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Q&A: Andres Taylor

Interview by Kurt Wolfheimer

The Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown PA will be electric on Saturday night May 2nd as Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (7-0-1, 3KO’s) returns to his hometown to defend his WBF All Americas cruiserweight title against crafty Philadelphian Simon “One Punch” Carr (5-3-1, 3KO’s) in the action packed eight round main event of “FISTS OF THUNDER II!”

FightNews had the opportunity to speak with the former highly decorated amateur and rising cruiserweight prospect as he prepared for his big homecoming.

Andres how are you feeling as you prepare to defend your title on Saturday night?

I feel great. I just started to work with my new trainer Tommy Yankello about a month and a half ago. I am driving and hour and a half to his gym and getting really good work. We are taking it to the next level.

You are defending your belt on Saturday night against crafty Simon “One Punch” Carr. What are your thoughts on your opponent?

I have seen Simon fight on YouTube. He really talks a lot. His camp has been emailing my father in law, telling me to shine up my belt because they are coming up to take it. Also they said if I am crazy enough to sign the contract, they will be there to beat me. Well Simon, come Saturday night your mouth is not going to be throwing the punches. You are going to be punched in the mouth!

Who have you sparred with to prepare for your fight with Carr?

I have sparred several rounds with Brian “The Beast Minto and Rayco “War” Saunders and had even more sparring at Tommy Yankello’s gym, so I am definitely sharp and ready for Saturday night.

For those who will be seeing you for the first time, could you describe your amateur background?

Well, I took third in the Midwestern trials. I won the PA Golden Gloves. I won the Western trials and went to the US championships. I was ranked #3 in 2007. I fought with Team USA in Romania. I had thirty-two amateur fights and did all this in a matter of two years. If I had a long amateur career, can you imagine the fighter I would have been?

You are fighting in Johnstown, PA for the third time on Saturday night. How does it feel fighting in your hometown?

It feels great fighting at home, especially defending my WBF All Americas Cruiserweight title. We have the greatest fans in the world. There isn’t any show like the Johnstown shows. I have fought all over in the amateurs and the pros and I have never seen an atmosphere like the one at the Cambria War Memorial Arena in Johnstown. It is off the wall!

Any predictions on the fight?

I am looking for the fight to not even go five rounds. If he makes me a believer, then I am going to have to go in there and really do some work. Also, the Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao fight is on Saturday night, so I have to get this fight over early so my fans and I can go somewhere and watch the fight.

In closing, do you have anything to say to your fans about Saturday night’s fight?

It is going to a great card that will also feature Jesse Lubash (10-0, 6KO’s) and Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson (23-3, 17KO’s) in separate bouts. You do not want to miss this one! Do not miss this night!

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Starting at $22, tickets for “FISTS OF THUNDER II” can be purchased in advance at The Cambria County War Memorial Arena Box Office or by phone at 800-243-8499. They are also on sale locally at Giant Eagle Super Markets (Richland and West End) in Johnstown. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:00pm with the first bell at 7:30pm. The Cambria County War Memorial Arena is located at 326 Napoleon Street in Johnstown, PA. More information on the Cambria County War Memorial Arena can be viewed on their website at www.warmemorialarena.com


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