By Robert Coster
Photo: Sozufe “Dread” Adeleri
WBC #15 junior middleweight Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (20-1, 15 KOs) is defending his WBC Fecarbox title tonight against Francisco Cordero (28-1, 20 KOs) of Colombia at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The weigh-in had some heated moments as both young men pushed each other around and had to be separated. Oliveira gracefully answered questions by Fightnews after the tense face-off with Cordero.
Michael, Cordero looked to be very confident at the weigh-in. He’s not very well-known but he has this impressive record. What do you have to say about that?
Am I supposed to be scared or impressed? Well, I’m not.
The weigh-in got heated. You want to talk about that?
He tried to provoke me putting his hand in my face so I pushed him just to give him an idea of what’s in store for him.
Michael, you’re boxing’s rich kid, born into money. You have a yacht and a Ferrari F-430. Do you feel that you are not being taken seriously enough because of that? A kid from the hood would be given consideration while you’re not. Some people think you’re just a rich kid playing boxer.
I have to live with that and I guess I will have to earn respect in the ring with my fists. I don’t let negative people get to me. I train as hard as the next guy and boxing is not a game for me.