AIR DATE: May 10 2022 17:20UTC
EPISODE: Episode 26
Kareem Hackett Live Interview | Knuckle Up with Mike and Cedric | Talkin Fight
Mike is joined by Kareem Hackett (9-0-0, 5 KO’s) is a Pro Boxer out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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[, Music ]: what up talking fight fans thanks for tuning in to today’s episode of knuckle up special episode with kareem hackett, live in the studio today, kareem thanks for joining us thanks for coming out, you’ve been up to a lot of stuff since the last time We talked and uh yeah man.
I can’t wait to.
I can’t wait to chop it up with you right now and find out what’s going on new in your life man, so tell all the fans.
What’S up yeah man um thanks for having me again, yeah man, um yeah, we was getting ready for uh.
This golden boy card will be like my first, my my golden boy debut on saturday, first first toronto, boy on a golden boy, promotion card, correct yeah! That’S awesome this one doing a big for the six man doing it big for the six um you recently uh signed a signed contract with split t, correct, no um, it’s worth three three free point: management, yeah yeah, so uh yeah run us through that run us Through uh [, Music, ], yeah man, so um, i was uh that that that actually came about through um working with zerto, with uh zerto ramirez yeah who’s, um headlining, the card on on saturday and um yeah man.
We started sparring together, like a while back and um.
We actually had the same trainer uh julian schuler, okay, so um we just we.
We just got cool, been working together and he put me he put me in uh in touch with the with the 3 p.
Guys, and was it was just you know, telling them to check me out and they did and um yeah man.
We we signed the deal now we get into it.
Actually, it looks like they’re doing justice for you already man putting you on this card.
Do you know who who who would be fighting this weekend? Actually i i just found out yesterday because uh i had like three or four opponents drop out so um yeah yeah.
I i was supposed to fight um there.
There was a few of a few good fights, i i could add, but um yeah, which rabbits are going to sleep, is a real question really for sure for sure.
The first round, like i’m, not i’m gon na, take my time to enjoy the show yeah uh.
I enjoy being there but um after that.
We we getting them out.
Man, i’m gon na go yeah, no, no working overtime, this time right, yeah, yeah, no, no over time, right now so um.
So when did uh, i guess you were in camp.
How long are you in camp for this fight coming up um about about like five weeks for this one, so yeah? We just fought in texas, not too long ago in like february, right um, that was a good fight against um like a super experienced guy.
He uh he had um [ Music ] wbc international.
He had uh um north american um and um yeah man.
That was that was a good fight that one eight rounds um.
But this this one’s scheduled for six.
But i promise that’s not going more than three bro yo.
You heard it here.
Man put your money on it.
Folks put your money on more than three, so i guess you know um right now, you’ve been listed as fighting uh, jose jose obando yeah josoy, orlando yeah yeah.
So i guess well, he’s he’s got a record right now of 20 33 and two definitely uh.
Definitely, i guess it’s, i guess it’s supposed to be a test for you, but let’s be real man you’re the supreme you’re, the supreme man, it’s more of a showcase than a test right.
It’S gon na be yeah it’ll, be like a little trailer of what’s to come, [ Laughter, ], that’s awesome! I’M excited man.
I’M super excited.
I can’t wait to see you get back in there and rip it up.
Do what you do best man? That’S knocking people out, absolutely yeah! So um.
Where do you live where you living these days? Um i’ve been training, so we train at brickhouse boxing club in north hollywood and i’m okay, so i’ve just been staying in the area.
Staying close to the gym, um man, i’m pretty much there all day, every day, man, if i’m not there, i’m like i’m like a block or two excellent, so just limit it.
There’S cedric cedric thanks for joining us.
How are you doing champ? What up? What up cedric? What up? What up you? Good, yeah man? That’S we’ll just discuss it! We’Re just discussing uh his new managerial contract uh.
He just signed with uh three-point management and uh yeah man.
He’S he’s set the set for a six-rounder on saturday and then first toronto boy on a golden boy promotions card, super stoked for that man and uh yeah he’s saying it’s not going more than three rounds: okay! Okay, that’s what i like to hear so i like to hear uh.
I know you probably went through it already, but um just for for the people that don’t know just quickly to go through how you got to your your ascension so quickly like how much of an amateur career did you have before you like.
