We've got Paulie!
How excited are you to be fighting in Brooklyn?
It's hard to describe into words. I get goosebumps every time I think about it. I can't imagine how I will feel getting into the ring.
What have you been working on the most during camp?
Just being more well rounded. I'm trying to make improvements on my overall style. Keep trying to make those adjustments and make progress.
How proud are you to be representing your Italian-American heritage in the ring?
Being Italian is always a source of pride for me. I'm a first generation American. My Italian roots are something I always hold dear to me. I also have an Italian passport. I'm a dual citizen.
What is Cano's biggest strength?
Probably his body punching. He's a solid body puncher.
Paulie I know you really can't look past Cano on Saturday but I gotta ask, are you excited at the prospect of a rematch with Hatton now that hes coming out of retirement?
All big fights excite me. Hatton would be one, yes. But I get excited about all of the big fights.
Paulie... I met you once at Nature's Grill in Bay Ridge... Seems you have new found punching power at 147... Does this mean you should have moved up sooner? Were you draining yourself at 140?
Maybe last year it was a little more difficult. But I don't regret staying at 140 for as long as I did. Anything I was lacking in success at 140 didn't have to do with the weight, but some other things, including some hand injuries. Maybe I could have moved up a year earlier, but not much sooner.
Paulie has a lot of pressure to deliver in front of his hometown fans. I have seen Paulie train in Florida and when he is focused his boxing ability/speed makes him very difficult to catch. He is facing a good young fighter who's only hope is a knockout, not going to happen. Paulie has proven he has the chin and the heart of a champ.
When I was younger, I used to look at it as pressure. I don't look at it as that any more. I know if I fight my fight and do what I'm supposed to do, I'll deliver the goods.
how long was your training camp?
I started training in August. Light training in July. I'm looking forward to the fight.
worst part about camp?
I think the worst part is knowing you have to do it every day. That's one thing you have to look forward to about the fight is you can rest after the fight. In training camp, you work hard every day and you have to do it again the next day.
Who do you think wins the Bailey-Alexander? Any interest in fighting the winner?
All big fights interest me. I think Devin's youth should help him out in that fight. I like him. All big fights interest me.
how excited are you to be at 147, considering all of the good fighters there?
Yeah, it's a good time to be a welterweight. I'm not going to be shy about trying to get those big fights. It's exciting.
Hey Paulie, I think your entrance music for this weekend should be "Hello Brooklyn" by Jay Z
I'm walking in to a song called "Brooklyn Way" performed live.
Paulie! Was Sebchenko the biggest win of your career? Also, you have a great career in broadcasting ahead of you after you are done fighting. Great insights and great energy. Keep it up.
It's definitely up there in terms of career saving moves and fights. It could quite possible be the biggest win of my career.
if you could go back 10 years or so what would you have thought about your career now?
I would have been disappointed. Not that I'm not grateful for what I have. I have very, very high standards for myself and I didn't live up to them. If you would have told me 10 years ago that this was it, I would have been disappointed. But knowing what I've been through and the injuries I've had, I'm grateful for where I am.
biggest key this weekend?
Controling the pace.
do you feel better at 147?
I feel good. I don't think I feel bigger stronger, but I am bigger and stronger at the bigger weight. I think the best thing about welterweight is not having to cut as much weight so having better conditioning.
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