"I learned a lot in that fight. That's actually who I'm fighting on June 30th. This time, I'm promising a knockout. I feel like I could have did it then, but it was a lot of inexperience. I feel like I learned a lot in that fight and you don't put nobody back in front of me a second time. It's bad for him. It was a controversial draw the first time. This time, I don't think it's going to be a question. I want it to end by stoppage. I'll get past this one and move on to the next," stated lightweight contender Damon Allen Jr., who talked about his upcoming return to the ring and much more. Check it out!
PC: My man, how have you been?
DA: Everything has been going good. Grinding; slow grind.
PC: A lot of people were sending you messages on social media wishing you were on that last Golden Boy Promotions ESPN card. I'm sure you wish you were on it as well.
DA: Yeah, I was feeling the same way. It's going to happen. When the time is right, it's going to come.
PC: I know you do have something on the horizon though. Tell us about it.
DA: I'm supposed to fight June 30th in Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino. That's about 8 weeks away, so I'm preparing for that. I'm not sure if it's going to be televised or not. I'm hoping it's going to be televised, but I know every fight after that, I'm trying to have it televised. I know Golden Boy just signed that deal. I'm trying to be the co-main or headline. But June 30th is the main focus right now.
PC: I'm sure you were excited when you saw the Golden Boy/ESPN deal because that's a lot of dates that have to be filled.
DA: Right! I was ecstatic when I seen that. I knew it would be no more sitting around and not having dates; there are options now. I'll be busy this year and the next. That's the plan, to be busy and go from there. I'm trying to catch me one of them regional belts by the end of the year or by the top of 2018.
PC: What is the work in the gym like right now because June 30th is a little ways away?
DA: We just going steady right now and getting in camp mode. Yesterday was my first day sparring. I beat up on some guys yesterday. I'm just going steady and not doing too much where at this point, it would be overkill. My grandpop's 80-something years old and he got a little saying that you don't ever want to be too sharp before the fight or you will go into the fight stale. So we just going steady and taking our time, but we have been getting our road work in; that way when it's time to make that switch in the next few weeks, it'll be that much easier.
PC: Billy Briscoe told me the other day that your grandfather trains the fundamentals of boxing better than anyone he's ever seen before. What is it like for you to have him show you the ropes and helping you out in your career?
DA: Man, I didn't realize how much he taught me until recently; like I'm just realizing it now. I just turned 24 and the years in it was just second nature to me and now the more I sit back and look at it, it's like, damn, I know some old school tricks. And the way he teaches me, everybody can't be taught like that. He would show some fighters the things he shows me and some fighters will just be lost. It's just second nature to me. I can train like one of the old school fighters and its all fundamentals. He shows me everything, from throwing a jab to little tricks to clinching; everything. He's definitely one of the best fundamentally sound coaches that I've been around. I've been around some coaches and he's one of the best.
PC: Any time you have someone of that age and stature around, I'm sure you take every opportunity to pick his brain and there is a wealth of knowledge there.
DA: Right! A regular conversation with him we'll be having a conversation about something small and he'll just start talking about Joey Giardello or Joe Louis or the time he went to a fight and saw a local fighter fight at the Blue Horizon, or I'll sit down with him and watch some old fights on YouTube. It's shocking to him that you can go to YouTube and see all of the old fights on there. So we will type in some guys that most fighters won't usually type in and go watch it and study them and take tricks from them. It's a guy that we watch a lot, Jersey Joe Walcott, we watch him a lot because I do a lot of stuff that he do; a lot of tricks that he do. So we just sit down and watch him. He's 88 years old, so I just take all of the wisdom I can from him. He's been around the game for a long time, so I just learn from that.
PC: You have gone 8 rounds twice already, well, scheduled to go 8 rounds twice and you did on one occasion. What was that like for you getting those 8 rounds in and how did you feel afterwards?
DA: I felt good. I feel like I have been an 8-round fighter from day one. I've always felt like I have been an 8-round fighter from the way I was trained. But to be honest, the first time going 8 rounds, there was a little test. Not from being out of shape or nothing like that; it was just a mental thing. Ever since then, I'm good. I can go 12 if I need to go 12. I'm looking to go 12 soon. I'm really out to snatch me up one of them belts.
PC: Last year, you had a draw against a guy that was a 47-fight veteran in Luis Arceo only 10 fights into your career. I'm sure you learned a lot about yourself in that fight.
DA: I learned a lot in that fight. That's actually who I'm fighting on June 30th. This time, I'm promising a knockout. I feel like I could have did it then, but it was a lot of inexperience. I feel like I learned a lot in that fight and you don't put nobody back in front of me a second time. It's bad for him. It was a controversial draw the first time. This time, I don't think it's going to be a question. I want it to end by stoppage. I'll get past this one and move on to the next.
PC: I know some young fighters wouldn't have revisited this fight, which says a lot about you as a fighter.
DA: It's an ego thing. I'm kind of begging for this guy. That didn't sit well with me, so he gotta catch these hands real fast and then we will move on to the next. I'm trying to go 5 times this year. That's the plan. That will be ideal for me, so 4 more times is what I'm planning to do after June 30th.
PC: Good luck in training. I'll definitely get some camp updates from you and we will talk soon.
DA: My journey to become a world champion ain't that far away. I'm the next big thing coming out of Philly and the next big thing coming out of the lightweight division; Damon Allen!
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