‘Big Baby’ has been training: “like he’s fighting in the mountains of Russia” ahead of AJ scrap
Q) We’re currently in the UK, but it won’t be long until we’re in the US. What kind of advantages will you have with the fight in your back garden? (New York)
“We’re going to have a little less bias. He has money to buy certain things that he wants, but I’m going to be in my borough, my home country, to get some things that I want.
“It evens the playing field. Now that we’re in the in the UK and England, everything would be favouritism for him.
“I’m training as if we’re fighting in the mountains of Russia. Nobody knows who we are. That’s how I think about it. It doesn’t bother me, I’m just going to work.
Q) Considering the momentum behind you, are you surprised that bookmakers have made you the underdog?
“When somebody is more popular, it’s always going to make them the favourite. That’s all it is. When Marcos Maidana fought Adrien Broner, Adrien Broner was more popular than Marcos Maidana.
“He was the favourite and he got spanked. When Amir Khan fought in America, he was favourite, and got his ass whooped.
“You’ve got to think about it, what goes on in history, a lot of people are favourites – but that’s the odds being in your favour. That’s all it is.
“Sometimes it’s just popularity and what you’ve done in the past, but when you’re at war – because this is war.
“There’s no love lost and with strategic movements, you can put things in your favour.
Q) So you make yourself favourite in this fight?
“Oh yeah. Favourite? Boy. Fuck being favourite, I’ve worked too hard for that, I’m not looking past him, but he’s hoping everyone will kiss his ass and move in his direction.
“I’m thinking everybody is against me. Everybody. I think my own team’s against me, that’s how I think and that’s my mentality.
“Once I get in that ring, nobody is fighting for me. Nobody.
Q) What would you say to people that have backed Anthony?
“He might have beaten two Americans, but he’s fighting a Brooklyn dude who has an origin around the world.
“I’m gonna come kick his ass, it’s going to be World War 3.”
Interview & Video courtesy of Oddschecker.com / William Hill