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February 15, 2017

By G. Leon

Williams-Tucker to battle on March 10 Shobox

GL: How is everything going in preparation for your upcoming bout vs Wesley Tucker? What can we expect to see from you on fight night? Preparation is going good, I'm looking good, feeling strong and you can expect to see a hell of a fight in front of a great audience. I'm mentally and physically ready for this fight and the fans are going to see Thoroughbred at his best. It's going to be a good night overall.

GL: What do you know about Tucker? What are your thoughts of him as fighter?

Edward Williams: "I don't know much honestly, there isn't much out there on him. But based on what I hear, he's a solid tough fighter and he's game. At this point of my career, that's what I'm looking for, strong tough guys that I can advance my career forward against. He's coming ready, but he's stepping into my backyard, and you don't go into anybody's backyard and trespass."

GL: What does fighting on a Shobox card in your hometown mean to you?

EW: "It means a lot, fighting at home means a lot because you have the support and loyalty of family, friends and my people. Fighting on Shobox is a whole other level, we're going to have viewers all over the world. This is an opportunity for me to showcase my skills on a national level. It's giving me a chance to give my family and friends back home a treat, so I can't complain. It's a blessing. 

GL: What are you hoping a victory on March 10 leads to?

EW: "More exciting fights, tougher fights, bigger fights. I want to give the fans what they want, what they've been missing and what boxing is looking for." 

GL: Does the fact that he's a southpaw concern you at all?

EW: "It doesn't concern me, it just means I have to fight a smart fight. The only loss of my career was to a southpaw, but that was some bull because I dropped him three times. But being southpaw makes things a bit awkward because 9 times out of 10 you're fighting an orthodox guy. I just have to fight a smart fight, I know he's coming to win, but I'm ready to capitalize on this opportunity.

GL: Other than victory do you have a prediction?

EW: "It's going to be a tough fight, but if he makes a mistake, he's going to get hurt."

GL: Do you feel an extra pressure fighting under the bright lights of Shobox?

EW: "Not at all, I've fought on HBO before. I know it's two different networks, but it's national tv also. I'm fighting at home, that's the most important thing. If there was pressue that would be the pressure, but when you're fighting at home in front of your peers that lasts forever. I don't feel any pressure right now, to be honest with you it's more of an excitement factor than anything else."

GL: What do you consider your biggest advantage coming into this fight?

EW: "My biggest advantage is my experience. Even though I've only had 14 fights, I've been in the game for a long time. I've been trained by Emanuel Steward before, I've trained at the Kronk Gym. Even though I don't have a lot of professional fights, at the end of the day I'm bringing in a lot of experience with me."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

EW: "Just tune in. Grab your popcorn and make sure it's ready when the fight starts because the way Thoroughbred is feeling it may end early!"

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