“I think (Volkmann) is just trying to drum up some interest in the fight,” Paul Kelly exclaimed nonchalantly. “Maybe he is trying to bring out a new persona. He’s a legit fighter. I guess now he is coming out of his shell, but I don’t see this as being any different than what all fighters are doing now. This isn’t the WWE you know; I don’t have to be fake about anything”
“For all the talk, I just hope that it doesn’t become a boring fight. Nothing could be worse for me than having someone try and lay on top of me for 15 minutes doing nothing. I am going to do everything I can to make it exciting for the fans.”
“This isn’t a swipe at Volkmann, it’s a view in general. You don’t see tennis players, golfers, or any of those sportsmen calling each other out. Maybe because of the talk people still don’t see us as legit sportsmen."
“Don’t get me wrong, I am nobody’s friend till after the fight. I just have bad intentions in there, no quarter, that’s just the way I am. There have been times when I have shown too much respect and look what it got me, (Dennis) Siver and (Marcus) Davis being examples, twice bitten, no more…”
“They laugh at me because I don’t touch gloves when we spar. I just get into that mindset. They are all good friends, but we’re not there to be friends, we’re there as weapons to be sharpened.”
“I would never say anything bad about Mario and the guys there (at his former gym Wolfslair), but I am representing Kaobon now and I needed to make the whole change. I feel I am embraced here. I am so much more technical, analytical, and relaxed than I used to be. Before I was 100 percent full-on, now I am more of a thinking man’s fighter and I think it will show in this fight."
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