By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
With just days before Saturday’s HBO televised match-up between WBC champion Jean Pascal and light-heavyweight kingpin Chad Dawson, Fightnews caught up with Pascal’s trainer Marc Ramsay who has been racking the frequent flyer miles as he has brought his fighter to three different locales trying to obtain elite status for his man in a showdown that pits two of the division’s best against each other. Ramsay described camp as “great,” saying good doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Fightnews: Tell me about the decision about taking training camp on the road and travelling to Columbia and the Dominican Republic.
Ramsay: First of all, for us, it’s always been the same; we have a lot of connections over there. We always have, me (and fellow trainer) Pedro Diaz, I was national amateur trainer for Canada and he was national trainer for Cuba; we have a lot of connections in Columbia and Dominican Republic and for us that just makes it easy to organize things and it makes things easier for Jean to focus and what he has to do.
Fightnews: You told me that camp was great, what made it so good?
Ramsay: We began as a transitional camp in the Dominican Republic. We just worked on general physical preparation. After that we went to Bogota which is one of the highest cities in the world and we went there for high altitude training camp with Pedro Diaz and a lot of people who are specialists in that type of training. It was specific physical preparation. Then it was off to Miami for specific technique and tactical training program and we finished it up here in Montreal.
Fightnews: Jumping to fight night, what is that you think Jean can do that 29 opponents before him couldn’t, hang a loss on Dawson’s perfect 29-0 record?
Ramsay: For that I’m going to tell people to tune in to HBO, because I’m not going to tell you today. We have our plan and Dawson is an amazing fighter and Jean is an amazing fighter also. Every fighter has their weaknesses and strong points. Dawson, even though he hasn’t lost, he has weaknesses also. If you look at the last couple of fights, you can see it and it very clear and we’re going to abuse that element the night of the fight.
Fightnews: So you have watched a lot of tape and there are things you feel you can exploit Saturday night.
Ramsay: We are sure about it. It is something others have exploited but didn’t finish the job, but we’re going to do it.
Fightnews: Even though he’s undefeated, he has been knocked down before, anything you plan on exploiting there?
Ramsay: He’s been knocked down by Adamek, he was knocked down by Willie Lee at the beginning of his career and also by Eric Harding, there are also several times he has been shaken up in his career. If you look at the way the knockdowns came, it was always the same situation in the ring. We just have to produce that same situation again and we’re going to make sure he’s not going to come back up from that knockdown.
Fightnews: Do you feel you’re bringing in an element into the fight that Dawson has not been up against before, that being speed. His last four fights have been against two guys pushing forty who are great boxers but may not have the speed that Jean does.
Ramsay: I think he might under-estimate the speed of Jean but we’ll see the night of the fight. Johnson was an amazing fighter even if he was old, same thing with Tarver, a very good veteran, but I think we bring something new to the table and we’ll see how he is able to deal with that.
Fightnews: I know you can’t bank on Dawson getting knocked down, but do you feel that it will be a likely occurrence?
Ramsay: I’m pretty sure at some point in the fight it’s going to happen for sure.
Fightnews: If that’s the case, you have to like Jean’s ability to close the show.
Ramsay: Exactly. It’s part of our strategy, at some point in the fight, we know that situation is going to happen.
Fightnews: Thanks very much.
Ramsay: No problem