|Brian Minto Interview: “I’m Back and Ready to make a Run For the Heavyweight Title!”
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 5, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
It has been well over a year since the former cruiserweight/heavyweight
contender Brian Minto 35-4 (22) has been in any ring action, but that
will all change for the Butler born boxer January 28th when he takes on
hard hitting Tony Grano 18-2-1 (14) at the Turning Stone Resort &
Casino in Verona, NY. All though Minto has been out of the ring, he
feels better than ever and believes he has a solid chance at making
another splash in the heavyweight division. In this exclusive interview
conducted by Doghouse Boxing, “The Beast” speaks out on his upcoming
opponent, his future and more, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: You will be taking on Tony Grano January 28th, give the readers your thoughts on that match-up.
Brian Minto: Actually, Tony Grano is a very
tough guy, he is a good puncher, a basic fighter, and he doesn’t look
real flashy. You see tape on people but everything can be deceiving when
you get in the ring, so I am prepared for the best Tony Grano that I
could possibly get.
BH: He has fought decent opposition with his biggest
win coming over the once highly touted undefeated Travis Kaufman. In my
opinion you are more of a brawler, an aggressive fighter, so comparing
your style against his, how do you feel your style will match up against
BM: I have actually been concentrating on
boxing more, staying out of the brawling, especially with a heavyweight
because they have one punch power. So I have went back to my basics and
started boxing more and working on the places where I need improvement. I
have actually gotten my body in the best shape then I think it has ever
been, I will be turning thirty-seven soon and I am in better shape then
when I started when I was twenty-eight. I am pretty confident in my
conditioning, I am ready for the challenge and to get back at it and
make a run at this thing.
BH: You fought as a heavyweight most of your career,
then in 2010 you stepped in and had two fights at cruiserweight, one
against the WBO title holder Marco Huck. But after two fights at that
weight class you are coming back as a heavyweight, why the change back
to the big boys?
BM: The cruiserweight division is pretty
much slow moving in the United States, I sat for a year and did not get a
fight and I had a belt. Everything was just slow moving; the
cruiserweight division is not very popular in the United States. You
have to go over to Europe and fight and you are already behind the eight
ball when you go over there. I arrived in Europe three days before I
had to fight Marco Huck. I knew when I was getting my hands wrapped I
was no where near where I should have been, I felt sluggish, he is not a
guy who you want to go in there and not be at one hundred percent,
because you are going to be pounded on. He is very strong and fast, I
learned a lesson but at the same time I could not pass on a world title
BH: Marco Huck will not be taking on Alexander
Povetkin for the WBA heavyweight title. Your thoughts on that match-up
and who do you feel will come out the victor?
BM: Marco Huck is not a real skilled
fighter; he is just one tough kid that is very strong. He is also a
sneaky fighter, a dirty fighter; he throws elbows behind his right
hands. I think Povetkin is the better skilled fighter, probably punches
just as hard. It I going to be a great fight action wise, it is a toss
up I think, but I would like to think that Povetkin could beat him.
BH: With the long lay off do you fear of any ring rust coming into this bout?
BM: Maybe, it can be but I am trying to get
eighty to a hundred rounds of boxing in. And I am already at fifty
rounds now, I think that I have gotten the rust off and I am getting
more comfortable being in there. I feel good, I lost a lot of body fat
and put on some muscle, I think it is going to be a new me coming out
and I am ready to step up for this challenge.
BH: In closing, now that you are back in the
heavyweight division, is there any message you would like to send out to
the ones in the division?
BM: I would like to think that I am veteran
now; as far as American heavyweights go it is pretty much wide open.
Now you have Seth Mitchell coming out and I have been offered that fight
with him. And I think I could possibly fight a guy like that, I have
been in there with some tough competition so I am ready to put my
knowledge and experience to use. I am actually taking this sport very
serious and I am working very hard, I am ready. I feel that I am going
to sneak in the back door.
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