Interview With WBA No.1 Light-Middleweight Contender Joachim ďTi-JoaĒ Alcine
28.06.07 - By James Slater: Speaking to me over the phone during a break from the training he was still undergoing for July 7thís Don King promoted fight-card (which will also feature world flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan vs. Nonito Donaire) a confident and upbeat sounding Joachim Alcine 28-0(18) was keen to speak about his upcoming world light-middleweight bout with champion Travis Simms. Here is what the friendly and accommodating thirty-one year old had to say.
Article posted on 29.06.2007
James Slater: Firstly, Joachim, how has training been going so far?
Joachim Alcine: My training has been going really, really well. Iíve been modifying a few things in particular. Such as my leg movement. Iíve been practicing putting more pressure on my openings. My right hand has also got stronger. I just hope he [Travis Simms] will be able to take what Iíve got for him. I feel so strong, stronger than ever before.
J.S: Have you been sparring with anyone in particular?
J.A: Iíve been sparring with lots of fighters. Some of them have had a few pro fights. Obviously, as Simms is a southpaw Iíve worked with left handers. But not only left handed fighters, right handed too. Also, the boxers have been much bigger than me. Iíve sparred guys weighing up to 180 pounds. I felt stronger than them though. Iíve had great sparring and Iím ready for the fight now. I will probably stop sparring tomorrow. The It will just be lighter training like running.
J.S: Who is your main trainer right now? I read that [former world champion] Otis Grant has been working with you.
J.A: Yes, Otis will be in my corner. But my main trainer is Howard Grant,
J.S: I understand yesterdayís Telephone press conference to promote the fight got a little heated [there were over the-phone insults by both fighters] do you feel Simms disrespected you?
J.A: He has a big mouth, thatís all it was. I was just pissing him off. Every time he thought he was getting to me I was pissing him off. He said I was nothing and that is not fair. I am unbeaten and everyone has the right to try and become a champion. Champions should be respected, but he should have spoke to me with respect first. We did exchange strong words, but really I was laughing at him.
J.S: What do you think of Simms as a fighter?
J.A: Well, he is a world champion so I guess you have to respect him. Itís just that I couldnít after he was so rude to me. As a fighter I donít really think heís anything too interesting. In his last fight [with Jose Rivera] I thought he was losing even though Rivera wasnít really doing anything. Thatís the only fight of his [Simms] that Iíve seen. Iím just looking forward to becoming world champion myself.
J.S: For those fans that havenít seen you fight, how would you describe your boxing style?
J.A: Iím not a one punch type of fighter. Iím a classy boxer. I do have power, but Iím more of a skillful boxer. My jab is very fast and I can be explosive. Yes, Iím a classic boxer, but I can be rough too.
J.S: As you know, Simms is a southpaw, have you fought many as a pro?
J.A: I think Iíve fought three. And all of them I stopped inside the distance. I know how to fight southpaws. Iíve sparred with Otis [Grant] in the past, and heís a left handed fighter. Heís also bigger then me. Iím not worried about Simms being left handed, not at all.
J.S: What type of fight do you think it will be, an exciting fight?
J.A: I really donít know until I can see what he brings to me. I have a reach advantage over him [of five inches] so I will try to keep him on the end of my jab. But if I can get inside him and feel so much stronger I will fight there. As for the fight being exciting - I have never had any fans in Canada say Iím a boring fighter. At the end of some of my fights the fans have been standing on the chairs. But I really donít know until I see how Simms approaches me in the ring.
J.S: This is your first world title shot, do you think Simms will be your hardest fight?
J.A: No, no. The man from Argentina [Javier Alberto] Mamani, in my final eliminator last June, he was very tough. I Know Iím fast, but he was very fast. I still believe he will be a world champion himself one day. I canít see Simms being as tough as he was.
J.S: Assuming you do win, who would you like to fight then. Any big names in particular?
J.A: I canít really say. God will decide for me. There are certain things in my life that I canít decide. God will do that. But I will say Iíll fight anyone. Iím not scared of any fighter. I want to fight the best. After you become world champion you cannot go backwards.
J.S: Itís been a pleasure speaking with you, Joachim. For my final question, do you have any prediction for the fight on July 7th?
J.A: My wife told me not to make a prediction. She said I should leave all that out. I know I said at the press conference yesterday that I would knock him out, but that was because heíd made me a bit angry. He was starting to get all big headed, so I said I was going to knock him out. I donít make any prediction though. But I do feel as though Iím hungrier than him. Iím looking forward to the fight, I just hope heís ready for me. Iím ready for him.
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