I want to thank Golden Boy, Al Haymon and SHOWTIME for allowing me to be on this card. Like Eric said, it's an awesome card, and I'm ready to make a statement. This is a statement fight for me coming off of a loss. You know I don't like to lose. My whole career I've been a winner, and when I lose I come back even better. So, I'm looking forward to fighting on June 21and making a statement.
Devon, you lost your last fight and lost your title. You had one previous loss before that. How how hard is it to get over that?
Yes, it definitely wasn't my best performance. Like I've said in a recent interview, I took (Shawn) Porter lightly a little bit. I beat him when I was amateur and you know I had this hunch that this was going to be a cakewalk, and he surprised me a little bit and I didn't follow the game plan so you saw the result of that. You know every loss is a bad thing to me but that's over and done with. I'm moving on. This is the present, and it's about what I do in the present and what's going to count, and I'm looking forward to it June 21.
Do you feel like you're just maybe slightly overlooked at this point when you have a resume that's really second to none in that weight class, you know between 140 and 147, with those victories that you had?
Yes, for sure, I definitely feel that way a little bit. But the only way they're going to respect you is you continue to win. I know whom I've beaten, I know my potential and I know I'm going to be at the top of the game one of these days. I just got to continue to win, continue to listen to my corner and listen to Kevin; because that's the only way they're going to respect you. I have to go out there and look good doing it, and you know that's the only thing people want to see is a win and looking explosive doing it, and that's what I'm going to have to do. Like you said, my resume speaks for itself. You know I am a threat to anybody out there, and all I have to do is continue to win.
Is the blueprint from the Maidana fight the one that you want to fight Soto Karass with or is there some other thing that you look at when you see what he's done in his recent fights that make you think you have to do something different?
Well, every fighter is different and everybody has different styles. Styles make fights, and Soto Karass is a different fighter from Maidana; he's longer, he's rangier and he's going to come straight for it, kind of like Maidana. But he's a different angle, and I'm going to have to do something different this fight. You take bits and pieces from each fight and see what Soto Karass does and you capitalize on his mistakes, and that's what we plan on doing. I don't feel that I have to do anything special, just go out there and do what I normally do and be exciting and get the victory.