"It’s not just about my speed, it’s about being smart and using my experience."
BoxingTalk: Sharmba, how is training going for your fight against Jose Luis Cruz?
Sharmba Mitchell: It’s going good. Since I’m going up against bigger guys now I’m using a little more head movement, and I want to get his timing down.BoxingTalk: How much do you feel your experience will play a factor in this fight?
Sharmba Mitchell: From now on in my career, my experience will have to play a major factor in my fights. It’s not just about my speed, it’s about being smart and using my experience.BoxingTalk: Even though Cruz is not extremely well known, he only has one loss against Sugar Shane Mosley, and a draw with Carlos Baldomir. How important is it that you don’t underestimate Cruz in this fight?
Sharmba Mitchell: I never underestimate anyone, especially Cruz. He’s a big guy and a hard hitter. He has a good record and has fought good people.BoxingTalk: What is your strategy going into this fight?
Sharmba Mitchell: I’m going to go in there and be smart. I’m going to try to break him down with body shots, and work my way up from there. I just need to be smart, and use the experience that I have.BoxingTalk: Having batted .500 in 2005, do you feel you need this win in order to booster your career?
Sharmba Mitchell: Definitely. Every fight is very important to me right now. My thing is that I want to get this win and beef up my career with 4 world titles. If Cruz is the person in my way for me to get there, then that’s my focus right now. I have to get past this hard hitting Mexican that I have in front of me. That’s is no joke. He’s coming to knock to me out.BoxingTalk: Do you feel your back is up against the wall going into this fight?
Sharmba Mitchell: My back is always up against the wall. I’m a former world champion coming off a fight with Floyd Mayweather, and I’m going for the title at 147. It’s magnificent!BoxingTalk: What will you do to ensure victory on May 3rd?
Sharmba Mitchell: To use my experience, and go in there and fight the way I know I can fight.BoxingTalk: If everything goes according to plan, what will be next for you?
Sharmba Mitchell: I’ll see what’s happening with Baldomir and Gatti after their fight. I like Gatti in that fight, but with either one, we can just go ahead and do it, and get it on.
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