By Jason Kotar
FightNews recently had the opportunity to speak with undefeated heavyweight Carl Davis Drumond as he prepared for today’s showdown in Rostock, Germany against WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs). Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs), promoted by Warriors Seminole Boxing, fights out of Costa Rica and presently is rated #10 by the WBA. He is the former IBF and WBO Latino champion, as well as the ex-WBC FECARBOX title holder. Drumond is fighting outside of his of homeland for only the second time in his career. Despite his impressive record, not many people are giving Drumond a shot at defeating Chagaev. Chagaev recently discussed the possibility of a rematch with Nikolai Valuev without mentioning his upcoming showdown with Drumond.
“I realize he may be overlooking me,” observed Drumond. “I come from a country that does not have a big boxing history. My time has come to show people like Chagaev that I am ready.”
FightNews noted that Chagaev is a dangerous southpaw and Drumond acknowledged that he has not fought many lefties but he stated that he is ready. “My trainer is John David Jackson, a southpaw himself. I observed everything he showed me. I am prepared well for the weak points in Chagaev’s game.”
FightNews asked Drumond if he was concerned if he would receive a fair decision fighting in the Germany, where both Chagaev and his promoter Universum are based. “I have to fight my fight against Chagaev, show the judges what I can do. I do not have two fights,” responded Drumond.
With 20 knockouts out of 26 wins, Drumond has a knockout average of 77% but he does not plan on knockout despite his high ratio of KOs: “I never have a knockout in my mind, a knockout comes by itself. I train for a fight that could last one round or twelve rounds.”
Ask his prediction of his battle with Chagaev, Drumond simply stated: “I will win!”