When you turned professional in 1993, you quickly moved towards a world lightweight title. How did you find that experience?
In my first fight, I played 6 rounds and fought a former California champion. Then I fought two 6 Rounders, two 8 Rounders and the rest were teenagers. I was thinking of winning the title as soon as possible, but it was a little difficult because there was no promoter at that time. Well, I had a promoter, but I didn’t have a big promoter.
When I was with Cedric Kushner, I was able to fight Philip Holiday on my first title (IBF lightweight) shot. But because of the fight, I took too much creatine and got sick. I went to a ring that weighed 137, and he weighed 147. He was 10 pounds heavier than me. I was like, “Oh man, I did this myself.” But I still got him out of the box, moved around and messed with the path to my first world title.
Did you learn much earlier?
Yes, but above all due to sparring. Thanks to Genaro Hernandez and Zack Padilla. When I came, I sparred on those two world champions, and Zack Padilla broke the record with the amount of punch he threw. I spar 10 or 12 rounds with him almost every day. I had nothing to fight hard for 12 rounds. I just had the courage to keep punching and punching hard.
I felt invincible when it came to combat. But when I sparred on these two world champions, they let me know that if I wanted to shrink me to size and maintain the world title, I still need to work hard. I had those two measure myself.
Those sparring sessions were much harder than any of the fights I’ve ever had. I was going to fight to get paid. But my sparring session was like a real battle and legendary. The fight was like he was fighting Joe Blow wherever he was. Boom, I had to knock him out in the first, second, or third (round), receive a check, and help them fight, so I’m back in sparring again.
Do you think you were in the best light weight?
Yes. They were my most perfect day as I did a great job with everyone and showed my perfect weapon in those fights. I have shown that I can move forward, backward, left and right and stand from toe to toe. Whatever you want to do, I will beat you. The welterweight was really good and it was really fast there, but the lightweight was really big and strong.
What do you remember about the June 2000 battle with Oscar De La Hoya in the welterweight division?
People think I won the fight at that speed, but what really benefited me was the speed of my feet and the fact that he was tired of catching up with my strength. The first six rounds were over and I blew him away later in the fight. He did his best to be with me, and my foot speed was a bit too fast for him. It was difficult for him. The speed of our hands was actually the same, but my feet were fast and my strength meant he couldn’t keep up with the tempo.
Was Vernon Forrest, the first man to beat you in 2002, all wrong for you in style?
Not much was he wrong with me. Vernon was a very good fighter in itself. He also had certain advantages. He worked with me on the Olympic team. There was something I did with the rings he knew and had available. And he did.
The big thing for me and Vernon was Vernon’s height and his ability to cross over my jabs. Usually when I was lightweight and fought the guys, they were shorter or the same size than me.
Then I go to the welterweight division, and everyone was taller than me, and Vernon had a really good long right hand. I think I lowered it the way I threw the jab, and he just came straight up and caught me. It could be said that it was a matter of style, but he was still a great fighter and world champion.
Even after knocking down and getting off again, I was trying to win. And the fight when I saw it a year ago was still really exciting for me. We were coming and going and he dropped me, and it was exciting. I’m getting up, beating, and trying to make a comeback. He hit me with a good body shot. I will stay there and fight the whole fight. The fight showed that I could not only punch hard and speed up, but also get a good punch, and as long as I could put it on the plate, I would get it too You can put it in. I think I showed you the character. I was no longer a champion, but I showed my heart as a champion.
What do you remember about the immediate rematch with Forest?
The second fight with Vernon was even better. I mean, it was the most boring fight I had, as I had a lot of holdings and stuff, but it was still better than the first one. Well, the first one was better in terms of excitement, but for me it was better than the first one. It was much closer.
Of all the fighters you’ve faced over the years, who really impressed you?
I was really impressed with (Miguel) Cotto. I thought I had beaten him, but I was impressed. He had a pretty good jab and kept catching me with it. I thought he would be late. I knew he would have good power, but his timing and accuracy were pretty good. But I thought I won the cot. Even Punch’s stats said so. He could have given him that because he landed some good shots at the end, but looking at the punch stats, I threw more punches than he did and more I landed the power shot of. He landed more jabs than I did. I don’t know, I think I won the battle. It was controversial. Another fighter that impressed me early on was Manuel Gomez. I fought him in my first lightweight title defense, and he surprised me. I was hitting him on my chin, and I couldn’t knock him out. I hit him against my body, I drop him, and he stands up and he is still fighting me and intentionally throwing shots. If I wasn’t careful, he could catch me. He was better than I expected.
You won some kind of upset victory over Antonio Margarito in 2009. Did that level of performance surprise you relatively late in your career?
When I defeated Margarito, I wasn’t shocked because I trained so hard. I had a personal problem at the time, but I trained hard. Just before going to the ring, I told my son Shane Jr. “Can you see me? Do you know what I look like?” He said, “Yes, dad, I see you.” I said, “Like. This is the way you are supposed to see when you walk into the ring. I’m going to knock him out. Look at this.’
It was a great fight, a great memory, and I love every bit of it. Jab the body, from head to head, to the hook on the left, everything we worked on … all my efforts were there. I stabbed him in my stomach, broke his core and broke his spirit. Then I went to my head and was able to drop him and defeat him.
Was Margarito’s performance the best of your career?
I think it was probably one of my best performances. That might be great, especially since I was starting to become an older fighter and Margarito was a young fighter who could kick you out of it and bang. He had a great chin and people were almost afraid of him. I went there as an older fighter, and he barely touched me. He wasn’t hitting me at all. And I’m recording shots and disassembling him all the time. I hit him on the outside and inside. wherever.
When you remember the moment that rocked Floyd Mayweather in the second round of the 2010 battle, do you think you’re wondering what you could do?
Certainly, history may have changed. I think Floyd thought he was an older man, oh. He is neither as strong nor as fast as he used to be. He didn’t believe in that power. When I hit him for the first time, I think it surprised him. You could see him thinking, how did he get it right? He wasn’t convinced yet, so he tried his little check hook and I crossed the top again with my right hand. At that time, I almost knocked him out.
I think he saw black for a moment and thought he would be knocked out. But in some way he proved he was the champion by recovering from it. He held what he needed to survive and began to do it. That’s what the champion does. They survive and find a way to win. He did just that. He is clearly a great fighter. He has great legs and is very sharp with his punches. He points out that his shot is really good. He threw a fast shot and his power was pretty decent. I was surprised at the punching power when I was fighting Floyd. I thought he had a pretty good sting on his shot.
What if you met Floyd early in your career?
Hey you. I was thinking about it when I was in the ring with him. I’m a man, if I were a little younger, how would this fight go now? How is it different? I used to think I would have knocked him out. I felt I was going to knock him out in the next round, but the bell rang. I hit him with my first right hand, wobbled him, hit him with my second right hand, wobbled him, and the bell rang after 15 seconds. I thought there was no problem. We will meet him in the next round. I thought he would catch him again with an unexpected shot and knock him out. I didn’t think he could take my punch. I rocked him in the second round, but it wasn’t too difficult. I slipped in and caught him. So I knew I was going to take him again.
But that never happened. I couldn’t get another pretty shot. If I was a little younger and in good shape, I think I could have thrown more punches to change positions and I think I could have caught him on the shot I was looking for. My timing wouldn’t have been as bad as when I fought him. It would have been much better, and I would have timed him to catch him.
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