"I’m really happy to make it to Vegas and show everybody who I am now. I’m coming to fight. People are going to really enjoy this fight, that’s for sure...You can’t just go head hunting. Most Mexicans can take power shots to the head. Not many people can take body shots. I don’t care who you are. If you can put together some nice body punches, you’re going to slow anybody down," stated jr. middleweight contender Brandon Cook, who talked about his upcoming title shot against champion Jaime Munguia. Check it out!
PC: Saturday night, you will be on the biggest stage of your career against Jaime Munguia on the Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin card. What was your initial reaction to being offered the fight?
BC: I’ve always wanted to fight for a world title, so it’s a dream come true, right. He’s one of the biggest names coming up that people keep saying. He’s only 21 years old, he’s a monster, and he punches with power in both hands, but I don’t care. I don’t care who you are. It’s a world title shot and it’s everything that I ever dreamed of. I’m just gonna go in there and do my best to try and take that world title home. It’s a crazy experience being on the Triple G-Canelo card because those are two of my favorite fighters. I’m really happy to make it to Vegas and show everybody who I am now. I’m coming to fight. People are going to really enjoy this fight, that’s for sure.
PC: Given the props you just gave Munguia, how do you derail all of those things you mentioned?
BC: Everybody is going to say the same thing, you gotta wok the body. You gotta! You can’t just go head hunting. Most Mexicans can take power shots to the head. Not many people can take body shots. I don’t care who you are. If you can put together some nice body punches, you’re going to slow anybody down. Body punching is something that a lot of people do, but it depends on who you are. If I hit somebody in the body, it’s going to slow you down. So for me, I’m just going to stick to my game plan. We have a good game plan and we will see how it works out. If something doesn’t work, I always got a plan B. I’m going to go in there, fight my fight, be smart, and make sure my defense is pretty much perfect because of how hard this kid hits. I will have to feel him out, but I know I’m not going to get that much time because he keeps coming. I know he’s going to be coming right at me, so I have to be smart and pick my shots, but I know he leaves himself open quite a bit. If he does that and he gets hit with some of my shots, he’s going to feel it, that’s for sure.
PC: His defense was exposed in the Liam Smith fight and I actually thought when Sadam Ali wasn’t on his bicycle, he was able to land some clean shots, but you mentioned it, they were head shots. Do you feel like going to his body will be the difference as opposed to their attack?
BC: I definitely think that. He has a big torso. He has a big body and he doesn’t have a ton of armor around his body. So lots of body work is going to slow him right down and bring those hands down even more than they are already down. He throws for the fences and he’s throwing everything he can in each punch and half the time, he’s off-balanced. So if I can keep my balance and my hands up and ensure that everything goes as planned, he will realize once I start hitting him to the body that he may want to pace himself and not go as hard as he usually does. He’s going to have to be a little smarter. People don’t know who I am in the States. I have never fought in the States. Most of my fights were in Canada, but I had a lot of tough fights coming up. If you look at our records from when he first started to when I first started, a lot of his opponents were complete bums. But no disrespect to him, he’s an animal. Of course that’s how you build up your guy, but I’m 32 years old and he’s only 21. The last time I fought a 21-year-old and I was an underdog, I ended up knocking him out. I got smoked in the head with an ice bucket afterwards, but that was one of the craziest experiences I ever had. I went into someone’s backyard, I took his shots, and was still there and I just kept working the body quite a bit and then I landed my bomb. I ended up knocking him out and then a whole riot ended up happening. It was the craziest day of my life. But I just know when they are that young, they don’t think as much.
PC: Hostile territory shouldn’t be an issue because it sounds like you have been there and done that and obviously he will be favored and cheered coming out.
BC: Yeah, I don’t care, man. Once that bell rings, it’s just us and the ref in that ring.
PC: Do you feel that because of his style of fighting and his age that you will have to be in the best shape of your career to fight the type of fight that you will need to fight?
BC: Well, for me, I’ve been training all summer, man. I was supposed to fight Kell Brook and he pulled out because of his little ankle injury or whatever the hell it was. Then I was supposed to be fighting Sam Eggington and then the day I’m getting on the plane, I find out I’m not even fighting him. That was supposed to be July 28th. So I have been training all summer. I took one week off when I went to England, but I still trained when I was there. They still invited us to come because all of our stuff was already booked. I have been training all summer. I train for duathlons, so that’s running and then biking. I’m in shape. This is the best shape I have ever been in. I was in shape three weeks ago. I actually tried to stay a little heavy because when I do water load, I usually lose about 8 to 10 pounds in a day or two. For me, I’m in a great position, I’m eating perfect, and my team around me is great. I have no excuses when it comes to fight night.
PC: What do you think of the landscape of the 154-pound division?
BC: I think there is a ton of big names in the 154-pound division. Jermell Charlo, he’s one of my favorites too, and Jarrett Hurd, who is a monster for 154 pounds. Dude, these guys are huge. How do they even make the weight? You look at all of these different guys coming up and it’s great for boxing obviously. They put on great fights and there are a ton of names that keep mixing it up with each other. A lot of these guys don’t care who they fight. They will fight anybody. It’s like me, I’ll fight anybody; just send me a contract and let me know when I’m fighting.
PC: I wish you the best of luck on Saturday night. Hope we can catch up again soon. Is there anything else you want to add before I let you go?
BC: I came a long way. I have been fighting in the streets and that’s what got me into this. This is every kids' dream to fight for a world title. Any kid that’s out there and think they can’t do it, just look at my story. I came from nothing. I was a nobody. I had a 15-17 record as an amateur. I wasn’t shit, but I learned on the fly and it’s just possible that anything can happen. Follow your dreams, man. That’s all that I’m doing and I’m on the biggest stage of my life, so I’m going to do everything that I can and hope for the best.
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