“My initial reaction was really surprised to be completely honest. It was a huge step into competition. I was pretty surprised that they were giving me the chance to fight the top of the ladder so soon. I was like, ‘holy cow.’ I didn’t think I would move up that quickly, but at the same time I was excited because that’s where I want to be. I’ve always wanted to fight the best guys in the world… Certainly he’ll be the hometown favorite, but that’s always been one of the aspects I like. I always enjoy going into someone’s house and beating them in front of their crowd. He’s tough to fight anywhere, yet alone his own country where there won’t be any quit in him. Honestly, I could see myself fighting for the No.1 contender’s spot after this fight. I won’t get a title shot, but I see myself fighting for that spot very soon. But, before that can happen, everyone will get to see me smash Okami.”
After defeating Nick Ring in “The Barbarians” second middleweight appearance he now faces the crème of the crop, the monster at the top of his division, Yushin Okami.
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