By Lee Bates
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Willy Blain (20-0,3 KOs) has traveled a long distance from Germany to Puerto Rico where he seeks to win the WBO interim title this Saturday. Blain will take on fellow contender unbeaten Lamont Peterson (26-0, 12 KOs). Fightnews caught up with Blain at his hotel in Puerto Rico. Blain commented on whether he needed to be the aggressor to win this fight, adjusting to the time difference from Germany to Puerto Rico, and making his U.S. debut on HBO.
You and Peterson fought in the amateurs in 2003 where he defeated you by decision. Do you remember anything from that fight?
I remember we fought but as far as the details from that fight I don’t remember. We were amateurs then and now we’re professionals so there really isn’t anything to take from that fight for either of us.
How have you adjusted to the time difference from Germany to Puerto Rico?
My adustment has gone well. I will have been here 10 days come fight night so I will be well adjusted.
Being that you’re not known as a puncher, do you feel that you’re going to have to be more aggressive to win this fight?
I think at the end of the day the judges will give the decision to the fighter who earned the decision and my plan remains to fight my fight.
Though you fight out of Germany you’re actually a native of France. How big of a fight is this in France?
It’s a big fight for many in France as I’ve had several reporters from France calling me but I’m very focused on this fight and with a victory time will tell just how important this fight indeed is in France.
This will be the first time for fight fans in the USA to see you. How excited are you that your first fight will be seen by so many people on HBO?
Believe me when I tell you that I’m honored to fight on HBO but once that bell rings all my attention will be on Peterson and winning the world title.
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The event entitled ‘Champion vs Champion’ is being promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing. HBO will televise the event live Saturday April 25th from the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. In the main event, Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez(24-0, 22 KOs) will take on Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs) in a 12 round junior featherweight bout. Tickets can still be purchased by calling the Ticket Center at (787)792-5000.