TOLD TO ROBERT RIGER
"The most important thing you can't get any picture of, because the most important thing for me is my mental attitude."
"I'd say he was a coy fighter.... He would do anything not to get hit."
"I think Johansson is strictly a counterpuncher.... He doesn't take chances. He lets you come first."
"What I'm banking on in this next fight, is that he will be overconfident, that he will come out and box with me."
"What you have to understand is that [in the last fight] I had no respect for Johansson at all. This was the trouble."
"I would say Ingemar's jab doesn't have real power.... It doesn't annoy you much."
"When you're fighting Johansson it wouldn't do you much good to slip his jab because he's always moving back."
"I never saw anyone carry the right hand the way he does. He carries it like he got diamonds in it."
"If I lose then I still will have the most thrilling thing of all—the money."