FF: Do feel you have an advantage having competed under the American rules for so long?
RJ: Definitely, I don't feel it's the differences in styles but the experience level. The experience is definitely in my corner for this fight. He has the youth in his corner, but he doesn't have the 81 kickboxing matches I've had under my belt. And my only losses were to world champions in sanctioned championship bouts and I've never been knocked out in my career or badly injured. All my losses were to decision, So if a world champion can't knock me out, he definitely won't
FF: How do you feel about your opponent?
RJ: He is a tough little guy, I won't underestimate him. He's been training in Slidell with some good guys, but it doesn't matter to me, I taught him a majority of what he knows, and I have some nice tricks for him.
FF: What are you expecting?
RJ: I'm not sure what he's going to do, but I have been going through strategies, and I have a game plan for anything. He can come at me with anything I am ready for him. I taught him a majority of what he knows, so I know what he is thinking. He is getting in way over his head! He wants to get in the ring with a veteran like myself after only 4 amateur bouts and it's a big mistake. I believe he feels my age is a weakness, but I will show him what the heart of a veteran is all about. He knows I had surgery on my knee and I believe he will try to take my legs out.
FF: Do you feel transitioning from American rules to Muay Thai rules will be a problem?
RJ: I haven't met a man yet I can't kick in the head. I will snap his legs like a tooth pick! I'm not sure he realizes the power I possess. We sparred many times when he trained with me and I never abuse my students. When I heard what he was saying I felt differently about him. He believes the match will be much like the sparring we used to do, but this time I'm not holding back. This is my life, this what I've chosen to do and this is how I pay my bills! Once I get in the ring Saturday its all business!