Had the confidence just just to go pro right, okay, so in the amateurs i i was about like like 40 and five um, but also too, i was doing multiple martial arts.
Like i came from um um, i i was training in mississauga.
Actually, a gym called combat arts training academy, even though i was a boxing fan like boxing was always my main thing i always loved like i love all the martial arts, so i was there doing like judo.
I was there doing jiu jitsu, i was there doing like wrestling.
Jeet kune do survive.
I was doing all that, but, like boxing was, my first was like my first love.
My boxing is my love.
You know what i mean, but then yeah.
I had that.
Little little infatuation with with all the different martial arts, so um in my amateur career yeah, i was saying i went um about like 45, but um.
I also i also fought um like muay thai and k1, who was yeah you’re more experienced than your record.
Your like your record, would actually show just from all the other yeah yeah, absolutely yeah, nice, nice, nice, nice go ahead mike matter of fact, i used to get in trouble for that, but this was like ahead of so like when i was a novice um like I remember i remember um, i did like a novice tournament and i think it was in st catharines and and um.
I was beaming these kids up bro.
This was back when the scoring wasn’t um 10-9.
In the amateurs like they gave you a point for every score landed and like my fight was like.
It was like, like 20, something to like one or two points and then and then they they.
But i was different because i was using my feet right, like most of most, the people in the amateurs are thinking about like power and accuracy and like for me.
I know not not accuracy like power and like, like devastating punches, like thinking like brawling type of style right, whereas for me, like, i, was a big um, hexa camacho fan, you know what i mean.
We were big on footwork and angles and like just finesse and like being like a matador in there right, so i was just i was just spinning these guys around and just bopping them running them into shots running the shots, turning them right turn them left like So it was different and they were like oh you’re more experienced.
Then then you let on that wasn’t true, because the the forum asked you for all your striking fight experience right, yeah and i put that all i put it all down, but they they said they said i was.
I was lying and i was like what am i supposed to include like grappling like: don’t even make no sense: yeah yeah, yeah yeah, you know what i mean yo i got ta ask you kareem um sparring sparring bible.
How was that oh yeah yeah we had about two or three training camps together, nice yeah, very awesome.
That’S the mysterious experience right there, especially from what he did last weekend.
That’S the experience that uh, you know not too many people get bro.
I was only i called it.
I called i called exactly what happened.
I was the only one everyone else was saying.
Like canelo stop ass! No, hey, listen! Ask mike.
I said before the fight.
I was calling viv all by.
I said i said split decision.
He went unanimous, i called split decisions.
I called unanimous decision with a high chance of robbery just knowing how [ Laughter ].
I love that one yeah yeah, but i just knew i just knew i just knew canelo had trouble with boxers and like canelo, doesn’t necessarily cut off the ring.
You know or not as good as someone like, like not good enough to to make someone with bible.
Like bill, who has good footwork gets stuck, you know what i’m saying so like i knew canelo was going to get caught coming in, he was going to get caught going out and he wasn’t going to be able to pin bibble down unless bible wanted to fight Their toe toe you know, but but at the end of the day, just looking at skills and physique strength and speed like that was bible’s choice.
You know, as as he showed in the fight yeah it wasn’t just you know.
A lot of people were saying it was just because he was bigger, i don’t it wasn’t just because he was bigger, like he was using skills, and you know, like i said and, and you could tell by canelo’s body language like when he when he backed up And was just telling him to come forward like he hasn’t had that body, that type of body language since mayweather school didn’t like that pure frustration, exactly yeah yeah, so he showed it there and bibball.
That’S why i like listening to the post fight press conference, because he said something interesting like he was talking about canelo’s power.
How he’s like yeah, i felt his power, but it wasn’t natural power.
It was like he was doing his best to throw as hard as he could every punch, but it wasn’t like natural light heavyweight power.
So he’s like i just yeah, and just because he’s not you know at the end of the day the man is heavyweight.
You know and like if you really want to look at it for for me, i had a hard time even making my opinion, because i’m not making any patient.
But if you look at history right, nobody goes up that many weight classes with and gains power going up.
You know it just doesn’t happen so just because you know he got caught, you know eating whatever you know tainted tacos whatever.
I thought the drug used like like, like the the bees, might might uh play like a wild card on how the fight will go.
But i was like honestly at the end of the day, using pure logic, knowing skills knowing physique and word weight, class and stuff.
