Ismael Kone wins ring return

By Brad Cooney


Ismael Kone wins ring return

Boxingtalk interviews Kone after Mississippi win

Former Swedish Olympian Ismael Kone had just one fight in the past five years but showed no signs of rustiness this past Saturday night in Choctaw, Mississippi. The cruiserweight, now 10-1 with 6 KOs stepped into the ring after more than a year layoff, and dominated a tough Harvey Jolly, 2-2-1, out of Detroit. Boxingtalk spoke to Kone after his six-round fight, which he won by decision.

BT - Ismael, nice fight tonight... your opponent was a tough guy wasn't he?

IK - Yea, pretty tough.. he hit pretty hard, and he could take a shot actually. After the third round, I noticed he was getting tired and that was to my advantage. After the round three or four, he started to drop his left hand.. but he was tough.

BT - Ismael, your coach tells me that you have been out of the gym for over a year, it didn't look like it tonight.

IK - I have been training for 6 weeks for this fight, and I have lost 20 pounds. I haven't been training in over a year and seven months, but I am on my way back. This is just a stepping stone tonight, and I am going to get better from here on, especially with a trainer like Orlando [editor's note: Orlando Cuellar, who also trains ex-light heavyweight world champion Glen Johnson].

BT - Talk about the guys around you a little bit.

IK - Man, I have a tremendous team with guys like Glenn Johnson, a lot of other fighters as well, and Orlando pushes us real hard. With a team like I have around me, it can only breed success.

BT - What's next Ismael, what do you see within the next year or so for you?

IK - I definitely will be fighting for a title, I know that. I have made my mind up, and that's what we are going to do, me and Orlando.

BT - Talk to the fans that came out to see you.

IK - I am back, and I have the people around me that will take care of me now. I will be the World Champion in the near future!



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