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Q & A: Robbie Peden Refuses to Lose to Campbell
March 12, 2004 By Anthony Cocks
IBF #7 junior lightweight contender Robbie "Bomber" Peden is looking forward to fireworks when he steps in the ring against IBF #2 Nate Campbell in an explosive match up in an IBF eliminator bout on March 14 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California on a Goossen Tutor promoted card. I caught up with "Bomber" prior to him flying out west to the fight venue from his training camp in Florida. Peden is in a division, which arguably has some the best fighters in boxing today.
Doghouse: How has your training camp been going and who have been sparring with to prepare you for Campbell?
I have had an intense, but enjoyable training camp. My coach and I have
worked very hard to prepare for what I expect to be a very tough fight. I
have had 160 pound contender Sam Soliman, 154 pound prospect Ryan Davis, 135
prospect Edner Cherry, and also my good friend and fellow 130 pound
contender David Santos working with me. I have to say a big thank you to
David and all the people from 4th Street Boxing Gym in St Petersburg
Florida. They have helped my team and I out with everything that we needed.
DH: What have you been working on to nullify Campbell's vaunted power?
Well Nate has an impressive record. If you look at his last 3 fights where
he stepped up in class and fought true 130 fighters, he struggled a little.
But as you know he has only lost 1 fight in 26 so he's doing something
correct. I believe that Nate relies on his power too much and that will be
his down fall in this fight.
DH: Will you be looking to box Campbell more than you would other opponents?
I don't think one can predict what strategy I will use until I am in there.
He can box and fight so I am fully prepared for any situation. As I said
before Roger has watched the tapes and devised a great strategy for this
DH: What do you see as the key to victory in this fight?
I honestly believe that my amateur experience, my hunger and how I have
prepared for this fight will be the difference. I feel that my skills are
superior and come March 14th people will see that.
DH: What are your thoughts on the two recent world title matches in your
division between Erik Morales and Jesus Chavez, and the rematch between
Casamayor and Corrales?
Both great fights. Jesus is a little warrior, isn't he? I know what he was
going through as when I lost my fight with John Brown I tore my rotator cuff
in the 4th round. I think the right guy got the decision in that fight. With
the Corrales Vs Casamayor fight I believe that it was a close fight as
well. I feel that Joel shouldn't have boxed as much and maybe it would have
come out his way. A rematch would be great.
DH: There has been talk of Morales fighting (IBF Junior Lightweight
Champion) Carlos Hernandez next. If that fight comes to fruition, how does
that impact your immediate plans for a world title shot?
Well I am not sure when Carlos's mandatory is. That is another subject
though. If I don't get the win this weekend then I can forget about the
championship fight. Campbell is the only person on my mind right now. He is
the first step between me and fulfilling my dream of becoming world
DH: Finally, what can fight fans expect to see on March 14th?
Fireworks! This fight should be on the 4th of July. Two real fighters with
every thing on the line. I know I am confident of victory and assume that
Campbell is too. When you put two men in the ring neither want to punk out.
I'm bringing the heat this fight. Let's see who can hang!.
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