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March 01, 2017

By G. Leon

GL: Congrats on your recent win, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? I knew he was going to come to fight, but I didn't know he was going to come out and do all the stuff he was doing. I'm a patient fighter, I take my time and I just look for the big shots. I waited for my moment and when it came I scored a big shot and knocked him out."

GL: When is your next fight taking place?

Marcus Bates: "I'm not sure yet, I have to talk to my manager and my promoter and see when we're going to go next. I'm ready to fight as soon as possible."

GL: What kept you out of the ring from 2014-2016?

MB: "I had messed my wrist up and that kept me out the gym for about a year and then I had a daughter, so I started working and that also kept me out. But now I'm back in the gym and I've been working every day. I'm working hard right now."

GL: Since your draw to Stephon McIntyre, he's become a certified opponent. Is that something you'd like to rectify or are guys like him too far in your rear-view mirror already?

MB: "I would love to turn it into a win, I know I won that fight but they called it a draw. I wanted to fight him for the longest, but it's up to my team, but for me, I'd love to fight him again."

GL: Marshall Kauffman described you as a dynamite puncher with both hands. Do you consider yourself a puncher?

MB: "Yeah, I got power in both hands and I can do it all. I could box and slug, but I could definitely punch."

GL: What are your thoughts on the super bantamweight division?

MB: "I'm going to take it over. All of the dudes out there better look out for me because I'm coming their way."

GL: How many more times would you like to fight this year?

MB: "That's not up to me, it's up to my promoter and manager."

GL: If you had it your way how many more times would you fight this year?

MB: "About five or six more on my way to bigger and better things."

GL: Do you consider yourself a student of the game? 

MB: "I watch Andre Ward, Floyd Mayweather and Errol Spence a little bit. I like their fight games."

GL: Is there anyboyd out there at 122 that you feel would be a fantastic fight for you to step your career up to the next level?

MB: "I don't really be studying fighters in my weight class, I listen to my coaches and I show up to fight. I'm the type of fighter than can adjust during the fight."

GL: What part of your game do you feel needs the most sharpening?

MB: "I could improve in all areas, so everything. I could work on everything a little bit more and I'm still learning as I go along. I never had a long amateur career, so I'm learning on the job."

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

MB: "Follow me on IG and twitter @dream_crusher_bates

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