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HOLT READY TO DULL SHARPE
By Jesse Kelley
Detroit Lakes' Chris Holt (12-7) will travel to Winnipeg,
MB to battle Canadian Larry Sharpe (16-4) this Friday, January 26th. The
fight will be part of a boxing/mixed martial arts show at the Winnipeg
Holt is currently finishing up his studies to become a personal trainer
but says he just couldn't completely stay away from boxing, so he took
the fight with Sharpe.
MinnesotaBoxing.com ran into "The Incredible" Holt at the Uppercut
gym in Minneapolis as Holt was preparing for his upcoming fight. Here
is what Holt had to say about his meeting with Sharpe and the road ahead...
How long have you known about this fight? How much time
have you had to prepare?
I found out about this fight about a month and a half ago. I am pretty
busy with my life right now but I can't give up boxing all together right
Last time we talked you were going to school to be a
personal trainer, is that what is still keeping you busy?
Yeah I am still working on getting certified to be a personal trainer
so that has kept me in good physical shape. I started coming down to the
UpperCut gym to help Tony Bonsante get ready for his fight as well as
get myself ready for this fight so it kind of worked hand in hand.
Have you watched Larry Sharpe fight before?
I have seen Larry Sharpe fight one time in Thief River Falls. He is
ok, you know, I think that was more of an exhibition that he did that
night. But yeah I have seen him fight and he does have some skills. He
knows how to box. I don't want to take anything away from him.
You know your own strenghths. What do you think your
advantages are against Sharpe?
I am going to be stronger. I am in great shape. I think it is going
to be tough for him to match up with me strength for strength. When I
hit him, he is going to know that I am there. I am going to let him know
that. I think it is going to be a good fight. We match up well against
each other. He's had 20 fights, I have had 19 fights. He has fought some
great guys and I have fought some great guys. That is what makes this
fight that much more exciting.
You talked about this fight being on tv with me earlier.
Will the fight be available to us to watch here in Minnesota?
As far as I know, the fight will be televised nationally on Canadian
pay per view. I just love it because I get to travel to his hometown
and fight him in front of his friends and family. I checked out the
internet after his last fight and he seemed pretty cocky after that fight.
I am assuming he is going to bring that same kind of cockiness in there
with him. It doesn't bother me though because I just want to let him know
that if he is going to be cocky, then I will throw down with him.
It seems like I am asking you and all the other Middleweights
in Minnesota about fighting each other. I hope this questions isn't getting
old but with all the potential matchups for you in this state, are you
looking to fight the Kosts or Vandas, Kolles, any of them out there?
Maybe even try to get your state title back?
Possibly. Right now I just want to get through school. Of course when
that is all said and done I will be back! I will be back and ready to
throw down with anybody out there. Vanda, Kolle, Kost, I will be ready
to get busy with it.
How much longer do you have until you are done with school?
I will be done in April.