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Q&A: Kali Meehan

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

World heavyweight contender Kali Meehan spoke to Fightnews and told us that he was shocked that he was dropped in the WBA ratings from the #1 position, that he is confident he can beat Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko and also Nicolay Valuev, how he wants to fight the winner of the Cameron vs Tua bout, why his trainer Mark Janssen is one of the best in the world and that he is hopeful DKP will promote him in October or November.

You were the WBA #1 heavyweight contender for several months, but were recently dropped to the WBA #3 position. Please give me your thoughts on why the WBA dropped you in the ratings.

I have no idea why the WBA dropped me from the #1 position, I was asked if I would consider fighting Valuev in Helsinki on one day’s notice due to Chagaev’s hepatitis condition. I accepted the fight, and was confident of victory, but the show was called off. I believe that Chagaev should not be made #1 contender, but John Ruiz and myself should fight for the mandatory position.

You are rated by the WBA, IBF, and WBC. How do you rate the champions: Nicolay Valuev, Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko? Can you defeat them?

All three of these champions are big strong men, but they are only human. To defeat Vitali, I believe one needs to apply boxing skills and movement. For Wladimir, I think you have to make him fight. I do rate both of these men! They are a credit to themselves and the sport of boxing. I would love the chance to match my skill and heart against theirs. I am confident I can defeat them.

As for Valuev, I was ranked #1 for so long and that fight was never given to me. I have been calling his name for so long to fight me and give me a shot at the title.

The David Tua vs Shane Cameron bout on October 3rd has created international interest. Are you interested in challenging the winner? Have you had sparring sessions with Cameron and Tua? Please give me your thoughts.

This will be a great fight! Not only for New Zealand Boxing, but just a great fight in general. I have sparred with Shane Cameron on several occasions. He is a strong and determined man who Tua cannot afford to underestimate. I was hoping to fight on the card against Hasim Rahman, but I was told he asked for too much money. I really wanted to fight on this card against any opponent, but I’ve heard nothing concrete from the promoter, and yes, I must fight the winner! We must work out who the big fish in this pond is.

Respected promoter Cedric Kushner predicts that the Tua vs Cameron bout could be the start of promotions in New Zealand that will receive international interest. Are you hopeful that you will feature on these promotions?

If he’s talking about promotions in New Zealand or Australia, then yes, I have to feature on these promotions! Who else can the winner fight? I believe I will beat both of these guys relatively easy. There is only one way to find out. Hopefully early next year I can fight the winner.

Australian promoter Fidel Tukel, who has promotions that are nationally televised on channel Ten One-HD has you on his October show. Who will you box?

I was penciled in to fight on his show on September 3rd, and that show was cancelled. For what reasons, I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything about an October show. So that’s two fights in a row now for me that have fallen over. Counting the October 3rd show in New Zealand, that’s three fights in a row I’ve missed out on. This makes things hard – I just want to fight, I love to fight and I need to fight. I’ve called out John Ruiz. I’ve called out Rahman. I’ve called out Valuev. I even called out Golota awhile back before Brewster beat him. Adamek should beat him, and if he wants a heavyweight ranking, I’ll fight him too.

Australia’s leading promoter Bill Treacy is interested in you boxing on a Fox Main Event pay-per-view show early in 2010. Are you hopeful that you can be promoted on a regular basis in Australia?

I hope this will happen. To fight regularly is what I crave for. It would be great to keep busy fighting here in Australia, and then in the States for big fights. This, I believe, will bring out the best in Kali Meehan.

Your trainer is former world rated junior middleweight Mark Janssen. Please tell me how long you have been working together.

I have been with Mark Janssen since 2004, he’s like a secret to the boxing game. He is a world class trainer, a man who is very passionate about boxing. He brings out the best in me, and any one he works with. There are so many boxing trainers and coaches who haven’t even stepped into the ring in their lives and the fighter has to trust his life with his trainer. I am so blessed to have Mark Janssen in my corner. Any fighter or person who knows him knows why.

You are promoted by DKP. Are you hopeful that you will feature on a Don King promotion in 2009?

I’m hoping to be fighting on a DKP card in October or November. He has spoken to me about this so it looks promising. I would love to face John Ruiz for the right to be the WBA mandatory challenger.

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