One On One With Arash Usmanee
By Jeff Emond Jeffrey
Jeff Emond Jeffrey: Good morning Arash ! Is it OK with you
if we talk about your career?
Arash Usmanee : I would love too, no problem!
JEJ: Letís go back to the beginning. How did you start in
AU: When I was 9 or 10 years old, I was in a gym class in
school and a guy came in with blood stains on his sparring
shirts. I was intrigued, Where did he get that? In a fight
sure, but where? So I asked him and he explained to me he
was a boxer. It got my attention, and I heard the gym was
pretty close to school. So this is where I started, I went
on to win many amateurs fights and won a tournament in Red
JEJ: You moved to Montreal, Quebec recently. Thereís a lot
of boxing fans around here. What do you think about this
AU: I moved in June 2010. This is my new home and I love it.
Boxing is very much alive in Montreal!
JEJ: Whoís your trainer for you fight against Aldo Valtierra
AU: Marc Ramsay trained me at first, but Daniel Trťpanier
has taken over my career now
JEJ: What do you have to say about your next opponent?
AU: This is boxing! Itís a tough sport, nothing is easy.
Valtierra has a lot of experiences. But the win should be
JEJ: Did you plan a knockout victory?
AU: I always try to go for the knockout! I will fight on
natural instinct and if it comes, good for me! I want to
look flawless and show my skills, this is very important to
JEJ: After Friday nightís fight, your next bout will be
against Alejandro Barrera on May 14 in Red Deer, Alberta.
How do you feel about fighting in your hometown?
AU: Iíve been waiting for this for years! Even in my amateur
days, I only fought once or twice in Red Deer. This is where
I grew up and I started boxing. I canít wait! And it will be
a bigger fight with Barrera, who is a pretty good fighter
himself; it will be a huge step up for me. But Iíll remain
focused for Valtierra.
JEJ: Thank you Arash for your time!
AU: My pleasure!