Like i knew bill was gon na be dominant, so yeah.
What else has been going on in your life? Green, anything else, new that uh that we could discuss um.
Since i know at 3 pm, you know what we have a good camp, where we are man at brickhouse boxing club, a really good grandpa like since last time we spoke um we’ve had the the benavidez brothers at the gym as well and um.
That was that was a good time too, because we were having like zerto david benevides and the sparring sessions you know wow.
I would love to watch that sparring yeah man and it is rare to have that much in one rotation: where’s your gym located again: uh north hollywood, california, so yeah, that’s good experience me and zerto always you know.
We’Ve been training together for years now, so um and anytime.
We could link up.
That’S always good, too excellent.
Actually, yeah man he’s still he’s still rocking that undefeated.
Isn’T he yeah yeah yeah yeah.
I think um this weekend he’s going for number 44.
That’S gon na be huge.
He’S gon na be huge he’s on this weekend too.
Eh nice, nice yeah.
For a long time too, yeah i’d like to see that i’d like to see that one right have you got a chat.
Have you gone? Oh, go ahead.
Yeah! I actually think he’s mandatory for wba.
That’S looking more and more likely, depending on what canelo wants to do with the rematch yeah, because canelo yeah canelo’s in a little predicament himself, because he has a rematch clause, whether that does he actually want that rematch they’ve all said: he’ll go down to 168 tuesday I’Ll come down to your way and take your belts too, and you will yeah yeah so completely out boxed him man, he completely outboxed him.
It was no fluke he’ll.
Do it again.
Definitely you’re gon na come in from mine and beat everyone and get all to get all the belts right, yeah, one spoon exactly so kareem.
What’S up? What’S you have any plans uh for after this fight you plan on getting in the ring a couple more times.
This year right, yeah man um.
I wan na fight another three times this year after this, so i’m thinking like, hopefully you know i want to get like a regional title.
Soon, yeah um there was actually a local fight.
So, okay, so you see how you see how um there’s like a toronto circuit.
That’S that’s coming up, but it hasn’t reached like the international stage right, which is why i left to come here because, like i was, you know, we’re gon na we’re gon na go out and get these international mix-ups and and get that toronto race from the higher Level right because um, we all know we got talent where we’re from right, yeah, yeah, so yeah, so anyways, um um.
If you see on bot, there was like the one there’s like there’s three fears: undefeated light heavyweight roughly around the same uh man experience.
So that’s me um terry osceous from montreal.
I think, he’s 11-0 or 10-0, something like that um, i’m 9-0, going on ten and um and then nick franta that went on to 11-0 right so before before.
Getting to this stage, i wanted to just clean up shop and and get rid of both of them and um.
I called their guys to make those fights and none of them didn’t want it.
You know so i’m trying to see if we could do it again, make it a little more interesting right, um.
I know i know ring city wants that fight um and they want to put that on nbc.
So maybe that might entice um, nick or terry to take that fight, but i’ll smoke both of them on the same night on tv, if i can yeah boy, okay, yeah man, yo trust me yeah, you will yeah, you agree with your killer.
Man won’t even be close, but anyways um.
That being said, um we got.
We got josue obando to take care of on golden boy on on saturday and then after that, um we’re looking to you know, get get on cable next fight.
You know this fight’s gon na be on the prelims, so this one’s gon na be streamed on youtube yeah, but um after that man, i’m looking to get get on on cable, next fight, whether it’s ring city, whether it’s golden boy, the zone, whatever um you know, Hopefully, hopefully, hopefully i can make we can make that fight um.
I heard terry got cancer.
Actually so um wishing him a safe recovery, you know yeah for sure, but um that leaves one other dude, that’s from the same city as me, and there’s no question as to who’s the best light heavyweight in canada.
So i want to see him before moving on, but if you don’t want it, then i i’m assuming he’ll, know his place and i’ll just move on to getting after these world titles.
Where would where would where? Where would be able to that fight? Take place with me and nick yeah um, i mean it could happen in toronto, but i probably need the biggest light heavyweight.
You know, canadian fight, you know trust me.
History trespass is sitting ringside for that one right, especially especially for toronto, because we i feel like when you look at boxing.
You know toronto’s been kind of on the sidelines for a few generations.
