|James McGirt Jr.: “I let my hands do the talking!”
By Benny Henderson Jr - AKA "Big Dog" (April 1, 2008) Doghouse Boxing
April 11th at the Miccosukee Resort in Miami, FL, to be televised on Showtime’s ShoBox 11:00 PM ET/PT, undefeated James McGirt Jr. 18-0 (9) takes on another son of a former world champion Carlos De Leon Jr. 19-2-2 (12) in a 160-pound match-up.
Since turning pro early 2004, the son of James “Buddy” McGirt has been etching a name out for himself, defeating all who have crossed his pathway. From Stephan Pryor (UD 8), and Delray Raines
(KO 1), to most recently Jason Naugler (UD 8), James Jr. has proven to be a hot prospect and a rising star to boot.
In this exclusive interview conducted by Doghouse Boxing, James McGirt Jr. speaks out on his upcoming fight as well as career, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: Your thoughts on your upcoming match-up against Carlos De Leon Jr?
James McGirt Jr.: Honestly I do not know too much about him, I know that his father was an ex world champion. I have to bring my A game, I have been training very hard for this fight. We are trying to make our mark, so you cannot take anybody lightly; I will have to box and be smart.
BH: Does it add a little zing to the fight with you and Carlos being sons of former world champions?
JM: Ah, at the end of the day we have to get into the ring, so people might try to hype it up with that, I really don’t think it means anything. Our fathers are not getting in the ring, it is he and I.
BH: What about being showcased on Showtime’s ShoBox?
JM: I am very excited.
BH: How has your training been going for this bout?
JM: It is going very well, actually I have been training three or four months, I am at weight already. It has been an excellent training camp. At 160-pounds I feel so much better.
BH: Can you eat what ya want now my man.?
JM: I can eat a little of what I want, I had smothered pork chops yesterday, my Grandmother made some so I had to get me a little piece of that.
BH: I am going to have to start calling your Grandmother, Grandmother, I love smothered pork chops!
JM: (Laughing) Oh yes.
BH: How has the sparring with Glen Johnson going?
JM: Glen is a very strong, wise man. Just being in the ring with him and to box with him it is a great learning experience.
BH: How hard is it training under the tutelage of your Dad, I mean he has to be hard on you then other?
JM: Oh man, without a doubt he is a hundred times harder on me than he is with anybody else. At the end of the day I understand that because I am his son. Some day’s when he does piss me off; I know in the back of my mind that it is for the best, you cannot really get mad at him.
BH: You went 5-0 in 2007, what grade would you give yourself for last year?
JM: Probably a C+ or B, I mean I have not been boxing that long. 2008 is actually going to be a great year for me because I have been working with my Pops, I am learning new tricks.
BH: If you could send out a message to Carlos before the fight what would you say?
JM: Honestly I am not a cocky dude, so I would say just be ready.
BH: Anything in closing?
JM: I let my hands do the talking.
Doghouse Boxing would like to thank Bob Trieger once again for his help and thanks goes out to James Jr. for his time and thoughts.
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