Brock/McCline Conference Call Transcript
13.03.05 - Heavyweights Calvin Brock and Jameel McCline took part in a conference call this week to publicise their non-title clash at Caesars Palace on April 23. ESPN Pay-Per-View televise the 10 rounder ($29.95) and Main Events promote.
Article posted on 13.03.2005
CALVIN BROCK: Yes, I spent a week in Jameel McClineís camp. I REALLY THANK Jameel for having me in, it was a good experience. I got to help Jameel out for his bout against Chris Byrd Ė a lefty. I hadnít had my lefty gloves on in six years, since 1999. I am a totally different boxer as a right-handed boxer. I have fought all 24 fights and all 20 knockouts as a right-handed fighter.. I am much better and much stronger and I have much more control over myself. Some of the things that I tried to do against Jameel I couldnít do because I am a right-handed fighter. Itís going to be a totally different fight against a totally different boxer than he saw. It will be the same face but a totally different fight.
JAMEEL McCLINE: This is going to be a great show. ESPN and Main Events, who I have some history with Ė I never worked for them but I have some history with them. Calvin Brock was in camp with us for a while and he was probably our top guy and he turned it around for us. So if he was our top guy and still turning it around and hadnít done it for some timeÖheís going to present some challenges for us. The kid is undefeated and he knows what he has to do. I think it makes for a great evening of boxing.
QUESTION: Calvin, why are you taking the tough fight?
CALVIN BROCK: I look at myself as being the real heavyweight champion of the world. I said it on television and I said it in interviews, that I feel that Iím the real heavyweight champion of the world. If I say that I am and feel that I am, then I canít back down from anyone in the world. Iím ready to take on all comers and perform like Iím the heavyweight champion of the world. Jameel will be the toughest opponent that I will have been in the ring with. I thought he won the title shot he had against Chris Byrd and I was pulling for him. I didnít call Jameel out, it was just a business move that my promoter, Main Events, chose him and Jameel took the fight. Itís all love but it will be all business in the ring and I look forward to it and extending my career.
QUESTION: What will it mean for you if you beat McCline?
CALVIN BROCK: It will mean that I am definitely deserving of a title shot from one of the major title-holders.
QUESTION: Jameel, what is in it for you if you win?
JAMEEL McCLINE: The first thing is that people make a mistake with these guys. I wasnít in with anybody until I stepped in with Grand and Goofy. These guys are serious contenders. They are the young guys in the division Ė the young lions. Just because they are not old lions like myself doesnít mean they are not able to compete at this level. What it means to me is I never turn down fights. It was presented to us so I took it. I never turn down fights. Like most guys in this division, they sit around and jockey for position. My position is, I got a fight and Iím going to take it regardless. I feel that confident in my ability. I donít care how young, how undefeatedÖIíve beaten undefeated guys in my career. It doesnít really matter who I get in there with, Iím just going to take it from there and move on.
QUESTION: Jameel, you said this fight was going to be a knockout. Can you explain?
JAMEEL McCLINE: I donít really remember saying that but maybe you read my mind. Listen, Iím one of the better heavyweights in the division. Thereís no doubt about it. Main Events know that and Calvin Brock knows that. The writers know that. This is my job. It is my job to get my opponent out of there as early and as fast as I can. If I do, thatís great and if I donít, then thatís great too. Iím looking to put a lot of pressure on Calvin Brock and make sure that he understands that heís definitely in with one of the old lions and weíll take it from there.
QUESTION: Because the two of you sparred together Ė is that how this fight was made?
JAMEEL McCLINE: Listen, I definitely think that they saw something. I donít know what they saw. I donít know and itís not my business. I really donít care. The only reason I think they would put a talented fighter like this into this fight is because I think they saw something in sparring and in the fight with Chris Byrd. You know, thatís just the way the game works. They saw something and they want to exploit it.
QUESTION: Do you feel the inner will get a title shot?
