Delvin is here!
Delvin, does fighting on national TV ever get old?
No, it doesn't. It's always very exciting to put on a show. Without the fans, we're nobody. The only way to prove that we deserve to be on national TV is to fight on TV and show the fans. It doesn't get old.
How do you like fighting at the Mohegan?
It's the best. The best. I get in the car and just drive an hour and 20 minutes. That's in my backyard. It's easy for my family. I have to say it's the best spot for me to fight.
Do you try and take the first round or two to feel out your opponent and figure out his gameplan?
Most of the time, yeah. Most of the time we take a round or two, not take it off, but be more alert and see what he's doing. Just to feel him out. But sometimes you're in the situation where you get a feel for it and you go for it.
How long was your training camp for this fight?
This time we trained for 6 weeks. That's pretty much what we do for every fight.
A lot of fights happen on Saturday, but this week you're fighting on Friday....does that change your preparation at all?
Not at all. One day or the other it's not a big deal. I'm used to fighting on Friday Night Fights. It could be a Monday, Sunday, it doesn't matter.
what's your opponent's biggest strength?
He has a tough right hand, crazy right hand. You have to be alert for those punches. You have to watch out for it. You can't see it. It has a lot of power.
Did you watch much film on your opponent?
Not really. There wasn't much to see from the guy. I watched some short takes they had on YouTube, but that's about it. We tried to get some, but they were only some short four rounders.
After boxing, what's your favorite sport?
Your adopted home is Connecticut, so how fun is it to be able to fight in your home state?
It's great. It's really good. It makes it more exciting for myself and motivation. I have people close by me be able to go to the fight. I know there will be a lot of noise from my fans. That makes it very exciting.
Do you feel any added pressure fighting in CT?
No. The opposite. More just excitment and motivation. I don't feel pressure. I call it excitement.
How nervous are you?
I've been doing this forever, so I don't really feel nervous. I get the adrenaline running and get excited. I keep myself calm. I don't really get nervous.
will you be looking for a knockout?
I'm not going to go in there and concentrate on that, but yes most likely, I'm going to try and find it.
Do you think we'll ever see Pacquiao-Mayweather?
No, I don't think so. I doubt that. First of all, I don't think the people are too excited to see the fight now after what happened with Pacquiao. I think there are opponents out there that are better for Mayweather at the moment.
how do you like fighting at junior middleweight?
That's where I feel the strongest. I feel like I'm more explosive. It's where I belong. I think that's where I'm the best at the moment. I'm glad to be at this weight.
How did weight cutting go?
No, not really. Basically we've learned how to control it.
who is your favorite fighter of all time?
I would have to say Oscar De La Hoya. When I was coming up as an amateur, he was the best. He could really float in the ring.
Where does Mohegan rank on your favorite places to fight?
It's No. 1. Like I said, it's a great feeling. They treat me nice and it's really close to home. There are a lot of fans that make a lot of noise. It has to be No. 1 at the moment.
what keeps you motivated?
I really put in my mind that I have to become world champ. Until I accomplish that my motivation will be alive. This year is the beginning of that journey.
How much longer til you get a title shot?
I would say by the middle or beginning of next year. I would think by the beginning of next year.
How good of a job do you feel Star Boxing has done for you? Seems like you're on TV all the time....
I believe they've done a really good job. I have no complaints about them.
This will be a really exciting fight. Tune into ESPN if you can't be there live. We're going to go right at it.