By Lee Bates
Eromosele Albert (21-2, 10 KOs) hits the pads with trainer Orlando Cuellar as he prepares for his main event on this weeks edition of ESPN2′s Friday night fights. Albert was orginally supposed to face former world champion Carlos Quintana, but when that fight fell through multiple fighters were proposed as replacements with veteran Germaine Sanders (21-6, 17 KOs) getting what appears to be the final nod.
A year ago Albert was thought of as a serious threat to contend for a world title in the junior middleweight division. He was coming off of consecutive victories over former world champion Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas and former world title challenger Daniel Edouard, whom he knocked out. All that momentum was stopped, however, after he was knocked out in one round by unbeaten world ranked James Kirkland in May of 2008. Since the loss Albert has had one fight where he had a 10 round draw with Ossie Duran, who ironically is the last person to go the distance with Kirkland in the last five years. Albert is now looking to rebound and live up those previous championship material expectations.
Albert spoke with Fightnews regarding the loss to Kirkland, dealing with several opponents falling out for his upcoming fight, and the importance of this fight.
What went wrong that night with James Kirkland?
I simply got caught and never recovered. No excuses. That’s boxing and you have to move on. I took some time off and went back to my home country of Nigeria after the fight which was good for me.
There were a lot of expectations of you going into the Kirkland fight. What was the reaction of your countryman and family when your came home after the fight?
That’s the good thing about family. They are always there for you during good and bad times. They were very supportive. There was no negativity whatsoever.
How hard has it been to remain focused with so many different opponents falling out for your upcoming fight?
Honestly I can’t control those things. My trainer Orlando Cuellar has kept me focused and we will have a solid game plan come Friday night.
Where would you rate the importance of this fight?
At this stage of my career I can’t have a bad performance let alone a loss. I must win impressively to get myself back into title contention.