"I like the fact that he's a boxer and a southpaw and just the total opposite of Gatica. Gatica was a brawler and he came in and kind of shocked me. He surprised me by boxing a little. He didn't fight the way that I was expecting him to fight and he made the fight tough for me. But Willie Monroe, I'm looking forward to fighting him...I will definitely come prepared," stated middeweight contender Brandon Adams, who talked about his upcoming clash with Willie Monroe in the finals of the Boxcino tournament. Check it out!
PC: How is preparation for the final fight in the Boxcino tournament against Willie Monroe?
BA: Everything is good. I'm training hard and feeling good.
PC: You are coming off of a split decision win over Raymond Gatica in which I thought you won unanimously. What were you thinking as the scorecards were being read? Were you nervous?
BA: I didn't even pay it any attention. To be honest, man, I just knew I won, I felt like I won, so when they said split decision, that's why I didn't even give any reaction to it because I just felt I won.
PC: What has the tournament format been like for you? In one sense, your fights are lined up if you win, but on the other hand, would you like a little bit more of a break in between fights?
BA: To be honest, man, I do like it because it makes me always have to work, but at the same time, I would like to take a little break and enjoy the win a little more. It's a bit of a love-hate relationship with this tournament.
PC: Willie Monroe Jr. was very complimentary of you when I spoke to him. What do you think of him as an opponent?
BA: Yeah man, I got a lot of respect for that guy as well. I like the fact that he's a boxer and a southpaw and just the total opposite of Gatica. Gatica was a brawler and he came in and kind of shocked me. He surprised me by boxing a little. He didn't fight the way that I was expecting him to fight and he made the fight tough for me. But Willie Monroe, I'm looking forward to fighting him.
PC: You are fighting him in his home state of New York. Is that something that you are weary of or is it just another fight for you?
BA: I wouldn't say it matters. At the end of the day, we are both Americans and I don't think it's much of a home court advantage for him. That's the way I feel about it. On that night, I will be from New York as well.
PC: You take the sport very serious and you could see that in your fights, but you seem to have fun with the sport and choose not to be the straight face, all business type of fighter. You're always smiling and it appears it's just another day in the office for you.
BA: Yeah, well, sort of, but at the same time, I'm very appreciative of the situation that I am in. Just last year, there were a lot of people who didn't know who Brandon Adams was. Because of this tournament now, the world is seeing me. I'm on ESPN and people are hearing about me. I appreciate all of it and I'm enjoying it.
PC: The exposure of ESPN is one thing, but through this tournament and advancing, you are on pretty often. That has to be helping your brand.
BA: Yeah, it definitely is.
PC: Monroe likes to use all 4 corners of the ring. Is the key to slowing that down to cut off the ring and use a lot of body work?
BA: That's some of it. I believe I'm fast, like he is, but I also know I am much stronger then he is. I recognize that as well, so it's a little bit of everything. There will be times where I feel my movement will be faster and I will take advantage of any opportunity. That's what the team works on constantly is looking at our opponent and figuring out their weak point and capitalizing off of them.
PC: Of course Monroe has the same advantage, but it has to be beneficial to see your opponent fight so often to be able to watch his fights and go study him as opposed to some guys you can't even find footage of at this stage?
BA: Actually man, I got the privilege of seeing him fight in person, so I mean, I can't really work too much off of the footage and what works on him because I'm a different fighter from other guys. I can't look at him and say, "Okay, I'm gonna come in and do this because Vitaliy was able to capitalize on that." Vitaliy is much taller than me and when he fought Donatas, he doesn't move like I move. So what I was mainly looking at was his movement, not necessarily how he throw his punches, because all of that stuff can change.
PC: How do you feel like you have progressed as this tournament has moved forward?
BA: I think I have been progressing pretty good. My whole thing was to get the experience of fighting often. The more fights I have, the better I will look and the better I will be. I know that I was lacking experience in this tournament, but there is a lot of things that my trainers see when they watch me work where they think I could be a bright star in boxing. If I could just display that in front of the cameras, who knows what Brandon Adams is really capable of.
PC: Willie said he would have to see on fight night what will separate you guys. Do you feel the same way or do you feel you possess something that will ultimately separate you two and have your hand raised?
BA: I agree with him, to be honest. I'm not gonna lie, but I will say that I plan on giving it my all. This is a championship fight for me. I will come hard and I'm gonna give it all I got. A lot of people may not think this championship means much because it's not a world title, but for me, it is a world title. It's something I have never had before. I never won an amateur title or played any other sports, so this is pretty heavy to me. This is pretty big, so I'm gonna go out there and give it my all.
PC: I wish you the best of luck on the 23rd. I look forward to speaking to you afterwards. Is there anything else you want to add?
BA: Thank you! I just want to thank you for the interview, man. I want to thank my fans out there, shout out to my family in California; Watts. I will definitely come prepared on May 23rd.
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