You’ve been down in the past. How much has the surprise loss to Heiland affected you?
I’ve taken it well, really. The way I look at it, it’s one of two things. Either I’m 32 and I’ve been involved in some hard fights and hard training camps and I don’t have the same level of intensity or energy… It wasn’t a massive punch, it was just the pace, really. I was feeling the pace as early as the second; I felt tired. It’s either that, age or, more likely, I think I was just jaded. Going into the fight I thought I was in great shape and everything else but you don’t know until you know on the night. When I look back now it’s been a long, long year. It’s not just training in the gym, it’s good to be in the gym ticking over but I wasn’t ticking over, I was training for a fight. When you think boxers are training for a fight and they are training at that level of intensity all the time it’s not beyond the possibility that I was just a bit jaded. I’m not saying I overtrained for the fight because I think I’m too long in the tooth for that, just maybe that I was jaded from a long year – or it’s because it’s been a long, hard career. I could see what was coming. It’s not like he was particularly slick or hard, it was just the energy levels.
Was Heiland better than you thought he would be?