"Even though I came forward every round and I was landing every punch I was throwing, I learned that I am a better fighter when I have two eyes open. I knew Delvin was going to be ready. He has a lot of heart and I expect that he will be ready for another tough fight...I won't leave any doubt this time, and in order to win convincingly, there were a few areas we needed to really key on during sparring...this will be a night of fights that the fans will talk about for a very long time," stated jr. middleweight contender Pawel Wolak, who talked about his upcoming December 3 rematch with Delvin Rodriguez on the undercard of Cotto vs. Margarito II. Check out what else he had to say!
DK: How is training coming along, less than three weeks away?
PW: Camp is going great. Tommy has been with me all of camp, which is different than the first fight, and we have been making the necessary adjustments for the last few weeks and will continue to for the next few. Best camp I have ever had prior to any fight of my career.
DK: Are you fully recovered from the first war with Delvin?
PW: Yeah, my eye was opened 2 days later and was fully healed a week or two later. The New York State Commission checked me last week to make sure the eye was okay and they gave me an all clear. Let's hope they do the same with Margarito.
DK: After going back and watching the tape, what did you learn about yourself and about Delvin that you can use in the fight?
PW: Even though I came forward every round and I was landing every punch I was throwing, I learned that I am a better fighter when I have two eyes open. I knew Delvin was going to be ready. He has a lot of heart and I expect that he will be ready for another tough fight.
DK: Who are your sparring partners this time around for the fight and how have they helped in preparation?
PW: My sparring partners have been tough and have been guys who have pushed me to get better in certain areas where Tommy felt we needed to address leading up to this rematch. I won't leave any doubt this time, and in order to win convincingly, there were a few areas we needed to really key on during sparring.
DK: This is your biggest payday to date. Do you feel a sense of vindication after the first fight the two of you put on?
PW: I don't know about vindication, but I feel like I am being treated fairly. I am always going to give 150%, so I believe I should be compensated as such. The last fight was originally done on my part for the exposure ESPN could give me, so I traded a bigger payday in order to create a bigger fan base, which seems to be working.
DK: Should you win, there are two champions out there looking for a fight. First off, give me your thoughts on WBA champion Austin Trout.
PW: I don't know a lot about him. I think that is a common problem. He knows he has his lack of visibility and I guess he is working on that. I heard he won last weekend on Showtime, so hopefully the fans got to see him and will ask for more of him. The more interest in 154, the better.
DK: And what do you think about IBF champ Cornelius "K9" Bundrage?
PW: My thoughts on Feline are well-known. He's not looking for a fight; he is looking for one last payday and an exit plan. If he was looking for a fight, he could have had one with me on the biggest card of the year on December 3rd. I assume one of these days, the IBF will make him defend. He knows where to find me when he grows a pair.
DK: Any finals thoughts Pawel?
PW: Thanks David. I am really looking forward to December 3rd. I think this will be a night of fights that the fans will talk about for a very long time.
DK: I completely agree with you Pawel. Good luck on the 3rd.
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