do what I want to do. It's not about the business-side with me. If I want a bout, Bob is gonna do whatever it takes to make that happen. There is an article up where Top Rank got at them and said, "He can do whatever he wants. He could have fought on the Pacquiao card, he could fight on the ESPN card, or he could have fought at home in his hometown on the Amir Mansour/Steve Cunningham card. He can do whatever he wants to do." I want to know who can say they can do that? Not many fighters can say they can do that. And I'm not bragging about it, but it shows how real it is that if I want something to happen, they just go ahead and make it happen. It's not because of them a fight don't go down. It's gotta be because of the other side.
PC: What is it like to have that free range and have your promoter tell you that you can fight whenever you want and wherever you want to?
JH: It's the best feeling in the world. Floyd Mayweather uses this line, "Bosses do what they want and workers do what they can." I'm not trying to say I'm a boss or anything, but to me, it's Bob Arum telling me I'm gonna be the future of boxing, so basically I can do what I want now. We don't have to wait on nobody. They want me to get there as soon as possible and that's why I'm with Top Rank today because I can fight anywhere I want to go and they are saying yes to all of the fights that I want to fight. You got Carl Moretti, you got Bob Arum, you got Todd DuBoef and all of these guys over at Top Rank. Brad Goodman, he is on the line saying he can get fighters, and the head man, the boss, Bob Arum calls my phone and says, "You can do whatever you want kid. What do you want to do?" He will always tell me what he thinks is the best situation for me, but then will say if I want to fight on the Pacquiao card, I can, if I want to fight at home, I can, or at the Mandalay Bay, I can. He gives me the best options for me. It's all a blessing.
PC: Going back to your fight at the Mandalay Bay for a second, a lot of people felt like Ossie Duran defeated Caleb Truax in his last fight. What do you think of Ossie as an opponent?
JH: I think he is an okay fighter, but he's just average. He's a C-class bum. I think at the end of the day, I stop him for several reasons. His punches are two slow, he is a tad bit too late on his punches, and he starts late. Everybody knows I start and I finish. I'm not like Truax. Truax slowed down and I think that's why Ossie was able to come on and have people think he should have gotten the nod. But he started too late in my opinion. But we gonna take advantage of that. I'm just looking forward to April 11th, ESPN, as the co-main event on Friday Night Fights.
PC: For sure man. So going back to what you were initially saying, you feel like guys are hiding behind the business of boxing as an excuse not to mix it up?
JH: I just want to stop all of this fraud in the game. If you are really a fighter and you say you can fight whoever you want to fight, then make it happen. Top Rank is making it happen. If you ask for a fight and your promotional team is holding you up, then that goes to say something about you and your people. I don't want to speak negative about Floyd Mayweather, but if these guys want to fight and, like Floyd said, he's his own boss, they gotta go through him. What's going on with that situation? When a guy asks me about the Badou Jack fight and asks me what's going on with that, they want to see that fight. I don't have no control over him. He's gotta answer to his people. I don't have to answer to my people because they already gave me the green light to do whatever I want to do. You got Bob Arum telling you that you can fight whatever day you want, and they put it out there on the internet. I never said it because I didn't want people being like, "How does he get to do whatever he wants to," and this that and the third. They look at it as arrogance and it's not that. It's not that at all. I'm just confident and they are confident in me. They have that much confidence in me that I can do whatever they want to do. I think we should stop hiding behind promotional teams and business teams and just make these fights happen and give the people what they want to see. Why can't we do that? Why can't we give the people what they want to see? And me, I don't need the Jack fight. I don't need it, but it seems to be what the people want. If it's something that the people want and I can't give 'em, I feel disappointed. But it's not on me, guys. He has to answer to his bosses and his people and the people over him. He has a higher power. Me, my promotional team put it out there. I never said none of this. Top Rank and Todd DuBoef put it out there that I can do whatever I want to do. I can fight whoever I want to fight on whatever card I want to fight on. They put that out there, not me. I'm not just talking some BS. I'm willing to fight whoever, however, whenever; it doesn't matter to me.
I was told certain people do what they want, some do what they can, and some people don't even know what's going on out here in this world. I'm not one of the people not knowing what's going on. I know what's going on with my career. I ask the higher powers what's going on, what can we do, and how I can get more involved. I'm not just a fighter that says whatever you guys think because I want to know what's going on. I talk with tremendous confidence and the public thinks it's arrogance, but no, I'm just that confident in myself. I'm just so ready to prove who I am by displaying my talents. Everybody say, "Well, he hasn't fought anybody!" I'm willing to prove it, so if I'm willing to prove it, why aren't these guys willing to prove it and want to fight me? It's not me. I be seeing comments; not that they mean anything, but these guys think I don't want to fight. No, they don't want to fight me. When these guys go home at night or when they go back to the office to go over fights with their promoters, they don't bring up my name. Everybody elses name is brought up, not mine. Anybody that's ever watched me fight knows I fight like I talk.
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