1. What were your thoughts on Danny Garcia’s performance against Robert Guererro?
ICE: I thought Danny handled the early surge well and figured things out as he went. He stayed composed and got into his groove and took over to win what was a well contested fight. It was a good introduction to 147 pounds against a guy who would definitely come to fight.
2. Guerrero thought he won, Mayweather had it a draw but how did The Iceman have it scored?
ICE: I never score fights. I’ve actually never in my life sat down and watched a fight and kept track of the score of each round so I have no idea really what my exact score would have been. Maybe 115-113? I basically just watch and keep mental notes and decide at the end who I think is going to get it. Really, it was a good fight but I haven’t seen a significant number of people saying that they thought it was an incorrect decision.
3. Would you like to see Garcia face Amir Khan next as has been ordered by the WBC by June?
ICE: I think at this point it would be a very good seller, yes. Khan is a good fighter who got caught by a great puncher the first time. It happens. Garcia has even improved since their fight and is probably the best and most confident he has ever been but Amir is still Amir and it’s definitely not a given that Danny wins. It wouldn’t totally shock me if some saw the first fight as somewhat of a fluke and had Amir as the favorite going into the rematch. I’d definitely be interested in watching it.
4. Speaking of Khan, it looks like he won’t be facing Kell Brook anytime soon and he was arguing with Floyd in the crowd last weekend at Guerrero-Garcia. What do you make of his inactivity while chasing these big fights with no luck thus far?
ICE: I would say he’s getting some bad advice from his people because the fact is as a professional fighter you have to stay busy and keep your game and your skills sharp and tuned. Outside of injuries, you cant just sit there on the shelf eroding yourself waiting and hoping on a fight that may never actually happen. That’s actually one of the biggest things wrong with our sport today. Now these guys don’t seem overly concerned with becoming fully complete fighters and staying at the absolute top of their games by staying sharp and active. They are always looking to have world title fights on major networks and if no dates are available then they just don’t fight. Instead of taking an off-TV 10 rounder or a smaller network televised fight to keep sharp and busy they just sit it all out. It’s a business now more than at any time in history, I’d say.
5. With Keith Thurman vs Shawn Porter finally official, what are your early thoughts on this fight?
ICE: I really like both guys, I consider both of them friends of mine and I’m really on the fence about it. It really, really is a great fight for boxing, though, I’ll say that much. I’ve always maintained that once Floyd officially retired then a bunch of good fights in and around the weight class would start being made and it’s really great that they wasted no time making this particular one. I see it as a can’t-miss fight.
6. With Robert Guerreo saying Garcia does not have KO power at 147, do you think he is already being looked at as beatable in the division? We are seeing a lot of the top welterweights saying they want a shot at Garcia’s WBC title already.
ICE: I don’t really see him physically as an overly imposing welterweight, that’s for sure. But at the same time I’m sure his best shot still carries some pop in it. I don’t think many guys are going to be foolish enough to stick their chins out there for him to tag, thinking he’s an average hitter or something. I tend to think he probably doesn’t carry the same power that Keith Thurman carries at the weight but I certainly think he’ll crack hard enough to keep anyone honest. He’s up in a weight class now, though, full of confident and very capable guys. He’s got no walks in the park on the very near horizon.
7. Sergey Kovalev vs Jean Pascal this weekend coming up. Competitive again or does Kovalev make it look easier this time around?
ICE: It could be a bit of both. Jean will come to fight, he’s going to make his attempt again for sure. But Kovalev is, too. I’m sure Kovalev is in a better position right now in terms of the point in his career he’s at, his confidence level right now and his motivation. The last thing they want is for Jean to be successful at making it seem like last time was a fluke. Boxing is a business as much as it is a sport so I know they don’t just want to win but that they want to leave no doubts or questions. A seriously emphatic win in a rematch always cancels out any closeness or controversy of a good first fight.
7. If Andre Ward is really going to face Kovalev by year end or early next year, do you feel he needs at least one tough opponent to get him ready especially after such a long layoff and only facing Paul Smith over six months ago?
ICE: Yes, of course. As a trainer I would say yes, definitely. You’ve got to have someone to simulate the style you’ll be facing. You may not find anyone with that kind of size and power at 175 but you can round up someone with strength, power and aggression and see how Andre deals with it. I’m sure as a fighter, Andre is going to want to get some rounds under his belt just for his own psychological well being and comfort level.
8. Terrence Crawford vs Hank Lundy…does Crawford look impressive again or will this be an ugly fight?
ICE: I think Hank comes to fight. Hank talks a lot, he puts himself in the position where has to try to back it up. Crawford is looking prime, though. Hank is a very solid fighter with skills and style but he’s definitely going to have to bring his A-plus game with him to get over on this guy at this particular time.
9. Word is Golden Boy is having trouble finding an opponent to face Luis Ortiz for his next fight 3/5. Do you feel Ortiz the most dangerous heavyweight right now or do you need to see more first?
ICE: I’d definitely like to see more of him but so far he obviously looks like a handful. The crazy thing to me is situations like this where they will claim to have trouble finding an opponent for him or anyone else. With all the hungry fighters out here looking for opportunities it just seems odd to me. Maybe its just a sign of the professional boxing times we live in. But also it could very well be a case more of them having trouble finding someone to fight him for the amount of money they are offering for the fight. I know a lot of guys ready and willing to take short notice fights against tough opposition but they are still in the business of fighting for money. So they can offer the fight but they have to offer the right money, too.
I mean, let them offer up 150 thousand for the fight and I’m sure they will have absolutely no trouble finding guys to accept.
Quote: “The wait in the dressing room before a professional boxing match -that last hour- could be enough to strip a man who never boxed before of whatever pride, desire and heart he THOUGHT he had” – Iceman John Scully, April 2002
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