Exclusive Interview: Julio Gonzalez

By G. Leon


Exclusive Interview: Julio Gonzalez

GL: Clinton Woods already came on record saying he's gunning for the Tarver-Jones III winnner. How do you feel about that? "That's great. I hope he's overlooking me. He doesn't know the type of fighter I am I guess. And if he does maybe he's not that worried about my skills in the ring. I take that as a big plus because he'd be taking the wrong guy lightly."

GL: Do you take that as a sign of disrespect?

Julio Gonzalez: "No. But I guess it's going to be a big shock to him when I take his title. It will teach him a lesson not to look past his opponent."

GL: What do you know about Clinton Woods and what do you think of him as a fighter?

JG: "He's a great champion, he's a strong fighter and he could take a good punch. I can't disrepect the guy. He's a champion and he beat a good champion for the belt. I can't take anything away from him, I'm just preparing myself to take his title on September 9."

GL: You won the WBO title from Dariusz Michalczewski in Germany so you're familiar with trying to become a world champion on foreign soil. Does your international experiences give any extra confidence going into this fight?

JG: "It makes me feel more comfortable. I've done it once already and I know I can do it again. I did it in a big, big fight already. This is another big fight but this isn't as big as Michalczewski but I'm training just as hard and I'm going to take the belt home."

GL: Do you think this fight will go the distance?

JG: "I hope not, but I feel confident that if it goes the distance he's going to slow down and I'm going to clearly be seen as the better fighter. I'm confident in my preparation and I'm confident that I'm going to bring his title home with me."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

JG: "I want to thank all my fans for their support and I will become world champion again on September 9!"


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