Love (right) has previously spent time time in camp with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather (Photo courtesy of Team Love).
By John Archibald, Resolution Sports
Undefeated Middleweight Meeting Ramon Valenzuela on September 8th
After a short pushback of his bout with gritty Mexican Ramon Valenzuela, Jr. (7-1, 1 KO), which was originally scheduled for this past Friday night, undefeated Michigan middleweight J’Leon Love (12-0, 7 KOs) is finishing preparations for a new September 8th date in Las Vegas. The fight will now be conducted on the undercard of the IBF Welterweight Championship bout between titleholder Randall Bailey and challenger Devon Alexander, which is one of a handful of world championship fights on tap for an extremely busy day on the boxing circuit.
“Camp has been going great. We’ve been putting in full days of training, getting up at four o’clock in the morning and heading up Mount Charleston,” Love remarked. “We’ve been training at different altitudes and things like that, sometimes 5000 feet, sometimes 6000 feet. It depends on whatever schedule we have. I have a great strength and conditioning coach, Bob Ware, who is getting me into tremendous shape. The rest has been a regular camp – great sparring and just doing what we have to do.”
Heading into the bout with Valenzuela, Love has spent some time on breaking down his opponent, but he has made sure to focus most of his attention on improving aspects of his own game.
“We get different types of sparring, but I don’t really look at what a guy is good at doing,” he stated. “I want to control the fight. I’m ready for whatever. I can slip, I can roll, or I can adjust. That’s one thing about me. I can handle whatever he has. Let’s see what he can take from me, you know? That’s what we work on, but we don’t take anyone lightly. This guy is a fighter. I know him – Ramon Valenzuela – a tough Mexican fighter who comes from a boxing background. I’m sure he’s coming to fight. He’s coming off a knockout loss, and anybody who loses is coming back to seek revenge any way he can.”
That feeling of desperation after a defeat is something Love has never felt in his professional career, and he does not plan on that changing anytime in the near future.
“I’m not going to be the one to suffer the L,” he confirmed. “I’m just going to do what I have to do. I know how he fights. He’s a pressure fighter, and I’m sure he’s going to come forward to make it a good fight. That’s what we’re preparing for.”
Despite being from Michigan, Love has developed a nice following throughout the entire country, competing in nine different states over his first 12 professional bouts. One of the places that has taken a particularly keen liking to the young middleweight is on the West Coast, and Love expects that bond to grow even stronger on September 8th.
“The West Coast love is amazing,” he said. “It’s amazing to get love from anybody. To have a good following is a blessing. The game wouldn’t be the same without boxing fans. To get the love I’m getting from the West Coast is definitely a good thing to have, and I love every bit of it.”
And when the bell rings at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on September 8th, Love says that fans all across the nation can be certain of seeing him with his hand raised at the end of the night.
“Expect a good, solid victory, whether it comes in a knockout or a decision,” he predicted. “We don’t necessarily look for the knockout. Of course, it would be great, but we just want to showcase our talent and get that W. That’s what you can expect – getting that W for sure, and looking good doing it.”
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