“Sparring with Floyd first gives you the drive to be great, and without a doubt motivates you to the highest level. Working with Floyd, it enhances your skills and makes you’re brain think much quicker in boxing sense, as well as bringing you’re confidence to another level…There are some legit fighters in this division and I know I can hold my own with any of them. There is nothing that impresses me about any of the fighters of this division, but I can say these guys are not at the top of the division for no reason, so you can’t look past any one of them,” stated promising middleweight J’Leon Love after speaking to FightHype.com’s Scott Smith regarding a number of issues as he looks to turn his enormous potential into world title glory in the near future. Check out what else J’Leon had to say!
SS: Firstly, thank you for taking the time for the interview, and congratulations on your latest victory. When are you expecting to return to the ring?
JLL: Thank you. We are looking to to get back to action in January.
SS: Any names mentioned for your next bout?
JLL: No names were mentioned as of right now.
SS: 2012 has been an active year for you with 5 fights up to now. Is 2013 going to be similar or are you looking to step up in opponents and target your first 12-rounders?
JLL: 2013 is definitely going to be my breakout year, meaning stepping up in opponents. 10-12 rounders will be the next move come 2013.
SS: You have an Impressive record now (14-0). How soon do you anticipate being in the world title picture?
JLL: It’s all up to my team, Al Haymon and Mayweather promotions. I definitely think I’m knocking right at the front door. If I keep putting on impressive performances and keep showing the world I’m a serious contender, it will come before I know it.
SS: What I have been impressed with in your pro career so far is not only your quick foot and hand speed, but your ring intelligence and decision-making in the ring. It seems as if you have been a pro for 40-50 fights. Is that something your team has worked hard with you on or is it an ability you have always possessed?
JLL: I appreciate that. It just comes from years of being in the game and sparring professionals since I was a kid. We also work on the majority of the things I display inside that ring. I’m young and still have so much room to improve and grow, so working on my mistakes is the key.
SS: Working with a great businessman like Al Haymon is an opportunity you must cherish. Explain what makes Al so good at what he does in your experiences with him?
JLL: Al Haymon is incredible, as well as the staff that works with him. I mean, I have many stablemates that are on the rise and others that are at the top of the sport of boxing who are guided by Al. What makes him so great at what he does I think is his business sense and savvy . He definitely appreciates his fighters and works very hard to get them to the top.
SS: Has the option been discussed to be chief support on Floyd’s next fight, if or when he returns to the ring?
JLL: No, I’m not even sure when Floyd is fighting next. I guess that would also depends on who he fights next determining if I would be used for sparring or not.
SS: I saw your interview earlier this year with my man Percy regarding working with Floyd. The benefits of working with the best in the world must be phenomenal. What has working with Floyd Mayweather taught you?
JLL: Sparring with Floyd first gives you the drive to be great, and without a doubt motivates you to the highest level. Working with Floyd, it enhances your skills and makes you’re brain think much quicker in boxing sense, as well as bringing you’re confidence to another level.
SS: You have been doing a bit of work with Roger as well, a man who maybe does not get enough credit for the achievements of Floyd. What is so special about Roger and his training methods?
JLL: Roger is a beast and his pad work is really effective. Working with Roger has helped my defense, also my accuracy, and keeps my hands busy. He doesn’t get a lot of credit, but he is another world-class trainer that knows how to get the job done.
SS: How is life for you now that you have moved to Vegas? Have all these casinos and parties with Floyd helped (laughing).
JLL: I’m not into the casinos and stuff like that. I mean, I have fun and enjoy myself, but gambling and hitting clubs and stuff every weekend isn’t my type of thing. Paintballing, Go Kart racing, going to the amusement parks, and things like that are more of my style. I know how to have fun, and don’t get me wrong, I step out from time to time when family and friends come to Vegas and visit me, but normally, I’ll pick a movie and bowling over the club.
SS: What adjustments have you had to make in order to get the best out of the training at the Mayweather Boxing Club?
JLL: I have always been a hard worker, but now I have a full team. All focus is on me and when camp is in motion, we take training to another level. We also disect my game and correct the mistakes I make, so these are the adjustments that have been made.
SS: What do you make of the Middleweight division at the moment. Anybody that particularly impresses you?
JLL: There are some legit fighters in this division and I know I can hold my own with any of them. There is nothing that impresses me about any of the fighters of this division, but I can say these guys are not at the top of the division for no reason, so you can’t look past any one of them.
SS: What did you make of the Chavez Jr. and Martinez fight?
JLL: I thought that Martinez would beat Chavez. I didn’t know he would dominate every area of the fight except the last round like he did. Look, Chavez needed a reality check anyway. I mean, he obviously didn’t take the fight serious. Not to mention, he tested positive for drugs in his system. That tells you right there the kid was just going to get a check. I watched the 24/7 episode where he had Freddie Roach in the gym waiting to train and he didn’t show up. I know so many fighters that would have wished to be in Chavez’s shoes during that time and he blew the opportunity, which is ridiculous.
SS: Seeing Chavez Jr.’s poor performance against Martinez, a slick fighter with good hand speed and good defense, similar to yourself, would be a big fight, especially with your growing reputation and his big Mexican following. You must really see a big opportunity there to take him out.
JLL: Most definitely. As I get to the 12-round fights, which will be in a few more fights, I will be more than ready for a fight with Chavez. I will be more than ready for anybody in this division. I’m chasing everyone. I’m young and hungry and I’m definitely ready to take over this division.
SS: Any of the top guys out there at the moment that you are specifically targeting in the next 12 months?
JLL: No specific fighter; just whoever I get to first.
SS: Growing up, who was your boxing idol?
JLL: Marvin Hagler and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
SS: Did you model your style on any of your idols when starting out in boxing, or choose a style that worked for you?
JLL: No, I sure didn’t. I have my own style and just added some different things that I saw fighters like my idols doing.
SS: Just to finish off, is there anything you wish to say to the fans or any fighters out there?
JLL: First, I want to thank FightHype and all the readers. I also want to thank all the boxing fans and the fans that follow my career. I appreciate you and I’m looking forward to becoming you’re world champion. I’m blessed to have such great supporters here in the U.S. as well as the U.K. and everywhere else around the world. Follow me on twitter @2012jlove and thanks for following my journey. To all the fighters out there grinding to be the best, keep God first because none of this is possible without him. To all the fighters in the middleweight division, sleep with one eye open because I will sneak up on you. Boooo! (Laughing)
SS: Appreciate the time and wish you all the best for the future.
JLL: Thank you.
Below you can check out a few videos of J’Leon in action as he has racked up an impressive 14-0 record in his professional career.
KNOCKOUT VICTORY OVER RUFUS DEFIBAUGH
SPARRING AT MAYWEATHER BOXING CLUB
PADWORK WITH ROGER MAYWEATHER AND ROGER’S THOUGHTS