On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with mixed martial arts fighter and former elite freestyle and college wrestler "King" Mo Lawal
"King" Mo, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, will be returning to action this Saturday, January 7, against the unbeaten but less experienced Lorenz Larkin. This Strikeforce card will be televised in the U.S. on Showtime and take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We spoke with "King" Mo on Thursday about what to expect in this fight with Lorenz Larkin. "King" Mo predicted that it will be reminiscent of the 2001 boxing match, also in Las Vegas, between Marco Antonio Barrera and "Prince" Naseem Hamed, in which Barrera dominated the unorthodox Hamed en route to a unanimous decision win. "King" Mo, of course, expects to emulate Barrera with Larkin performing like the "Prince", although "King" Mo does expect it to be a competitive fight.
We also discussed numerous other topics with "King" Mo, including why his legendary ring entrances now have to be toned down; his contract status; why he wants to win a regional boxing title and fight Ola Afolabi, who is the number-one ranked WBO cruiserweight contender; the ever-changing rules in international wrestling; why he wants to include knees to the head of a downed opponent in the MMA unified rules; why Andre Ward is the 2011 boxer of the year; and more.
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