CALVIN BROCK: I think whoever wins this fight will definitely get a title shot with Klitschko or whoever has a title.
JAMEEL McCLINE: My thoughts are that Iím on my last road to the title. This is why Iím taking the fight against Calvin Brock. If there are no fights out there Iím going to take whatís out there. If Rahman has a $1.5M out there and he doesnít want to take the fight - that is the most idiotic thing. You always take fights. I signed the Chris Byrd fight for $100,000. So thatís where I stand. I am a very confident man. If people walk away from $1.5M because they think they deserve 2 million. So this is where Iím at, it is a once in a lifetime chance so I would never walk away from that. Iím not going to walk away from a fight like this with a young talented guy like Calvin Brock. If I knock off Brock, people will still understand that Iím one of the most talented guys in the division. Heís no walk in the park Ė heís an undefeated heavyweight. Olympic winner and the whole bit. Thatís my opinion on how the whole thing works.
QUESTION: Comment on your sparring.
JAMEEL McCLINE: First, I would like to thank Brock for turning around for me. Most guys would not put themselves at a disadvantage, which is what he did. I would also appreciate if you didnít refer to him as a sparring partner because we didnít. We were grateful to have him in this camp to get ready for that job. All I know is that I am going to see something different but hat doesnít really matter to me. Itís all about doing what you have to do to move on.
CALVIN BROCK: The thing is I really look at the sparring session as pretty irrelevant. I would have never gone to camp to spar with Jameel McCline if Main Events had offered me the fight. I am still confident that I am going to go in and win the fight even if I had never sparred with him. Coming out of the sparring session, there wasnít anything that we would look at and say this is how we are going to beat Jameel McCline. I didnít go into sparring to see how I could beat Jameel. I went in there to help him and it wasnít my mindset and it isnít my mindset now. My mindset is that I am the real heavyweight champion of the world and I have the ability and the strength and the talent to beat anybody in the world and he is going to be my next opponent and Iím going in the ring on April 23rd and prove what I just said.
QUESTION: Do you want to make a prediction?
JAMEEL McCLINE: Iím here to take care of business. Iím not a big talker and a lot of people know that Iím not a big talker. I donít really run my mouth too much. Iím just here to do what I have to do for my career and myself.
CALVIN BROCK: Iím an undefeated fighter, Iím 24-0 and Iím going to come out of the ring against whoever I go in with, with a win. Rightfully so, I want to be the champion that I am. I went into the Olympics, I was a five-time national champion against guys in the amateurs and now as a professional and if I didnít think I was going to win I wouldnít be taking these fights.
QUESTION: Calvin, what is your strength and how it will help you?
CALVIN BROCK: One of the things that I am blessed with is a great trainer, Tom Magiello who trains my all around boxing skills and my experience in having 108 amateur matches against top-level competition. I know how to adjust to any style there is. Iíve had all size boxer, guys bigger that McCline and as tall as he is. I came up through the weight classes starting at 139-pounds to the heavyweight that I am now. My major asset is being able to adjust. I bring along with that Ė I train very hard and I have tremendous power to go along with my ability.
QUESTION: Jameel, how about you?
JAMEEL McCLINE: I do have at least a third less fights than Calvin. I had one and I did win that fight. My advantage is that Iím big and strong and deceptively fast for my size. My advantage is that Iíve been in the big show before. Iíve been in with big strong guys and Iíve been in with medium guys. I could say it over and over. Iím just here to do my job. Iím going to take it to Calvin Brock and make him show me that he can adjust to the big boys. I know he turned it around for me in camp but we still go it on in there. I remember the first day in camp, Calvin through a hook at me and I though ďholy shit, weíre working in here today.Ē Iím going to make him show me that he can adjust to my style and my size.
QUESTION: How many days did you work together and was that the only time?
CALVIN BROCK: That was the only time we worked together. I think it was three times. Three or four, I was only there for one week. We sparred nine or ten rounds.
