Greg Leon: Congrats on your upset victory over [2016 Olympic gold medal winner] Fazliddin Gaibnazarov. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Mykal Fox: "I think I handled him very well. I took some shots and was able to push him back. I got in control of the fight when I started to push him back instead of just boxing him and walk him into things. He jumps in real fast and I remember he stunned me in the second round with a left hand, but as long as I was able to keep pushing him back he wasn't able to get that running head start. In the corner my father told me to keep him going back and keep throwing those combinations and keep moving side to side. I did that and I got the job done."
GL: After 20 wins to start your career, you suffer your first loss less than three months ago and come right back against another tough customer with a tremendous amateur background. Why did you take such a chance?
MF: "What good would it do me to take a step back in competition? My confidence wasn't broken after my last fight with Ergashev. It didn't make no sense for me to take steps back. My dad sent me the guy to look at and 15 minutes later I called him back and told him we'd take that. He's 5'6" and I don't care how good you are, my height is going to be an issue for you. My confidence wasn't broken and that was the key."
GL: Who do you think was more difficult to fight Ergashev or Fazi?
MF: "It got to be Ergashev being as though they said I lost to him. They fight similar but they're different. Fazi uses more combinations and Ergashev just believes in his left hand so he's always throwing it with heat on it so they present their own challenges."
GL: Did you have any doubt you were going to get the decision when the final bell rang?
MF: "Slightly, but only because I know I was the B side and we were fighting on a Top Rank show and he's with Top Rank. I know that I did more than enough to win and they took two points from him, there was no way they was going to be able to take the fight from me."
GL: Are you going to be co-promoted by Top Rank now?
MF: "Naw, I'm just with King's Promotions and Marshall Kauffman. I guess they figured they didn't need to do that."
GL: They thought you were food. They thought you were on the menu but you were sitting at the table.
MF: "You got that right man. They could sleep on me if they want to but I'm 6'4" and I'm a boxing motherf**ker!"
GL: What are you hoping this victory leads to?
MF: "Bigger and better fights. I'm not even sure what happens now. I just beat a Gold meadlist, so my credit is Golden right now."
GL: Some people might not find your style the most crowd pleasing because they don't appreciate good boxing and they want to see rock-em sock-em robots. With that being said was this a must win fight for you?
MF: "I think so. I looked at it like what's the worst thing that could happen? I lose another fight? He's an Olympian, but my whole mindset was f**k that I ain't losing. I figured the win would do a lot for my career moving forward and now we're going to see what that is."
GL: Was there anything about Fazi that surprised you?
MF: "Not really. I knew he had some lateral movement and I was a little surprised he was able to make me miss with the jab the way he was."
GL: Closing thoughts.
MF: "I'm here and I ain't going nowhere. This is just the beginning."
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