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Q&A: Roman Karmazin

By Alexey Sukachev

Right after his impressive performance against Brazilian Luiz Augusto Dos Santos in Chimkent, former world champion Roman Karmazin (now 39-3-1 with 25 KOs) spoke about the fight and about his future plans. Being ranked #5 by the IBF and #7 by the WBC and with the heat streak of notable wins Karmazin is looking for more opportunities in a talent-filled middleweight class.

- Tell us about the fight?  

- He was a tough guy. I felt immediately in the first round that he had one-punch power and I already knew he had about twenty kayos, so I tried to keep him off with the jab and then work my combinations in. In the fourth round, I wanted to show the fans a spectacular knockout but his corner just threw in the towel.    

- How does it feel to be back in Kazakhstan?  

- Wonderful. Kazakhstan has always meant special significance for me. It is great to see a lot of old friends who supported me when I was just starting off. Most Americans don’t know much about the actual country, but it is a very rich and cultural land and has always had a great boxing history. I am proud to be a part of what the Shumenovs are doing to advance the sport in Kazakhstan and all over the world.     

- Did you get a chance to see Beibut fight?  

- Yes of course. He was great. He is a great talent and what he is doing to these former champions is incredible. He is in a different class already. So many people in boxing don’t know what to look at in boxing. There are guys that are like 25-0 but have not fought anyone and then there are guys like Beibut, who is already one of the best fighters in the world and can challenge for a world title successfully very soon.   

- This was your third fight in less than five months, making you one of the busiest world class fighters in boxing. How do you feel about fighting so often?  

- I always want to fight often. I feel that is the best way to stay in top form and to let the fans follow your career. I am working hard on staying as busy as possible, fighting the best fighters out there, and winning another world title.     

- How do you feel about fighting in the middleweight division?  

- It feels great.  I had been fighting at 154lb for fifteen years since the age of 21 and it was getting more and more difficult for me to keep making the same weight. I could make the weight no problem but my body was reacting differently to the weight loss. I had trouble sleeping before the fight, I couldn’t maintain my strength, and I wasn’t bouncing back after the weigh in as usual. At 160 pounds, my training has improved because I am not training just to lose weight any more.   

- What are thoughts on the current champions in the weight class?  

- They all seem quite capable and talented. But it also seems like nobody cares about this weight division because the champions are not making meaningful defenses but keep fighting inferior challengers. I don’t know whether it’s the fighters, their promoters, or the sanctioning bodies in ranking some of these guys, but the champs in this division have been feeding on easy prey.  

- What’s next for Roman Karmazin in the ring?  

- I am planning to head to the United States soon to put in some training with Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym. Steve Bash is working on putting together my next fight as we speak. It will probably be in L.A., maybe in my hometown of Saint Petersburg. I heard there is a chance for a Bunema rematch. That would be great. And there could be a mandatory defense of my IBF intercontinental title. We shall see. Hopefully, a fight in the next two months and then a fight for the world title by the end of this year. I don’t see a more deserving name in the rankings than mine.

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