A: I’ve been sick a few times.
Q: Do you get nervous before a fight?
A: Of course, but not for a long time. Once the fight starts it’s all right. It helps me to relax and focus on what I have to do. You always feel that way when there is money at stake, no matter how many times you’ve done this kind of thing before; especially when you’re fighting in your hometown where everybody knows who you are and every step has meaning because it could be the last one (he makes his eyes blink rapidly). That can help or hurt sometimes mentally, depending on how tired or focused someone is, which changes from round to round. But after the first three rounds things should start getting easier mentally for me as well as physically because my body will be able to handle more punishment than usual (laughs).