By Kurt Wolfheimer
Rising junior middleweight contender Derek “Pooh” Ennis (17-2-1, 12 KOs), will once again make his move into the national spotlight when he tangles with Ishmail Arvin (15-1-4, 7 KOs) on Saturday night for the USBA light middleweight title at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fightnews had the opportunity to speak with Derek as he approaches quite possibly the biggest fight of his career.
FN: Derek it is good to see you. How are you?
Ennis: I feel great and I am ready to go get it on.
FN: You are taking on Ishmail Arvin for the USBA light middleweight title in Atlantic City on Saturday night. What do you know about Arvin?
Ennis: I don’t know much about him, other then he beat Anthony Thompson. I do know that I am ready and in great shape. If I stick to my game plan, I will come out with the victory.
FN: How long have you been training for the fight?
Ennis: It has been about eight weeks. I am sharp and ready to go.
FN: Who have you sparred with to prepare for this fight?
Ennis: I have sparred several rounds with Anthony Thompson (23-3, 17 KOs) and my brother Farah Ennis (9-0, 4 KOs. Thompson’s familiarity with Arvin has really helped me prepare for this fight. My trainer is my father Bozy Ennis and his vast knowledge and experience has helped me throughout my career and will continue to benefit me against Arvin on Saturday night.
FN: Without giving away any secrets, what is your game plan for Saturday night.
Ennis: I plan to outbox Arvin. If a knockout comes so be it, but a victory should be mine.
FN: Where do you see yourself a year from now?
Ennis: Hopefully, I will be a number one contender, fighting for a world title.
FN: For the boxing fans that haven’t seen you, how would you describe your style?
Ennis: I am a boxer puncher. I like to hit and not get hit.
FN: What do you think a victory against Arvin will do for you?
Ennis: If I win on Saturday night, I will be a contender and ready to take on anybody in the junior middleweight division.
FN: In closing, do you have anything to say to your fans as you approach your fight with Arvin on Saturday night?
Ennis: Everybody come out and enjoy the fight. It should be an exciting one. Don’t miss it!