Why did you had such a long lay off?
- I was injured after my fight with Eduard Vartanyan and couldn't train for some time. I took care of the injury and started to do some light work. Then, when I felt that I was healthy, I got an opponent and the date. Now I'm getting ready for the fight and I'm feeling great. The whole training camp was in my hometown Omsk in "Storm" gym. The preparation is almost done, now it's all about staying sharp, making weight and getting mentally ready for the fight.
How important is this fight to you?
- I've seen all of Shamil's fights. He's undefeated prospect and I was in his shoes back in the day so I know how he feels. I'm taking all of my fights very seriously and especially now. I just can't lose, I lost my previous fight to Eduard Vartanyan so I’m working really hard for this fight. The most important thing at this point - is to be ready mentally and psychologically.
What advantages do you have going into this fight?
- I have more than 40 professional fights. My advantage is experience. His advantage is youth. Plus he's undefeated. Honestly, it doesn't matter who's more experienced fighter and who's a young prospect. In the end the hungrier and better prepared fighter is going to win. I'm coming for that victory. I'm sure we'll show exciting fight February 16th.