You know like montreal has been keeping canadian boxing alive.
My whole life [ Music, ], um, [, Music, ] yeah, so you know a big draw in toronto.
I think that’ll be a big draw in toronto.
Me too me too, but better yet, but here’s so here’s my thing, man.
Yes, the fight could happen in toronto, which i think would be dope, and i think we would do numbers in toronto as far as local, but wouldn’t that be dope on a world stage to see two toronto guys on a world stage.
Even if it’s not in toronto, yeah yeah, yeah, yeah man either way it’s gon na be sick, yeah either way.
So so yeah.
Definitely i’d love to see you on your home soil home crowd, showing who the real true light heavyweight champ is absolutely absolutely absolutely because yeah man like behind the scenes like the real ones, no man, anyone who’s who’s lace, gloves around you know what laced up gloves With me around me, see me over here, even behind the scenes over here.
Like these guys know all the famous world champions they all, they all know what time it is man, so it’s time to show the world.
You know all right.
We got to get nikon and his promoters to confirm this and made first here not a paper yet, but we got to get both of them on together, so that you can call him out and he can either explain or deny absolutely man.
I don’t cap, i don’t cap one bit bro if i said that i mean and that’s the truth yeah.
If we can do that, that’d be amazing.
Yo, we’ll try and set that up.
Man we’ll see what we can do, we’ll see if yeah yeah in touch with him, get him on here.
Get you one, we’ll uh yeah.
Let’S get that in the universe, man yeah, i’m down, i’m down to put that out there, man, because i definitely want to see that for sure it’s uh an exciting event.
I’M sure you guys talked about it already, but uh you guys.
What’S what do you have scheduled coming up so i’ll find this saturday on on golden wood on the golden boy card? That’S right! Right! That’S right! That’S right! That’S great! First, first toronto, man on on a golden boy show which is dope.
Yes, yes, yes, yes does that card start at night.
Oh it’s different time, for you guys would that card press you can the zone.
The telecast is starting at nine, but the actual card, starting at four for you guys.
So i’m opening on the prelims, so caster prelims will be streamed on youtube.
On golden boys.
Youtube live yeah at um, yeah, 4 p.
Est, i think 1pm pst.
Okay, you know for all the fight fans out there we’re going to actually drop a link to those prelims in the comments on this video so that people don’t have to search for it men.
So all the toronto people can get behind you and watch and uh all the other fans out there that uh, that that we put you out there too man, i’ve been following your career for a long time now, and i love that you’re.
You know you’re going for that: 10th victory and uh.
You know you’re gon na do some work and uh yo you’re gon na get them out of here by round three eh yeah, absolutely love it showcase.
So this is a showcase of the talent man that has just been signed to to this new company.
Well, your new company that you’ve been signing so they’re just trying to put you out there right, yep, yep, yep, actually the whole night.
The whole night is going to be like, be it be.
A team show pretty much.
You got um me um zerto, obviously headlining yeah, scrappy ramirez, another one of my boys on my team, um and uh carlos nava, we’re all on the same team, we’re all from brickhouse boxing club and um we’re all fighting on on golden boy.
On the 14th awesome nice all right, all right honestly, you know what we’re gon na do: we’re gon na we’re gon na profile your team.
Next week, man we’re gon na profile, the team.
After after this event, we’ve been we’ve been we’ve been slowly starting to profile.
The the teams and the gyms around around you know the u.
s and canada and all that definitely we’re going to check out yours and we’re going to profile all your guys man next week, yeah just you’ll see some good tape.
Yeah man definitely definitely always some good tape.
Man so last time how many fights you’ve you’ve fought at least what twice or three times since the last time you run, i think, since the last time we i fought twice: yeah uh giovanni giovanni gareth and dennis gretchen right, correct, correct.
I kind of i can’t even remember that before before deadness uh, that’s because that one was only uh what 123 in the first round.
That’S why i don’t remember: [ Laughter, ], [, __ ] after that one yeah yeah yeah, that was a vicious body, shot man honestly loving it loving it so yeah man, so this this this weekend.
Good luck, man, we’re definitely gon na, be behind you! We’Re gon na be following you for sure yeah often, how often do you get the chance to uh to come back to toronto, and do you do you train when you’re up here, it’s just like just to come and come and relax, see family and then back To i always i was talking a little bit when i come back there because, like that’s, that’s community, you know like the boxing community and and martial arts community and gta, like that’s my people right, so i always always got to check everybody.
