Kaleb Harris clashes with Harris Stephenson at BKFC 30 on October 1st.
Harris once again was a guest on Bowks Talking Bouts and we covered a lot of territory during this chat. Excerpts from our conversation are below.
This being a redemptive rematch for Harris after losing via SD to Harris Stephenson at BKFC 5
“I’m always excited to get a rematch in with anybody that I’ve fought with before. Especially on a split decision loss. I mean I’m one of the only BKFC fighters that’s never been finished, period. If you’ve beat me, it’s only because you came out by the skin of your teeth.”
“Or in the one instance with Jim Alers, a majority decision. Where one of the judges even ruled that we tied. In that case, I think it was only because in one of the rounds I got dropped and they probably gave him a 10-8 round that fight. But I’m just excited to showcase how much I’ve changed since that first fight.”
How Harris Stephenson has changed since their first fight
“Honestly and I don’t mean any disrespect to Harris by this. I’ve cheered for him when he fought Kenny (Licea) and Melvin (Guillard) but I didn’t really pay much attention. Because generally on those two nights, I was fighting as well. So I wasn’t focused on future prospects of fighting. I was focused on that moment. So I’ve really just been focusing on perfecting my craft this camp instead of really focusing on what he’s going to bring to the table.”
The shifts in the welterweight landscape and if a statement win could garner him another title shot
“I mean if that’s the case, fine. I’ve told David Feldman that if I’ve got to work my way back up the ladder from step one, I’ll fight five guys back to back to get back to that title. Don’t know who this Wade Johnson guy is. I would assume that Elvin (Brito) was number two and (Luis) Palomino was number one. Don’t see how you can outrank somebody who you either haven’t fought or hasn’t had nearly as many fights as I have.”
“But like I said, I don’t really pay attention to the competition until they’re standing in front of me. That’s just because it’s like trying to talk with your wife about what you want to eat. If you’re not hungry, there’s no point in worrying about what you’re going to eat later. You’ll figure it out whenever it’s time to eat. So whenever they give me an opponent, that’s when I start worrying about that person. Until then, I don’t know these guys.”
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