|Kermit Cintron; “I would knock Zab Judah out in the early rounds”
INTERVIEW by Gabriel Montoya (Aug 15, 2007) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © German Villasenor)
Moments ago, Kermit Cintron gave Doghouseboxing.com’s Gabriel Montoya a call two weigh in on Paul Williams and a proposed fight with Zab Judah in December on Showtime.
Gabriel Montoya: Let’s get right to it. I’ve been hearing a lot of stuff about you avoiding Paul Williams. His fans seem to feel you are avoiding him by taking the Jesse Feliciano fight. You want to go on record about how you feel about fighting Paul Williams?
Kermit Cintron: I’ll fight Paul Williams any day. I don’t see no problem. He doesn’t impress me at all. I got the best sparring partners in the world to get ready for him. I’m taking the Feliciano fight just to stay busy. I don’t care what they fight they give me as long as I’m busy. That’s the reason we are fighting Feliciano. To stay busy.
GM: Zab Judah. Would you be willing to fight him?
KC: Like I said, I’ll fight anyone they put in front of me.
GM: Do you see yourself fighting at 154 in the near future or do you see a long reign at welterweight?
KC: The weight is no problem. I don’t have no problems making it. If an opportunity to make a big money fight came along, yes I would move up.
GM: How important to your legacy and as a man, as a fighter is it to fight Margarito and to avenge that loss?
KC: That is one fight I want to avenge. He beat me fair and square. Whatever happened happened. But this is a real different Kermit Cintron. That’s a fight that I want so hopefully if not this year then early next year.
GM: So you just got Feliciano and you want to fight again in December. Is there anyone on the table or is it up in the air?
KC: They mentioned Zab Judah, fighting December 8th on Showtime. If the opportunity is there, we’ll take it.
GM: Who mentioned that? Was it Showtime?
KC: I believe it was, yes.
GM: When did that happen? Last couple days?
KC: Yeah. Last couple days. I guess Manny received a call from the Showtime people regarding fighting Zab Judah on Showtime December 8th.
GM: That’s awesome. How do you see that fight playing out?
KC: I’d probably knock him out in the early rounds. Probably knock him out no more than 6 rounds.
GM: You don’t see him as dangerous with his speed at all?
KC: Well, he comes to fight and he is slick or whatever but eventually I’ll get him.
GM: Jumping back to Feliciano fight, have you seen any tape of him? How do you see that fight playing out?
KC: I watched him a couple times on ESPN. He is fighter that comes straight ahead and doesn’t back down.
GM: How do you see it? Knockout?
KC: I’m just going to go out there and try to win the fight. That’s the most important thing. To win the fight.
GM: Do you approach a fight similar to a homerun hitter, not looking for the homerun but simply swinging the bat and whatever happens, happens? You can’t really worry about a specific result?
KC: I don’t really look for the knockout. I just try to set up my jab, combinations, and different angles. What I try to do now is try to box. Move around and try to set him up for a big shot.
GM: One last thing. I mentioned this to Manny and I wanted to get your opinion on it. I’d heard a rumor that before Williams fought Margarito, you’d been offered the fight with Williams and you guys turned it down. Is that true?
KC: I’ve never heard anything about a fight involving Paul Williams.
GM: Okay, thank you very much.
KC: Thank you.
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