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April 11, 2017

By G. Leon

GL: How is everything going in preparation for Derric Rossy? What can we expect to see from you on April 22? "We started training like 30 days ago and I always stay in 70% training mode. Like always you can expect to see the best from me. I'm coming to bang and as long as the opponent comes to fight we're going to have to a great fight on April 22. GL: What do you think of Rossy as a fighter? I think he's a good fighter. I saw his fight with Stiverne and I think he won, I'm not underestimating any opponent including Derric Rossy. I know he's been training and I know he's coming to fight.

GL: Rossy has been stopped a handful of times. Would you be disappointed if you don't get him out of there?

Luis Ortiz: "No. A fight is a fight, I can't predict an outcome."

GL: What are you hoping a victory over Rossy leads to?

LO: "I'm hoping a victory over Rossy leaves me open and ready to fight as the mandatory to the winner of Joshua and Klitschko."

GL: Who do you like in Joshua-Klitschko?

LO: "I see it real close, but I think Klitschko could win."

GL: Do you feel like a young 38 since you turned pro late?

LO: (laughs) "Yes I do."

GL: Why?

LO: "I'm mentally sharp, I'm physically in the best shape of my life. I started my career late and I've never gotten hit so I feel great."

GL: What do you consider your most difficult fight to date?

LO: "My most difficult fight to date has been in training and in my mind. No fight has been difficult."

GL: How do you feel about the recent rejuvenation of the heavyweight division?

LO: "I'm really happy. It's a new era and I'm happy to be one of the up and coming guys of the new era."

GL: I also imagine you're excited you recently signed with Al Haymon. How did that come about?

LO: "I'm happy I signed with Al. There was a negotiation with my manager and Haymon for a couple of months, but I'm very happy because I think Haymon is going to be able to do the job nobody has been able to do and that's help me get a world title around my waist."

GL: Who do you like in Parker-Fury?

LO: "It's a 50-50 fight."

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

LO: "I would like to fight four times."

GL: What made you get into boxing? What made you fall in love with the sport?

LO: "I've been doing it since I was ten or eleven years old. It's something that I loved from a very young age."

GL: Who are some of your favorite fighters?

LO: "At first it was (Teofilo) Stevenson, but then when I got older it was Foreman, but my favorite of all time is Muhammad Ali."

GL: What's your favorite movie?

LO: "The first Rocky movie."

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

LO: "I could improve my jab more and I could get a little more physically fit."

GL: What do you consider the most difficult thing you've had to overcome in life?

LO: "Leaving Cuba and coming to freedom."

GL: Can you describe what that was like?

LO: "It was rough, I had to leave because of my daughter, she was sick and she needed help."

GL: Things that we consider minor amenities like soap, shampoo, fast food, are culture shocks for a lot of Cubans who come to the United States. What was the most difficult adjustment that you had to make when you first came here?

LO: "You're right it was shocking to see everything, to see a supermarket. Everything was shocking, the clean water, but mostly, the food. Being able to eat what you wanted."

GL: What's the status of the situation with your daughter now?

LO: "She's great, she's in school. She's a lot better than she ever was. She's still with the disease, but she's doing better than ever and the best thing I could have done for her was come to the United States."

GL: What do you feel separates you from the other heavyweights?

LO: "My hunger. I'm hungrier than all of them."

GL: Is there anything you want to say to the fans in closing?

LO: "I want to thank all of the fans for believing in me, continue to do so and I will not let you down."

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