By Richard T. Najdowski
BoxingScene.com caught up with the four†main event†fighters from ESPNís 3/23 Chicago card at a recent media event. Two of the fighters, Donovan George†is dropping into a new weight class for this weekís fight card.†David Lopez is†returning after being away from the ring for lengthy periods of time.
Donovan George (24-3-1, 21 KOís) on his choice to compete at middleweight: ďAfter the (Adonis) Stevenson fight, I reviewed the tape and noticed how big he was compared to me. And (Edwin) Rodriguez and all these big guys. Iím not physically strong like that. I want to be the big bully. The James Cook fight at 164 was to see if I could make it. I made it. At 160, I feel like itís going to be even better. I havenít been 160 since I was 16, but Iím going to do it. Usually people later in their career go up in weight; Iím going down like a weirdo. I spent almost a month training in Detroit at Kronk. I feel like my feet are a lot quicker."
"I feel like it really sped up my feet. I canít wait to show everybody that Iím a serious middleweight. Iíve got an opportunity Friday, so Iím going to do it.Ē
Donovan also refers to himself on his Twitter account, @DonDaBombGeorge, as a full time poker player in addition to being a fulltime headlining boxer. I asked him between the two, which profession he thought has provided more and which has taken more from him. These were some of his thoughts:
ďBoxing has definitely taken more from me, like about 50,000,000 brain cells and a lot more of my time, and my whole 20ís. Usually a 20 year old kid gets to got out, drinking, have a good time, eat. I didnít get to do none of that fun stuff. Poker is just a way outside of boxing that helps me make money and I enjoy, I feel Iím kinda decent at it and I can pay the bills off it. Iím happy with it. I love it.Ē
David Lopez (41-13-0, 23 KOís) through an interpreter, on his relative inactivity in the last 21 months, as well as fighting Don George and his boxing future:
ďI wasnít being active due to promotions and stuff. Iíve always been training and always been taking care of the weight. Iím back and I want to be back and stay for awhile. For the Trout fight, I wasnít as prepared as I am now. Every fighter and every fight is tough. There are no easy fights. I want to show Don (George) that he hasnít fought nobody of [my] caliber. I want to get this victory done. The goal is getting another title shot.Ē