"Anyone they put in front of me is fine with me. I just want to fight. I call them out and they run. The reason I had to move up from 147 is that I couldn't get anyone there to fight me. "
What's the significance of your victory over Wright?
Winky is a true middleweight, so nobody has to wonder anymore if I can hold my own against middleweights.
You hurt your hand against Wright. Tell me about it.
It happened in the third or fifth round. I knew it was hurt, but I didn't know it was bleeding until after we took off the gloves. The knuckle on the thumb of my right hand split open. My hand felt a little numb after that, but I wasn't going to let Winky know I was hurt, so I kept throwing my right.
How do you think you would do against Kelly Pavlik?
Kelly is a knockout puncher, but he can't hit you if you're moving all the time like I do. I know I can stand up to his power because I have sparred with guys a lot bigger than him. We tried to make a fight with Pavlik because we'd both make a lot of money. But his promoter (Bob Arum) won't let Pavlik fight me. He knows if he does, Pavlik will lose his belts. Since Cotto lost, Pavlik is his money maker.
If you could fight anyone, who would you like to go up against most?
Anyone they put in front of me is fine with me. I just want to fight. I call them out and they run. The reason I had to move up from 147 is that I couldn't get anyone there to fight me. But I will say the one guy I'd really like to fight is Joe Calzaghe if he comes out of retirement. We would do that at 168, and I would probably weigh in at around 163. That's a weight I feel comfortable with.
How is possible for someone your size who can fight at middleweight to still be able make weight at 147 pounds?
It's because I don't have any water weight or fat, and I always stay in shape between fights.
Do you think you could do well at 168 and even 175?
Oh yeah, I can have success at those weight classes. I'd fight them the same way I fight at 147.
Would you like to get in the ring with Bernard Hopkins?
Bernard is definitely stronger than me, but he's not faster than me. I've tried, but I can't get him to fight me.
Which weight division do you like fighting at best?
Welterweight, because that's the money weight division. It's going to really blow peoples' minds when they see me go back down to 147 for the right fight. They think I can't do it. But I feel real comfortable at that weight.
What are your interests outside boxing?
The way I train, I really don't have any chance to do anything else. I have a girlfriend (Shinda) and I have bought real estate and am making good money off of that. I own a two apartment complex building and houses in Aiken (SC), North Augusta and Augusta. I'm going to buy more. When I retire, I'll go into real estate.