8th July, 2011
Â Thirty-one-year-old Nigerian British-born cruiserweight contender, Ola Afolabi, scored a stunning first round KO over the usually durable Terry Dunstan on the Klitschko-Haye under-card last weekend, arguably stealing some of the thunder from the main event. Now 17-2-3(8), the man known as â€œKryptoniteâ€ told James Slater of eastsideboxingscene.com that he is a changed man; no longer content to be â€œlazyâ€ in fights. Looking ahead to a big fight with the likes of Marco Huck (in a rematch) or Denis Lebedev, Afolabi plans to stay busy and stay busy scoring highlight reel KOâ€™s
Congratulations on the win over Terry Dunstan last Saturday. That was a brutal KO; were you surprised that you got him out so quickly?
Well, I trained hard for the fight, and my mindset was, I had to beat him in impressive style. If I lost, it would have been terrible. If Iâ€™d won but not looked good, that wouldnâ€™t have been enough either. I wanted to look impressive.
Did you know much about Dunstan coming in? Heâ€™s never been destroyed like that.
I heard his name, and I went straight away and googled him when I knew I was fighting him. I was supposed to fight another guy in an eliminator, a shorter guy. Then I heard I was fighting a guy who was 6â€™4.â€
How impressive do you feel the Dunstan KO was, compared to your equally stunning KO of Enzo Maccarinelli?
I was even more pleased and impressed with this one. The reason is, I got the win in the first round, and against Enzo I was a lazy fighter.This one was better because it was a cleaner punch.
You feel you are hitting harder now, more so than ever before?
Absolutely. Ever since Iâ€™ve been trained by Fritz Sdunek, who is also Klitschkoâ€™s trainer, Iâ€™ve been working on my strength and conditioning, and Iâ€™ve stopped like three or four guys. Iâ€™ve improved my power and Iâ€™m not the lazy fighter I used to be.
Who would you like next – if you could get anyone?
If I could choose, Iâ€™d pick Marco Huck. Because I think that if that fight in December 2009 had been in the U.S, Iâ€™d have had a good chance of winning. He missed a lot, but the crowd went nuts whenever he threw three or four punches but only landed one. I had him hurt, but I was too lazy to go for it, I was scared of getting tired. But that was the old Ola – the new Ola would have taken him out. If I canâ€™t get Huck, Iâ€™d like Denis Lebedev. Iâ€™m 31, and if Iâ€™m gonna win the big fights I have to do it now; take them now.
Do you feel you are at your peak right now?
I feel like Iâ€™ve just started boxing, actually. For the first time I have time to train, time to prepare. For the first time I know what it feels like to never get out of shape.
Just talking about the main event of last Saturday’s bout.
You want my opinion on it? I think, and a lot of British said it to me on the night after the fight that Haye sold out. He did. He has this excuse, but excuses are like a holes; we all have one. He bamboozled people into believing he had a chance; he bamboozled his U.K fans. But then again, the real fans, the knowledgeable fans, they knew he had no chance and they said so.
I got a lot of hate on my Facebook page because I said what I thought would happen, but he got his ass whupped. He came in at like 211-pounds, he had no chance; he fought like he just didnâ€™t want to get KOâ€™d. He never wanted to become known as, and called, Wladimirâ€™s 50th KO victim. And the excuse he has!