"We’re coming for victory, and it will be a close fight, but I will come out on top."
BoxingTalk: Marco, how is your training camp going for Kassim Ouma?
Marco Antonio Rubio: Good, right now I’m peaking in my training, and I’m working on my strength for this fight.BoxingTalk: What are you doing in camp that will ensure your victory over Ouma on May 6th?
Marco Antonio Rubio: I’ve been working on my technical part of the game, and sparring with many southpaws since Kassim fights southpaw. I’ve also been working a lot on my strength. That will by my advantage. Ouma is a great boxer and a great fighter, but my advantage will be in my technical expertise and my power game.BoxingTalk: Six of your last seven fights have ended early, are you looking to do the same against Ouma?
Marco Antonio Rubio: Since my loss to Kofi Jantuah, I’ve changed my school of thought. I’m not looking for a knockout, I ‘m training as if it will go the full 10 rounds, and I know Ouma will be prepared to do the same.BoxingTalk: Kassim is definitely one of the best fighters you have faced. What do you feel you need to do to get the win?
Marco Antonio Rubio: Kassim is one of the better fighters I’ve fought. My preparation is better than it has been in the past. The stakes are high for both of us. We’re coming for victory, and it will be a close fight, but I will come out on top.BoxingTalk: Are you preparing for Ouma differently than you have for any of other of the opponents you have faced?
Marco Antonio Rubio: I think the basic difference is that Ouma is a southpaw. I’ve never boxed a southpaw in a big event as this before. He is quick and he’s strong, but I’ve been working a lot on my stamina. I know where my strengths are and I know what Ouma’s strengths are. I’m prepared for this fight, it’s a big event, and I’m prepared both physically and psychologically.BoxingTalk: What do you feel are Kassim’s strengths, and how will you neutralize them?
Marco Antonio Rubio: I think his conditioning is phenomenal and he throws a lot of punches, but my technical aspect of my game is what we’re working on.BoxingTalk: What do you feel a win against Ouma will do for your career?
Marco Antonio Rubio: Kassim has a win against Kofi Jantuah, and he beat JC Candelo easier than I did. I think with a win against Ouma, the most important thing is the confidence I will have to go forward in this division as I head into a world title fight.BoxingTalk: What’s your prediction for May 6th?
Marco Antonio Rubio: Ultimately it will be a win for myself, whether it is by a decision or knockout.
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