Kayode: "There Is No Way He Can
By Barbara Pinnella
This Saturday night the
event ďFour WarnedĒ will take place at the Home Depot
Center in Carson, CA and four fights will also be
televised on Showtime. The main event for the broadcast
will be the fight between a man who is both a fighter,
as well as a boxing announcer for Showtime, Antonio
Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) and the unbeaten Lateef Kayode
(18-0, 14 KOs).
At the Tarver / Kayode press conference back in April,
the generally mild-mannered Lateef came out loudly, as
he verbally attacked Tarver. He was tired of criticisms
that he feels Antonio throws at him every time he
announces one of his fights.
We had an opportunity to speak with Lateef at the media
workout at Wild Card recently. When asked first about
his attitude towards Tarver, Kayode said, ďThatís not
me. I never talk like that, cuss like that. But I get
mad. He never gives me credit for anything. All he does
is say, I do this wrong, and I do that wrong. He never
says a good thing, only bad.
ďI have something to prove,Ē he told us. ďThey donít
think I belong, that Iím not good enough. I want to show
him (Tarver) that I am good. Iím gonna knock him out! On
June 2 Iím gonna show him.Ē
As emotional as Lateef was, and still seems to be, we
questioned whether or not he would be able to control
his emotions once he stood across the ring from Tarver.
ďEmotions for the conference and emotions for the fight
are different. You can use them to channel you in the
As any fighter, Kayode has a plan in his head as to how
the fight will go. We wondered if he was looking for a
ďNo,Ē he responded. ďIím
not looking for a knockout. The reason that I say I will
get the knockout is because Iím in the best shape of my
life. Iím very strong and I donít feel he can be in
shape like me. So whatís he gonna do?
ďI have been in camp a long time. We started early for
this fight. By the time the fight comes it will be three
months. There is nothing he can do to hurt me. Iím not
gonna lose this fight. Iíve had a strength coach for
about three months now. Iím training good, Iím in good
condition, everythingís going well.Ē
When it was mentioned that he looked to be in good shape
at the conference several weeks ago, he replied, ďThatís
nothing! Iím better now. Look at him! Look at me! Weíre
both smart, but I have more motivation. There is no way
he can scare me. And I have nothing to lose. If I lose
the fight Ė I wonít, but if I lose the fight, I got to
Kayode is very aware of all that he has given up to get
where he is today. And he is more than ready for this
opportunity to up his stock. He is confident but not
cocky, just ready to prove once and for all that he
deserves respect, and keep that unbeaten record intact
while heís at it.
Donít miss the fights this Saturday night. Tickets can
be purchased through AXS.com or by calling 888.929.7849.
You may also go through the Home Depot Box Office. The
tickets range from $50 to $200. If you canít be there in
person, check out Showtime for all the action, 9:00
Eastern, 6:00 Pacific time. Also on the television card
is Winky Wright facing Peter Quillin, Austin Trout
against Delvin Rodriguez, and Leo Santa Cruz matches
wits with Vusi Malinga.
And two more things before this is finished. The first
sends thoughts and prayers to Paul Williams following
his tragic motorcycle accident. Secondly, R.I.P., Johnny
Tapia. This has definitely been a sad week for boxing.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,