Under the eyes of Jean-Paul Belmondo, Souleymane Cissokho remained undefeated in Antibes. Winner by knockout in the fifth round of the Argentine Jose Carlos Paz. The Rio Olympics bronze medalist, one month after a fight at Madison Square Garden in New York, continues to climb the world super welterweight rankings. He welcomes it.
What do you remember from this victory, your ninth in the pros?
SOULEYMANE CISSOKHO. Work pays, quite simply. I am often accused of being too nice in the ring. I think I just showed it's changing. I was aggressive but measured. My coach, Virgil Hunter, is happy, I am too, the public also seems It gives some balm to the heart.
Who says you're too nice?
I hear it. This is my nature in general and I have to put it aside in the ring where we do not make gifts.
You did not seem to calculate?
I'm on my third year with the pros, there is still work but the job is starting to return. I feel it. It's moving forward and it's progressing well. The high level is a lot of work and sacrifices.
Did your opponent tell you anything at the end?
Yes. First, he is a customer since not long ago, he was in the ring in front of the current world champion in the category. In the end, he whispered in my ear: "You are the best against whom I have boxed, you are future number 1". Of course, it's nice to have the respect of his opponents. I will not be satisfied with this kind of compliment but it's nice.
That counts, the respect of his opponents?
It is important. Boxing is both a big and a small medium. Everything is fast. When an opponent tells you that you are on the right track, it's positive.
You seem to have changed your style?
I'm going to melee it's true. I have more confidence in myself, in my physical qualities. I also train with very good partners, which always makes progress.
You thought to win before the limit?
I had prepared for a fight in 10 rounds without getting mad or rushing into the body. That's what happened.
Ambition now, what is it?
Look for the title of European Champion of the category. If that can not be done, we will continue to grow.