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April 17, 2017

POST-FIGHT INTERVIEW: HASIM RAHMAN JR
By G. Leon

Gold Blooded back in the ring on Friday night

GL: Congrats on winning your pro debut. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance? Thank you, thank you. I'm my toughest critic so I give myself like a C+ on that. I'm only giving myself the plus on that because I got him out of there in under a minute, but we've got a long way to go. I'm going to continue working on my mistakes. I'm back in the ring on Friday April 22 in Michigan. I think my man Lanardo Tyner is headlining that card, so we're right back at it.

GL: Can you describe what the experience of making your pro debut in your hometown was like?

Hasim Rahman Jr: "It was really like a dream come true, because I sat in a cell and I was working for this and I envisioned this. I feel so blessed that it came to reality. It was great fighting for my first time not in a foreign area. I had my family there, I had my friends there, I was fighting on a card with my boys. Unfortunately they couldn't find my little brother an opponent in time, but he was there for me every step of the way. It was good to have him there with me and then my dad, he walked me through step by step and let me know what was going to happen and we executed the game plan."

GL: Were there more jitters or less jitters going into the ring in your backyard?

HRJR: "It was less because I felt comfortable and at home. My plan is to make the MGM Grand National Harbor my home, so that's what it felt like. It felt like I was home, when I walked out that was the loudest the crowd was all night. It was really a surreal experience I appreciate the love that Baltimore showed me and I can't wait to do it again."

GL: When will your next hometown fight take place?

HRJR: "On June 17 I'll be back home."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

HRJR: "I want to thank everybody for coming out and showing their support, we had a tremendous event and this is only the beginning. I want to thank Boxingtalk for the Team Rahman exclusive and I just want to throw it out there that my dad and brother set the bar high, they both had first round knockouts in their professional debuts, but I set the record now because I won my the fastest in under a minute, so I've the bragging rights in the family for pro debuts."

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