When i come back, you know guys like raphael, delgado yeah.
Yes, my man, rafael, yes, yeah! That’S my guy! You know all the combat all the combats people.
You know um yeah, very, very good, very good boxing gym.
Very good boxes.
Come out of that gym.
I’M in windsor i’m in windsor, so if you’re ever in the area, i got a gym here too.
You could train at right by that right by the michigan border, so right now and all that so yes, yo combat arts for all the people out there that don’t know where it is: that’s 6175, tompkin road unit, 2 mississauga for all them trump cats that want To want to train where kareem the supreme hacket trains at there we go.
Would you real quick? Would you say um because you you know, would you say you’ve got even like more experience, better experience from your from the high level sparring that you’ve got even more than your actual fights yeah like the guy that you spar with are like you know your sparring Matches are more like real fights, as opposed to yeah you’re, not for sure.
Like um yeah, like i was saying man, i i’ve been in camps with a lot of guys over here, a lot of hall of famers um.
You know i was getting uh.
I spent a lot of time at wild card boxing club um.
You know i got a lot of time in where freddie roach, you know.
I got a lot of time in with uh this julian schule used to used to be um freddie, roach’s assistant.
So in that time we were all in the house with all of his guys um, you know over there.
I had time with john pascal.
You know um sergio mora, um olympic gold, medalist, igor mukansev um, a lot of guys, man a lot yeah quite a bit quite a bit, definitely getting tons of experience.
What’S up? What do you say? What do you say? Your favorite sparring session was [ Music ].
It’S just so different like like if we’re talking about yeah, if we’re talking about like like height, like smart boxing like high iq like a chest battle, you know then bible yeah, you know.
If, if we’re talking about action like guns, blazing type type of battle, then i’m going to say you know benavidez, you know yeah, that’s that’s sick man, because you spread with benavidez too yeah wow you’re, getting all the smoke wow and and both both brothers man they’re Different they’re different, you know, and they both are both dope in their own ways.
You know um jose jose.
You know strong, tough guy he’s a really big uh welterweight.
I can’t believe he even made welterweight bro he’s almost my head really wow yeah he’s almost my and and um he’s he’s big action, type of type of that’s the one that fought terence crawford.
Yeah, that’s the same one i got to find terence.
I was like man, i don’t know how he made that wow yo a lot of running.
That’S probably right.
Just eating like like grass, breakfast lunch and dinner, probably yeah yeah.
He that he’s on that hay, diet, yo, yeah, man, yeah.
That was awesome.
Oh man! That’S it wicked kareem don’t want to keep you too much longer brother.
I know i know you got you got stuff to do.
You got to relax uh shout out yo shout out.
Let everybody know when you’re fighting again where they can find it.
It’S all the fans that are welcome, may 14th on golden boy.
The stream will be live on youtube, i’m opening, so that’s 1 p.
Pst 4 p.
m, est! So all y’all torontonians is 4 o’clock.
Yeah man, you know you heard it here.
Tdot stand up, everybody! Everybody in canada is going to be following everybody in canada.
Definitely so you guys heard it here, man from the from the man kareem hackett himself.
That’S may 14th 4 p.
Eastern standard time check that out on youtube, we’re going to drop that for you in the comments of this video, so you guys don’t have to search hard for it because we’re doing that work, so you guys don’t have to kareem, always a pleasure brother.
Always thank you.
Man, much respect, yo.
I can’t wait to see you we’re gon na we’ll get you back in after your uh after uh, your wonderful third round, excellent uh cedric.
Do you want to ask anything else before we get out of here? Nah man, just uh stay focused, keep working hard and uh.
Like i said man, you got, you got the whole country behind you.
You got the whole country behind yeah, yeah, yeah, absolutely kareem.
Thanks again brother thanks again for coming out, we will be watching you.
We will be supporting you man, we love you here at the taco fight family man.
I can’t wait to see this.
This wonderful fight and to all you fans, thanks for tuning in to this special episode of knuckle up with mike or cedric ben, with our live interview today, with kareem supreme hackett gon na be fighting on the 14th guys.
Don’T forget we’ll put that in the comments for you we’ll see you next time.
Man knuckle up.