By Tim Kudgis
On Saturday November 30th, undefeated prospect of Native American descent Morgan Fitch (11-0) will face his toughest test to date in Darnell Boone (19-21-3). Boone is best known for being the only man to defeat Ring Magazine & WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Adonis Stevenson, as well as being the only man to knock down Super Middleweight kingpin Andre Ward and gave hell to WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, where Boone took the Kovalev life and death before losing by way of a disputed split decision.
Fitch will be looking to impress fans in attendance and watching around the WORLD LIVE on GFL.tv. A victory over the well traveled Boone could open a lot of doors, including lining him up at his first shot at a regional title. Fitch knows it is no easy task at hand but he is extremely confident in his ability. Fitch vs Boone with be the co-main event to Paul Spadafora vs Johan Perez on the event titled "Redemption".
Boxingscene.com had the chance to sit down with Fitch before his biggest fight to date to discuss his training camp, Darnell Boone, his prediction for Spadafora-Perez and much more. This is what he had to say:
Boxingscene.com: How has training camp been for your fight this Saturday with Darnell Boone?
Morgan Fitch: Training camp was good. It had it's ups and it's downs but not everything goes perfect. So far my training, my conditioning, my mental, and physical ability is all where it needs to be right now.
Boxingscene.com: How did the fight with Darnell Boone come about?
Morgan Fitch: My adviser Mark Yankello called me up and asked if I wanted to fight on November 30th under Spaddy. Then he said he could get me a fight with Darnell Boone and everybody knows Darnell Boone. He comes to fight and he is a tough guy. I told him yeah. I don't turn down any fights or try to duck anybody. Anything that can get me out there fast that is what I want to do. This is just one step closer. Whenever we defeat him Saturday night my name is going to be ringing like door bells. I know he is coming to fight but i definitely need to get him out of my way.
Boxingscene.com: Where does a victory over Boone this Saturday night on GFL.tv put your goals for 2014?
Morgan Fitch: To be honest I really don't know. The reason I say I don't know is we all have some sort of goals. We all want to fight for a title even if it is not a world title as long as it something that will get you one step closer to that major fight. That is what we all hope for. This boxing game is so funny. It may become 2014 and we get Boone out of the way. The goal is greatness. As far as who I am going fight. I don't know because boxing is a funny sport. It is just a phone call away. As long as I am ready when the phone rings, which I will be because I am always in the gym, I am always training, and I am always in shape for that phone call. First thing is first is to get Boone out of the way. Then in 2014 lets just say the future is bright.
Boxingscene.com: Is it safe to say that in 2014 you will be shooting for you first regional title?
Morgan Fitch: Yes I hope so. that is what i was meaning by the smaller titles. That is what we hope for. My adviser is going to make it happen and if he makes then I will be there to follow through with it. Hopefully a regional title then in 1 or 2 years we come up to become real contenders. Boxing is funny though. you may get the call one day for the bigger fight before you can fight for that regional title. Boxing is so weird it is a tough sport.
Boxingscene.com; Have you been doing anything differently for this training camp?
Morgan Fitch: Not really man. Just staying focused. I train like I train for every fight. This is what I do. I train. I don't have a job. I am one of those guys who come from the gutter with nothing. No job, no high school, nothing. This is my life right here. I move 20 hours from Louisiana to Pittsburg to train with my coach Tommy Yankello and make this boxing happen. As far as the boxing and my training I do the same thing every camp. I go hard to make sure i am in the best shape possible. I know when I get in there and the leather starts flying it's on so I don't take anything for granted.
Boxingscene.com: What do you know about your opponent and is there any flaws that you think you can take advantage of in your fight?
Morgan Fitch: I sparred Boone. At this time around a year ago we came together and sparred. The only thing I have to do to win this fight is do what I do. I just need to worry about boxing and if becomes the aggressor I just have to shut him down right there. I am not going to let him build confidence with me. I will put my hands against his hands any day. He can not outbox me for 6 rounds or outpoint me for 6 rounds. All he has is a lucky punch. Whenever he clinches on the inside or tries to hit after the breaks, all I have to do is stay on my A game. I have to be alert. I have to be focused. I can't have any flaws for one second or he will be able to catch me sleeping. That is what he does.
He fights these guys and they think they are out of range, out of punching range, or coming off of the break. He does some sneaky stuff because he is a veteran and he knows how to do stuff and get away with stuff. If you are slipping in that department you are going to get caught. For me to win this fight I just have to be me. I don't have to change anything in my game plan to beat Boone. I just have to stay focused and stay alert for 6 rounds, every minute of the round and just being focused. You better believe if do that then I will win by decision or Boone is going to be knocked out.
Boxingscene.com: A victory here would most likely make you the #1 active fighter from Native American descent. What would that mean to you?
Morgan Fitch: That is what I am trying to do. That would mean a lot to me. I have a lot of stuff I am trying to do and that would mean a lot to me. I am trying to do this for the Native people as well because they do not have a lot of Native Americans fighting. That will definitely make me feel good. I would definitely be proud.
Boxingscene.com: What is your prediction for the main event between Paul Spadafora & Johan Perez?
Morgan Fitch: To be honest Spaddy is going to go through this boy. Nothing against Perez but I train with this guy day in and day out. He is just a one of a kind in the boxing ring. His mental stability, his focus, & he still has it when he gets in the ring. Spaddy is taking it hands down.
Boxingscene.com: What does it mean to you to fighting, not just in a packed venue, in front of the world live on GFL.tv?
Morgan Fitch: I love that. Now not just my people in Pittsburgh will be able to watch me. Like I said I relocated my family from Louisiana to Pittsburgh. Now I get to have my friends and family back home watch it. I have friends and fans in Texas and Mississippi also so I think that is great. I love it.
Boxingscene.com: What can fans in attendance and watching around the WORLD LIVE on GFL.tv expect from you Saturday night against Darnell Boone?
Morgan Fitch: Skills man. Talent, determination, fireworks, heart, all of it. That is what I am about. I am bringing everything to the table. They can expect fireworks. They can expect boxing. They can expect everything. They can expect boxing through and through.
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