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April 12, 2017

By G. Leon

GL: Lil Rock about to turn pro, how do you feel about him turning pro at 25 years old? He's chasing history. There's never been any father-son heavyweight champions and it's history in the making. I feel like he's got enough experience with about 100 amateur fights. It's going to be a breath of fresh air for the heavyweight division. GL: How would you describe your son's style to somebody who hasn't seem him fight before? He can fight left handed, he can fight right handed, he can box, he can punch, he can do it all. The American people need a heavyweight like this and they haven't seen a heavyweight like this. You've got guys who can punch, you got guys who fight right handed, guys who can fight left handed and you've got guys who could box. This kid can do it all. He grew up in the amateurs at 201 and he's still got the heavyweight speed with super heavyweight power now. I'm anxious to see how many people he makes fall, then they're going to say wait till he fights this person and when those dudes fall, they're going to have something new to say, but we already know we can't please everybody, we're just going to hurt a whole lot of people along the way.

GL: I'm not sure what your record was but when you were 25 you were undefeated at twenty something and 0. How does lil Rock compare to you at 25? Is he more or less advanced?

Hasim Rahman: "I think he's got an advantage over me because I wasn't as experienced as he was. I was never a boxer like that, I was just purely a puncher. I could always punch, but now from all reports I'm getting he's punching like I used to and he can box. He's going to be special. If I had boxing skills coming into the pro's it would have been a whole different ballgame, but he knows how to box already. I'm telling y'all get ready, you about to witness history."

GL: I can't wait, I'm happy the little dude finally turning pro.

HR: "He's got his head on straight now. I'm glad he didn't turn pro back in the day because he wasn't mentally ready. Now he's mentally and physically ready. He's 6'3 and 240 and he's Rock solid right now."

GL: His first three fights have already been mapped out, at what pace are you expecting him to be developed?

HR: "I definitely think he's going to get moved a little faster. I think his work is going to dictate that, if it doesn't we slow him down. The plan is to put him on a pace where he fights 12 or 13 times in year one and the same thing in year two. Then it's open season for the contenders, champions, whoever."

GL: Do you really think 24 fights in 24 months is realistic?

HR: "I think it is. All he has to do is show people that history is going to be made, when they can see what he brings to the table and this kid is the real deal, this isn't hyperbole or bullcrap, the people are going to get behind him and America needs this. We need a heavyweight champion that makes history with his father being the heavyweight champion also, we all love firsts and this is going to be a first for boxing."

GL: Who's going to be training him? What role will you play?

HR: "Calvin Ford is training him, he's out of Baltimore, Maryland and he also trains Gervonta Davis. They got a nice little stable over there, they work with Lil Rock's lil cousin Lorenzo and he also trains Malik Hawkins who also fights on that card on the 14th. They got a nice little crew in there, so for me I'm just going to make sure that I advise him and make sure he doesn't step on any land mines, I'm going to make sure what needs to get done gets done. I'm an expert on this game, so why go out and get somebody else when there's nothing I haven't seen?."

GL: Ain't nobody going to represent him that loves him more than you do.

HR: "Yeah, but it takes more than love. Every father loves their son, but not every father is an expert in their sons field. This is a short career, so you have to know how to maximize yourself while you're in the game and like I said, I done seen it all already. It's going to take a little while before people realize that the kid is the truth. They're going to remember him from the amateurs when he was fighting at 200 lbs and was in the middle of the pack and wasn't anything special. He wasn't a standout, but that was all about his own shortcomings, he wanted to do things that weren't conducive to him being the best. Now he's got his mind on straight and he's ready to take over."

GL: Who do you like in Joshua-Klitschko?

HR: "I got Joshua by stoppage."

GL: Who do you think is the best heavyweight in the world right now?

HR: "Anthony Joshua."

GL: Closing thoughts?

HR: "I just want to say that I'm going to be back on Boxingtalk whenever my man G wants me on. Y'all already know that I'm a day one so y'all need to get back on and show Boxingtalk some love. Watch the career of Jr just blossom, I'm telling y'all right now the boy is special."

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