Congrats on your recent victory, can you give us some thoughts on your performance? I got the first round knockout, which is good. I thought I was racing in, I was too anxious, I should have stayed calm. But I always do that whenever I haven't been in the ring for a while and I'm ready to fight. I like to make sure I'm going to hurt the guy as soon as I can. Everybody else thought I looked great, but I think I looked sloppy because I'm my own worst critic.
GL: How does your hand feel?
Radivoje Kalajdzic: "The hand was a little bit sore, but on Monday I was back in the gym. It wasn't that bad, but I know that my right hand is going to be sore after every fight, so it wasn't that bad."
GL: After all that time off seeing that it's getting sore after a first round knockout, do you regret losing two years of your career to surgery?
RK: "I don't think the surgery had anything...well I do regret it because the surgery didn't help out at all so it was kind of pointless. I kind of regret it, but my tendon was out of place anyway so I would have eventually needed the surgery. I got the MRI's back and they told me I had no issues and it was clear, but I lost the motion of the knuckle and my joints. When my finger pulls back it hurts, but I found a way to wrap where I kind of lock my finger in place so the knuckle doesn't go back and forth. I figured a way to wrap it and it's helping a lot."
GL: What's the plan now? Do you have your next date set?
RK: "I do not, but I just texted Lou DiBella and them to see what they have in store. They're going to give me one more fight and then I'm going to have a big fight. But I want to get right to the big fight, I don't want to take another small fight and risk messing up my hand more. I want a big fight as soon as possible. I recently called out Marcus Browne, Adonis Stevenson or Sergey Kovalev. I want to fight for the championship and those guys are the two biggest champions in the division."
GL: Marcus Browne hasn't fought anybody as good as you during your time off. Is he the primary target for your big fight?
RK: "That would be the goal for me to fight him, but I don't think he's going to want to fight me. He's going to want to stay away. They've been putting the right people in front of him, people that stand still and are there to be hit. He's been looking good, but I don't think they're going to put him in there with me."
GL: It had to feel good to get back in the ring for the first time in 22 months, it was almost two years brother.
RK: "The doctors told me that I wouldn't fight again, so once I started training and sparring I was like damn the hand feels good, on fight night I was hitting hard and it wasn't bothering me. It was like, oh my God I'm back, I couldn't be happier."
GL: Do you want your next fight to be against somebody that hasn't been stopped to get some rounds under your belt and be more confident in it going into a serious fight?
RK: "I would like that and that would be nice. If I don't get Stevenson or Kovalev, let's say I get Seanie Monaghan or Joe Smith, I think those would be good fights. It doesn't have to be a top 3 guy, but I want a tough fight against a good fighter. Edwin Rodriguez, Joe Smith, somebody like that."
GL: You can't make up for lost time, but how important is it for you to stay active and get this show on the road?
RK: "It's very important I stay active. Working in the gym is one thing, but fight night is a totally different experience. The gloves are smaller, the lights are one. It wasn't like sparring, so I was like I got to slow down, I can't just go in there swinging because I could get caught too."
GL: Closing thoughts for the fans?
RK: "I just want to thank everyone that's been supporting me and waiting for me the last two years. I'm back now and I'm going to have a big fight by the end of the year and I just want to thank everybody for their support."