|Lamon Brewster: "The lion is hungry and on the prowl again!"
Interview by Benny Henderson Jr. (Aug 27, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com (Photo © German Villasenor)
This Saturday night from the historical Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, OH, the former WBO heavyweight champion "Relentless" Lamon Brewster 33-4 (29) returns to the ring in search of another world title as he takes on battle-tested veteran Danny Batchelder 25-5-1 (12) in a scheduled twelve round heavyweight match-up for the vacant NABA heavyweight title.
Brewster, who earned the WBO heavyweight title in April of 2004 after upsetting Wladimir Klitschko, successfully defended the strap three times in a two year period before dropping the title to Sergei Liakhovich in April of 2006. Although Brewster suffered a detached retina in the opening round and fought blind in his left eye, he hung in there to make a go of it and was in a top candidate for "fight of the year".
After a fifteen month lay off Brewster went head-to-head again with former foe Wladimir Klitschko, and after six rounds of punishment, his corner called a halt to the bout, and all seemed bleak for the former champ.
Now, after a year of rest, relaxation and rehabilitation, a rejuvenated Lamon Brewster is raring and ready to go as he launches another campaign for a world title strap. And his journey to the title begins this Saturday.
Once again Doghouse Boxing sat down with Brewster who just finished up camp and is now heading out to Ohio for the pre-fight media blitz. Doghouse broke down his training camp and got Brewster's thoughts on his future, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: How has your training been for this upcoming fight?
Lamon Brewster: Well, training has been very hard, it has been very intense, it has been everything that I have expected it to be. I have been running in the mountains and training with James "Lights Out" Toney. My weight has come down nicely, my strength is up. I feel like I am more on my game now than I have been in the last few years.
BH: How has it been working with Shadeed Suluki again?
LB: It has been great man, my thing is I want to set the record straight, when I fought Klitschko I was injured and if you saw the fight you saw no left hooks which I am a left hooker. And being that I was off for fifteen months after surgery I was extremely rusty. Now we get a chance to go back and get the rust off, and hopefully Klitschko will man up and we will have a rubber match.
BH: So if all goes well against Batchelder you do want another go around against Klitschko?
LB: Yeah man, the thing of it is everybody wrote him off when I beat him, and everybody wrote me off so I am going to take it one fight at a time starting with Batchelder and keep on climbing until Klitschko has no other choice to either get out of boxing or fight me again.
BH: What is different in this training camp than the past few you have had?
LB: The difference is that now I am fighting the way that I should have been fighting. I am aggressive, you know what, I have found my sweet spot again. I have not been comfortable with the way that I have been fighting the past three years, but now that I am back, everybody is going to see the difference, everybody is going to see the change.
BH: Who have you been sparring with in preparation for this fight?
LB: I have been working with Javier Mora, who is a tremendous killer heavyweight. I have been working with James Toney, and with other heavyweights around the city of Las Angeles, it has been great man. The gym I have been training out of which is called 360 has been so supportive of me, I am just really grateful. I can promise everybody that this is going to be one show that they do not want to miss because they are going to see that "Relentless" Lamon Brewster is back again.
BH: So what you are saying is…
LB: What I am trying to tell you is that the lion is hungry and I am on the prowl again.
BH: What would you like to say to the boxing community?
LB: I would say, you don't have to believe anything that I tell you, but you just show up and watch me fight, and you will see for yourself that Lamon Brewster is on his way back. This time I am hungrier, I'm leaner, I'm smarter, I am rested, and I am going to make every heavyweight out there in the division pay.
BH: Anything in closing?
LB: Don't blink.
Writers Note: I would like to once again thank Lamon Brewster for his time and thoughts. For more info on the fight as well as ticket info please check out www.relentlessevents.net The fight is brought to you by Relentless Events in association with C Believe and R & R Promotions. You can witness the action live on www.gofightlive.com Stay tuned for a full ringside report from Doghouse Boxing.
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