"Barrera is a very good fight and maybe after I get a big fight, I could do that fight, but he doesn’t bring the same thing that Stevenson brings to the table. He doesn’t have a title and he’s not going to bring as much money to the table as Adonis Stevenson. But it’s still a good fight, but right now I’m focusing on Adonis Stevenson and the big money...hopefully I can take those belts from Adonis Stevenson soon and continue to fight the best," stated light heavyweight champion Badou Jack, who talked about a potential clash with fellow light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson. Check it out!
PC: Jeff Mayweather said you stole the show. No fight is easy, but you certainly made the Cleverly fight look easy. Congratulations!
BJ: Yeah, training camp was really hard, so the fight wasn’t too hard. It was kind of easy. If you train hard and prepare well, then the fight could be easy.
PC: You really improve with each fight. How did you feel out there, because it seemed like you were able to do anything that you wanted to do in there?
BJ: The extra weight made me feel much better too. I’m a natural light heavyweight. Not having to drop all the way down to 168 really helped. I think that’s the main reason I looked even better than I did at 168.
PC: Was there anything about Nathan Cleverly that was surprising to you or was he what you expected?
BJ: I knew that he was a tough guy, but I felt like I was on a different level than him. No disrespect to him because he is a tough guy. I’m not going to take too much credit for beating Cleverly because although he is a tough guy, I’m on a different level.
PC: You landed some great uppercuts, hooks, and your body work was phenomenal. You broke his will. When did you sense he was wilting a little bit?
BJ: I would say in the first round. I hit him with some jabs to the body, some good body shots, and when I did that, I was thinking, “This guy can’t mess with me.” I knew I would still be patient and break him down and then after a couple of rounds, get him out of there.
PC: What was it like for you to put on that type of performance on that type of stage? Diehard boxing fans knew what you were about, but there were many eyes on that night of fights and you shined.
BJ: I’m very happy with my performance and to be able to do that on that big stage was amazing. I’m just going to continue to stay humble and try to do better in the next fight against hopefully Stevenson, who is a much better fight than Cleverly.
PC: That’s very important to you to remain humble. You always speak about that and I have never seen so many fighters and trainers in boxing happier for someone to have success like they were for you because of your humbleness.
BJ: Yeah, it’s important to not get too big-headed with the fame and money and stuff. Anything can happen in boxing. One punch can change a fight and could change your career, so I will stay hungry, stay humble, and be thankful for my fans and my team and continue to work hard. I’m here to fight the best. I have an old school mentality. Of course I want to get paid. I want to get paid and create my legacy, so I want to fight the toughest fighters out there and get paid.
PC: How did it feel to make weight and not have to totally deplete yourself in the process?
BJ: I mean, I lost a lot of weight for this fight too. Making 175 is not easy, but it’s better than going all the way down to 168. I lost almost 30 pounds during camp. This is my weight class though. I’m never going to go back down to 168; 175 and up is my weight.
PC: You said and up; sounds like you’re trying to attempt something great.
BJ: Right now, we’re just focusing on light heavyweight. In the future, I might move up another weight class. I think I will make my money at 175.
PC: You’re saying you want Adonis Stevenson and he’s saying he wants to fight you. Sullivan Barrera said he wants to fight you. Any time you perform the way you performed on that stage, this is what comes from it. I’m sure that’s something that doesn’t bother you.
BJ: Yeah, I’m very blessed and very happy and thankful. I want to thank Floyd and my team for that, just setting me up with these opportunities. Everybody did a hell of a job for this fight and now I’m going to get some big fights. Barrera is a very good fight and maybe after I get a big fight, I could do that fight, but he doesn’t bring the same thing that Stevenson brings to the table. He doesn’t have a title and he’s not going to bring as much money to the table as Adonis Stevenson. But it’s still a good fight, but right now I’m focusing on Adonis Stevenson and the big money. But, if that fight don’t happen, I’m always willing to face anyone. I want the best fights and the toughest fights that will generate the most money and obviously the belts too.
PC: Adonis Stevenson catches a lot of flak, but at the end of the day, he’s defeated everyone he’s been in the ring with. How does a fight between Jack and Stevenson play out?
BJ: You know, I respect him. A lot of people say he’s a clown and he ducks everybody, and that might be true a little bit, but you can’t forget that he’s a good fighter as well and he’s got a vicious left hand. You gotta respect him and that’s the main reason I want to fight him because he is a good fighter. He’s a big name and I think it’s the biggest money fight for me at light heavyweight. Maybe Andre Ward would be, but I don’t know if he’s going to stay at light heavyweight or what his plans are. But, politics aside, that’s the biggest fight for me.
PC: Before I let you go, I gotta let you talk about Amino Ripper, which is your new supplement coming out. I think amino acids are a great supplement. Tell us about yours.
BJ: Amino Ripper is going to be the most advanced amino acid on the market. It’s going to be available in the next month or so, so you can pre-order it by visiting http://www.aminoripper.com or contacting Amer Abdallah at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s an all-natural brand, so if you’re looking to get VADA approved or just getting a natural supplement into your body, this is going to be great. I haven’t even had a chance to take it yet, so when it hits the market, I will definitely be on it.
PC: I look forward to checking out your product and definitely look forward to seeing you back in the ring again soon; hopefully against Stevenson. Is there anything else you would like to add?
BJ: I want to thank everybody that supported me for this fight and in the future. Hopefully I made some new fans after this performance and moving forward and hopefully I can take those belts from Adonis Stevenson soon and continue to fight the best.
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