Interview with Former IBA
Continental light middleweight champion, "Bad Boy" Eromosele Albert
(21-2) with 10KO's by Ike Enwereuzor
Two-time Nigerian Olympian and former IBA Continental Junnior
Eromosele "Bad Boy" Albert now residing in Miami, Florida will
battle Ghana-native and former commonwealth light middleweight
champion, Ossie Duran in a 12-round main event for the vacant IBF
All-Africa Light middleweight belt on Tuesday September 23, 2008
at Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City.
Here is what the former olympian had to say about his upcoming
Ike: What do you remember about your first pro fight?
Eromosele: I was so nervious, no headgear and I fought at light
heavyweight and still won that fight. It was a good experience and
different from amateur.
Ike: How was training camp for your upcoming fight with Ossie Duran
on Sept 23 here in New York City?
Eromosele: Training camp was very good, we're ready for this fight.
It's not just the fight
but the cause is great. It is a benefit event to help my people back
in Africa. I had no problem to sign the contract for this fight. We
want to get involved and help Africa help poverty in Africa. I ask
people to come out and enjoy entertainment coming out of Africa. It
will be a great night of Boxing and music.
Ike: You're originally from Nigeria but based in Florida now. What
is your impression of your opponent Ossie Duran from Ghana?
Eromosele: Well, I have beaten a lot of Ghanaian boxers, they fight
the same style. I beat Joshua Clottey in Commonwealth game in Canada
as an amateur and I beat a few others too. I have no problem
fighting Ghanaian boxer I'll beat Ossie Duran easily. The fight the
same way whether amateur or professional.
Ike: You mentioned that you beat Joshua Clottey, who is the current
IBF welterweight champion as amateur, please tell us about that?
Eromosele: Joshua Clottey is a good fighter but I beat him on points
1994 on the commonwealth game in Canada. I'm happy for him.
Ike: What did you think of his fight with Zab Judah?
Eromosele: Like I said I am happy for him, most Africans will beat
the American because
the American fighters are not discipline.
Ike: You represented Nigeria twice in olympics 1996 and 2000. What
can you tell us about that?
Eromosele: It was a good experience and exposure for me. I fought in
a lot of games outside Nigeria, like commonwealth, All Africa game,
Olympics and more. After the first time 1996, I had my experience
then 2000, I was teammate with Samuel Peter in Sydney
Australia. My fight was a draw but I was coming to get that Gold but
it didn't workout so I turn professional.
Ike: Talking about Samuel Peter, your fellow countryman. What is
your thoughts on his upcoming fight with Vitali Klitschko?
Eromosele: He's already in Germany, if he stays focus, he'll have no
problems to beat Vitali because Vitali hasn't fought in a while and
that ring rust will show but Peter have to stay on him.
Ike: Any predictions on the Hopkins-Pavilk fight coming up in
Eromosele: Bernard Hopkins has the best defense in the game I know
he maybe older
but only Kelly Pavilk wins is if he can put pressure on Hopkins. He
always comes forward anyway he don't know any better.
Ike: What can you tell us about your last fight?
Eromosele: It was a bad night for me and bad experience. My mother
was sick and they told she may not make it, I don't want to give
excuse but I'll just say it was his night and I want that rematch
with James Scotland after I'm done with Ossie Duran and win the IBF
Intercontinental junior middleweight belt. I really want to clean
that after this fight Sept 23.
I want to thank the people of Fyre TV for all their support and
sponsorship during my training camp for this fight. This company is
so great and I'll always thank them for all.
Ike: What's your impression of the champions in your weight class?
Eromosele: They are good champions. I'll love to fight them but I
have to take care of Duran first and win the IBF Intercontienetal
title on Sept 23 then we shall see what happens. I would love to
fight Vernon Forrest or even Verno Phillip.
Ike: Which of your fights are the toughest?
Eromosele: I'll say that my toughest fight will be my first 12 round
fight for the IBA Continenental championship which I won against
Dorian Beaupierre on point but I was a little nervous. The Yori boy
Campas was tough too but I won also.
Any comment to your fans?
Eromosele: I'll like to thank my fans for their support and like I
said I want to thank Fyre TV
so much. I want to invite Boxing fans and my Nigerian brothers and
sisters also Africans as whole should come out and support the cause
of this event and come experience a great Boxing and Music
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