"Gaponov comes from a good team and although his record is small, he is still a very talented fighter. Nikolay looks like he has good stand up. In my whole career only one guy ever tried his luck on the feet and that was Makashvili for one round. Nikolay has a choice. He can test himself and give the crowd a show and who knows we might gave a good fight. Or Gaponov can come with a game plan and pray it doesn’t go wrong, if it does I will drop him.
I am very big and very strong, and I can fight in all areas. Even at 70kg I will be 80kg on the night. I am a master of weight management. Gaponov may think he’s strong but I am stronger, bigger, faster, and absolutely deadly".