VIVIAN HARRIS BACK ON TRACK, PREPPING FOR ANOTHER TITLE RUN
By G. Leon
GL: Congrats on your recent victory over Danny O'Connor. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? "It was a great performance. I had a great training camp and worked on keeping him outside because I know he's a fighter who likes to come forward. He's just a straight up fighter who focuses on the jab and the right hand and we beat him with clean punches and staying off the ropes. He's the type of fighter that needs you to be right there so he can throw punches, but I wasn't there."
GL: Have there been any talks of a rematch?
Vivian Harris: "It don't matter to me, if the rematch comes and they pay me the money I want for the rematch then I'll do the rematch. And this time I will knock him out. But my goal is to get back where I belong that's all, so I'm ready for whoever."
GL: You're on a two fight winning streak right now. Prior to that the last few years were not kind to you. What do you attribute this sudden turn around to?
VH: "You know what Greg? The last few years were good to me. Even though I wasn't getting wins. Sometimes you have to go through things in life to get to where you got to go. Some of the fights I was getting was short notice fights, but I didn't put no blame on anybody because there was a reason I was taking the fights. Bills got to get paid and things got to get done. I'm a family man. I'm the one who took the fights and the thing I learned about boxing, once you stay in the ring it's a lot better then not being in the ring. You know what I'm saying?
GL: Yeah, you wanted to stay busy, not get rusty and take care of your family.
VH: "Thank you. Exactly. I knew at some point I was going to catch myself and find a fight where I would get a month or five weeks to train for a fight. I knew it was going to happen, so I just stayed in the gym and did what I had to do.
GL: Do you have any idea when your next fight might take place?
VH: "To be honest with you I don't know. I'm supposed to have some things lined up and they're talking about a rematch. If that comes through it comes through, but I want to fight again before the end of the year and get another win under my belt."
GL: Are you a promotional free agent right now?
VH: "I am a promotional free agent right now and I'm loving it."
GL: What are your goals for 2014?
VH: "To get back into the top ten, keep winning and fight for a world title by the end of the year. I just called out Victor Ortiz for a rematch on the Adrien Broner undercard."
GL: The first fight with Ortiz was over in a few rounds, they're probably not going to want to do that again.
VH: "In the first fight we fought at 142 even though they knew I couldn't make that weight. After he fought me he moved up to welterweight, but he didn't want to fight me at welterweight for that fight and you know that. Now that he's fighting at 147 why can't we fight again where I'm healthy and comfortable also."
GL: Who do you like in the Judah-Malignaggi fight?
VH: "I definitely know Zab is going to win that fight because he's a power puncher and a good boxer. Paulie is a good boxer but he don't have no power so I think it's going to be hard for him to beat Zab."
GL: Give me some closing thoughts for the fans.
VH: "I want to give all the glory to God. I thank him for giving me the strength and the discipline to revive my career. I'm focused on winning and getting back where I need to be."
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