Interview with Sechew Powell: Brewer was Scared, Bring on Samaniego
Interview by Chris Robinson (August 23, 2005)
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I spoke briefly to Jr. Middleweight contender Sechew ‘Iron Horse’ Powell this evening about his fight this Thursday at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Powell (16-0, 10 KO’s) is excited to be seeing action in front of his hometown fans but a bit miffed as to why his original opponent, Grady Brewer, pulled out of the bout. ‘He was scared man. Everything was on the table for us to go at it again and he just backed out.’

Powell and Brewer engaged in a see-saw affair in June of 2004 which saw Powell hit the canvas for the first time in his career in the 5th round. Powell was momentarily stung by Brewer but he got up, regrouped, and came on strong down the stretch to score split decision win. Powell is disappointed that he won’t have a chance to clear all doubts with a rematch against Brewer, but he also knows his new opponent is no slouch either. ‘I’m going to be fighting Santiago Samaniego and he’s a tough fighter and a former champion. I have to be at my best when I meet him.’

Samaniego has been in the ring with some of the game’s top Jr. Middleweights and knows how to turn up the heat. It should be a good test for Sechew, but unfortunately it won’t be seen on T.V. ‘Right now I just have to accept that I’m fighting on a Broadway Boxing card as opposed to getting airtime on a big network. My last fight was on Showtime and that’s what I’m looking to get back to. I know my time will come.’

I asked Powell what he thought about the recent wins by Ricardo Mayorga and Fernando Vargas and he didn’t seem overly impressed, ‘Good fights by good fighters but I’m looking at my career right now. I consider myself at that level, on the same page as a Fernando Vargas or a Ricardo Mayorga. It’s just a matter of time before I prove it.’

With each outing Powell has seemed to get better and in closing he had these words, ‘I’m looking forward to Thursday night. It should be a great night of boxing for the people in New York. I have never been in a boring fight in my life and I don’t plan on being in one this Thursday either.’
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