"Oh, yeah, I'm definitely ready to rock ‘n roll. Let's do it now. I'm really anxious to get in there and prove to a lot of people that I am one of the best."
"(We are) putting the finishing touches on camp. My weight is good and everything is running great. Camp is always a little different from fight to fight, but the regimen and the training are basically always the same."
"We know Bailey's style and what he brings to the table. If he thinks I am underestimating him, he hasn't been paying attention to the interviews. I never take any fighter lightly; I learned that in the amateurs. A man can beat anybody on a given night."
"This is going to be a tough fight. Anybody who has that kind of power is dangerous. I know I have to be prepared (for Bailey's right hand), but I'm not concerned about it. I do what I have to do. I just want to take control from the opening bell until the end."
"I love fighting at 147. It's awesome. I feel so much stronger and have so much more energy. I don't have to struggle as much and I don't have to worry about draining myself. I outgrew the 140-pound weight class. You definitely haven't seen the best of me at 147. There are a lot of action-packed opponents at 147. It's going to be interesting."
"I'm going to be versatile in this fight. I can come forward, box and use my power. I plan to do a lot of things. I don't think I have to prove anything. I just need to continue to win. People have always had high expectations of me since I started coming up as a prospect. It's strange how things go. People were highest on me at a time when I was having all the weight problems. Now, it is almost like starting over and I have to make my mark at 147."
"I won my first title on Showtime when I knocked out Junior Witter. It was on Showtime that I first made my mark. I hope to make a mark again. We definitely saw Bailey's fight against Jones. It's the reason we made the fight. Bailey is a suitable opponent. Jones fought scared the whole fight against him and it made for an ugly fight. Fighting scared against a guy who's throwing five to six punches a round? I'm just going to go to work and do what I do. I'm really looking forward to this fight.
"I really don't know why he's saying what he's saying. I haven't disrespected him. I haven't done anything to his family. This is the wrong sport in which to have a chip on your shoulder. You can't take it into the ring. You've got to have discipline. I guess he's angry about taking this fight or maybe he's trying to hype himself to fight. I don't care."
"I've never felt better and I'm ready to fight this guy right now. When I hit him right, it's going to be goodnight."
"We're starting to wind down a little. Training camp's been great. I'm a happy camper. I'm motivated and relaxed. Strength and conditioning, everything's gone smoothly. We've really been working it. I saw the tapes and know what I have to do. I never felt this good when I was at 140 pounds."
"My trainer, John David Jackson, was one of the best defensive southpaws in the game and he's got me slippin' and slidin' in the ring like I never have before. I've fought a rack of southpaws so it shouldn't be a problem. I fought three southpaws back-to-back-to-back (DeMarcus "Chop Chop'' Corley, Francisco Figueroa and Juan Urango) in late 2008 and 2009."
"Talk's cheap. I don't take things personally. I fight, that's what I do. I'm trying to tell you, this is perfect for me. I don't know what they're thinking in St. Louis, but it isn't going to be easy like they think."
"It's been such a long road, I really wanted to win a world title again. I went through a lot of nonsense and hardship for a long time. It was really frustrating. I hung around at 140 a lot longer than I wanted because I wanted a title shot, but I didn't argue when it never came. I just stayed steady, fought who they put in front of me and got the job done."
"I know I have to throw more punches and definitely be busier. He's going to require that. Alexander isn't nearly as tall as Jones, a big guy who uses his height well. I have what I have, the punching power to catch guys, and Jones left the door open for me. I knew I was losing the whole fight. My corner was cussing me out between every round to get busy, but I got the job done."
"No one gave me a chance against Jones and no one is giving me a chance again, but I'm prepared and I've done my homework. Devon is in for a rude awakening. He's smaller than me. If I have to walk him down and throw caution to the wind, I will. I won't wait to counter. They're saying he'll go to my body. If that's what they want, be my guest, but I'm not buying it. He won't stay in front of me. Just like Jones until he got caught, he won't want me to get close. I hit too hard and one punch is all it takes."
"I'm looking forward to an early birthday present. The odds will be against me, but I am going to knock out Alexander like I did Jones."
"Believe me, I jumped at this opportunity. When we were promoted by the same promoter years ago, I asked for the fight, but they said no. When this fight gets out of hand, I know Kevin's not going to let his kid get messed up. Any fight I'm in, if it gets rough, it gets rough, I'm not backing down. They've spoon-fed these guys to a world title, but he's running into a bad man. I'm going to bust his butt. Fight night can't come soon enough for me.''