Exclusive Interview: KJ Noons

By Percy Crawford


Exclusive Interview: KJ Noons

“I’m not afraid of nothing and I’m sure he’s not afraid of nothing, so it should be a nice little clash!”

Boxingtalk recently caught up with boxer/mixed martial artist, KJ Noons. Noons talks about his Elite XC debut against Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett, as well as his boxing career and why this fight will steal the show! Check it out!

PC: How has training gone for your fight with Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett?

KN: Ah, everything is going good man. Training real hard getting ready for the big fight and I’m cutting some weight right now. I’m just ready man. I’m hyped and I’m ready to get in there and just fight.

PC: You are a boxer as well as a mixed martial artist. Hypothetically speaking, if you had to pick one or the other, which one would it be?

KN: I like both. I can’t pick one right now. I just like to fight.

PC: How does your training differ in preparation for a boxing match opposed to a MMA fight?

KN: It’s hard man. In MMA you have to do a bunch of different things. You have to do the wrestling, Muay Thai and boxing. In boxing you just have to use your hands. They’re both just as hard, but you have to train a lot more different things in MMA.

PC: How has training with Brandon Vera, Rob Kaimon and guys like that helped your career so far?

KN: It sets a standard, you know? Those guys have accomplished a lot and they set the standard. I have a good team around me. They motivate me and they have a lot of experience and that makes me get more prepared.

PC: You feel like you and Charles’ fight can steal the show. Why do you think you guys styles are made for a great fight?

KN: He’s ready to go in there and bang and so am I. He said he’s a fighter and I’m a fighter too. I’m not afraid of nothing and I’m sure he’s not afraid of nothing, so it should be a nice little clash.

PC: Is it difficult to prepare for a fighter like Krazy Horse being that you never know what to expect from him?

KN: It’s not difficult. You are just worrying about that one punch.

PC: Usually when you break down a guy like Krazy Horse, who’s so unorthodox, it’s easy to find flaws. Have you found any weaknesses in his game?

KN: Yeah! You have to break a person down like that. There should be a lot of openings because he’s so wild. It’s like boxing, you have to break a person down and go for the kill.

PC: You are a striker and Krazy Horse is known for his slams and his ground and pound. How do you feel your ground game is right now?

KN: I feel like my ground game is great. It he takes the fight to the ground, I’ll make it get back to our feet. He said he don’t want to go to the ground. He says he wants to stand the whole time, but I would be very surprised if he does. When people get tired or they get cracked real hard, they go back to what they know best. He’ll know right away that he can’t stand with me and he will go back to his old ways. I’ll be prepared for that and keep on making him do things that he doesn’t want to do.

PC: When will you like to get into the boxing ring again?

KN: You know, I feel like a lot of people in the game know me, but a lot of fans and people don’t really know me. I just want to get my name out there. I just want to let people know that I’m serious and that I’m a real fighter, so hopefully no cuts and bruises; nothing too crazy after this win and take a week or two off and back to camp style boxing. Hopefully as soon as Gary can get a fight for me I would do that; on the next Showtime show!

PC: You ever feel like you’re going to get burned out on either sport?

KN: I’ve been doing this for a long time man. It’s like people say, I’ll get burned out, but you go to work everyday. It’s just like going to work everyday. It’s a job. This is the life I chose. There are no excuses to get tired man; this is how I’m going to pay my bills. I’m going to go get burned out and what, go get a real job (laughing) you know what I mean? You have to make sacrifices. You make sacrifices too. You have to go to work everyday. I can’t just lie around.

PC: What does it mean to you to be fighting in a MMA event on Showtime for Elite XC?

KN: Ah man, just a great opportunity. I’m so pumped up. It’s a great opportunity for me and I’m going to take full advantage of it.

PC: Charles Bennett is definitely a dangerous opponent. How did this fight come abut and why take on someone so dangerous in your first fight on the big stage?

KN: I want my name to be thrown around in that weight division. I didn’t want to fight somebody lightly regarded. I wanted to get somebody that’s a big name that I can build my name on. I’m just ready to mix it up man. I think I’m at that level where I can beat guys on that level right now. Whenever I get better, then I can choose another opponent that can take me to the next level.

PC: I appreciate your time. Is there anything you want to say in closing?

KN: Yeah, I just want to give a shout out to a couple of my sponsors, Terra Finance and fightpill.com. I also want to give a shout out to all my family and friends in Hawaii and back in Texas.


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