WINNING this fight is everything to me. I’m not looking past this Chris Algieri fight. I know it’s a very dangerous fight for me. Stylistically he’s very dangerous and I’m not going to be looking past it. If I do, I’ll have made a mistake. I’ve looked past fights and made mistakes. It will put me right back where I don’t want to be.
I have to be focused. I have to be disciplined in training camp, not looking past this Chris Algieri fight. I know there are big fights out there like Floyd Mayweather. I just have to stay focused and win this fight and go from there.
Technically I think overall he’s a very good boxer, moves well. He makes a lot of fighters fall short. He’s very skillful. You have to be on your ‘A’ game to beat him.
I’ve been watching a lot of videos like [Ruslan] Provodnikov. Even the Manny Pacquiao fight, there’s some good things he did there. It could be dangerous for me coming into this fight if I’m not on my ‘A’ game. I have to be one step ahead and make sure I don’t make any mistakes. Chris Algieri is a guy that if you make a mistake, he’s going to make you pay for it.
There’s people putting this fight down, and I don’t know why. At the end of the day, Chris has won a world title. He’s been in the ring with Pacquiao in his last fight. He’s a very good boxer, moves well, boxes well.
I take every fight seriously. I’ve made that mistake in the past. For example the Danny Garcia fight. I’ve fought some fights that I thought are going to be a walk in the park; I got hurt, I lost the fight. I’m not thinking any fight is going to be easy. Every fight I walk into, every person in front of me is going to be in there to win the fight.
Listening to Chris Algieri, he seems he wants to win this fight. That motivates me and makes me train harder. I’ve got someone in front of me that wants to win this fight. I’m not really listening to what people are saying about future fights or where this fight can take me.