JAMEEL McCLINE: Really? That little? I though it was at least ten or twelve rounds. You see, Calvin, it just felt like that.
QUESTION: Carl, how did you go about making this fight?
CARL MORETTI: You can always make heavyweight fights but you want it to be a significant heavyweight fight where there is something on the line. I will give credit to both guys. I give credit to Jameel. He just lost by a razor's edge to Chris Byrd. A lot of heavyweight would have fought someone a lot easier than Brock in their comeback fight. We offered him the fight and he said yes. There was no hesitation on his part. Brock has been itching for this chance to step up on a big show with TV behind it and take a shot, if you will. Itís only because he is confident in his ability, as are we. When you get that mix of those two things, itís an easy fight to make. It should be a good heavyweight fight, which is great for both guys. At the end of the day you have a good, significant, heavyweight fight. Itís good for the card and for both guysí careers and for the fans.
JAMEEL McCLINE: Iíve got to watch Carl because he was responsible for my first loss. A lot of people donít know that...
CARL MORETTI: Gary Bell. And look where you are today and look where he is.
QUESTION: Calvin, you fought primarily as a southpaw in the amateurs?
CALVIN BROCK: Iíve always been a right-handed boxer. I started out right-handed in 1987. Then in 1994, I lost to Antonio Tarver in a regional championship as a light heavyweight and he fought me at southpaw and I figured I would give it a try. I boxed southpaw from í94 to í99 and switched back and forth. Naturally I am right-handed. I fought right-handed in the Olympic games. February of í99 I went back to right. I donít like to do it anymore.
QUESTION: How long did it take you to get over the loss?
JAMEEL McCLINE: It took a week or so to get over the loss. I donít know if I was upset about it, I mean donít get me wrong. I just couldnít believe it was so close. The reason id didnít get the decision was because 270-pounds was too much to carry. I was in great shape but 270 was just too big. Too much muscle, so in the later rounds I couldnít get my combinations off like I should have and thatís why I didnít get the decision.
QUESTION: Did you talk to Chris about the fight?
JAMEEL McCLINE: Absolutely. As a matter of fact we were on the phone Wednesday and Friday of that very next week.
QUESTION: Can you talk about being in the final run?
JAMEEL McCLINE: When I talk about Old Lion, my dream is to make millions. A heavyweight career isnít over until he says so. I can always make a few hundred here and there. But Iím here to make millions. Thatís what I mean about my last shot at that. Letís face it, we all know how the business works. A third title shot is unprecedented in recent history. Andrew Golota is getting one now and Iíll get another one. Thatís what I mean about the old lion making my last run. You know how the business works and Iíll leave it there before I put my foot in my mouth.
QUESTION: Did you talk to Chris about a rematch?
JAMEEL McCLINE: I spoke to Chris about it and he said no way, itís never going to happen. Not taking anything away from him. Heís a great fighter and a great champion. He understands that if I did a little more cardio, he wouldnít be there. He knows that. Itís way too risky. Iím happy for him and next time around Ė better luck next time.
QUESTION: What weight will you fight at?
JAMEEL McCLINE: 250 - 260. Thatís my best weight. Thatís the weight I fought at. I never get on the scale. Thatís just who I am. I get on the scale periodically. In fact, every week I get on the scale. 270 was too much. I didnít look that heavy during camp but I carried just too much muscle.
QUESTION: Does it bother you fighting against people that you know?
JAMEEL McCLINE: Everybody understands, it is just business. It doesnít matter because once you step in itís all about paying mortgages. How cool we are, all that can wait. I want to knock everybody out. I go in there with the intentions of knocking everybody out. That way I can make my $60M and go home.
CALVIN BROCK: I would like to fight again before the first of July. Iím getting married on July 23rd so I want to get into a boxing match before that. I donít mind working that hard. I would like to have a title shot before then.
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