Exclusive Interview with Ronald Hearns - "I Want To Win At Least Two World Titles At Light-Middleweight"
11.09.08 - by James Slater - Unbeaten 29-year-old Ronald Hearns has been very active this year. Having already had two fights this year (both stoppage wins), Hearns has another two scheduled for September and October, respectively. A natural light-middleweight at the moment, the son of the legendary Thomas Hearns has compiled stats of 19-0(15) since turning pro - at the fairly advanced age of 25 - in April of 2004. Ronald has inherited his father's long-limbed physique and his formidable boxing skills. It seems as though the next generation Hearns has also been blessed with serious punching power.
Article posted on 11.09.2008
Very kindly taking time out to speak with me over the phone yesterday, the soft-spoken and very polite fighter had the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: Did your Dad work your corner in last fight?
Ronald Hearns: Yes, he did. My main trainer got held up with his passport, so my dad took over at the last minute.
J.S: Will he work the corner again or was that just a one-off?
R.H: I don't know, he may work my corner again. I mean, before any fight he always calls me up and gives me advice and stuff. If he did work my corner again he'd be the second corner man. Right now my corner men are Henry Hill and my uncle, Billy Hearns, who do a great job with me.
J.S: Have you and your dad ever sparred - even just for fun?
R.H: Yeah, we have (smiles). It was fun. For my last two fights we sparred a couple of rounds. It was good, him teaching me a few of the tricks he learnt in his career. Even though I said he was an old man and to go lightly, I knew he still had that devastating right hand (laughs).
J.S: I notice you've changed your nickname from "The Motor City Cobra" to "The Chosen One."
R.H: Yeah, my dad was known as "The Motor City Cobra" so I tried to step out of his shadow, and now I have my own nickname. Also, I feel I am the chosen one in that I've been chosen by God. It's my destiny to be a world champion and a great boxer like my dad. As the bible says, many are called but few are chosen.
J.S: Is there any truth in the word that you and another son of a legend, in Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr, may fight at light-middleweight one day?
R.H: I've not heard anything, but I think it would be an exciting fight for the fans. Both our fathers have an enormous legacy and the fight would be big, so I say if the paper work is right and if the money's right, let's do it. I'm old School in my attitude, it would be a good fight between the two of us so let's make the fight.
J.S: Do you feel you are at your peak right now, and are you staying at might-middleweight for the moment?
R.H: Oh yeah, I'm at my peak I'd say. I want to win at least two world titles at light-middleweight, unifying the division and winning all three would be great, a bonus, but winning two would be great also. Then I plan on moving up to middleweight and winning a title there.
J.S: So you see yourself as a world champion in 2009?
R.H: Yes, I should be a world champion in 2009. Or maybe later this year, you never know.
J.S: I know you have two fights coming up, one in September and then one in October, so you're keeping busy.
R.H: Yeah, I like to stay active - they have to throw me out of the gym when I haven't a fight coming up, I love to train all the time.
J.S: Best wishes with the remained of your career and I hope it's a long one.
R.H: Thank you for the interview and I'd like to say thanks to all my fans.
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