The Fistic Mystic recently spoke with Raphael Butler:
Fistic Mystic: Raphael, your opponent for the June 20 fight is Eddie Chambers, whose style and characteristics are pretty well known. What do you think of Chambers as a fighter?
Raphael Butler: Chambers is a good fighter. I actually was pulling for him in his last fight.
FM: What do you expect to see from him in the ring?
RB: A lot of defense and trying to steal rounds. He is going to be throwing some fast punches but not a lot of them.
FM: Please tell me about your training and the leadup to this fight.
RB: I was training in Colorado Springs and in LA for this fight. Working really hard and doing things I had never done before, like the incline in Manitou Springs, which is a mile up a mountain and a three-mile trail down.
FM: Who have you been working with?
RB: The people I’ve sparred with for this fight are James Toney, Malik Scott, and Terry Smith, the best sparring I could ask for.
FM: How is your conditioning?
RB: I am in the best shape of my career right now. I’ve really pushed myself for this fight.
FM: What’s your plan for the Chambers fight?
RB: Just to do my thing and don’t let him try to steal the rounds at the end.
FM: Assuming you win, is there someone out there you would like next?
RB: I don’t like to call people out. And I trust the team I have behind me, so whoever they get for me, that’s who I will fight.
FM: Thanks for sharing your time with me. Good luck and God bless.