Josh Barnett’s Trainer Says It’s Barnett’s Last Run
Posted by Larry Csonka on 12.28.2013
So he says…
- Erik Paulson, who is Josh Barnett's trainer, recently spoke about this being Barnett's final run. Here are the highlights…
On This Being Barnett's Final Run: "I told him, ‘This is your last run.' I just told him you have to make a statement," Paulson said. "When you fight, everything you have to do, everything has to be absolute. You've fought so long, you should be able to surgically dissect every single one of these fighters you're up against because you have a ton of knowledge, a lot of skill, you're smart, and you have a lot of aggression."
On Barnett's Motivation For The Mir Fight: "Apparently Frank said something that upset Josh that I think it had to do with (his opinion that) Josh [had] a padded record," Paulson said. "Josh really took it to heart. That's why he was so angry and pissed off."
On Barnett's Preparation For Travis Browne: "We have one of our fighters, he's 6-foot-7 or 6-foot-8, and he's perfect (to emulate Browne)," Paulson said. "He's basically what we're going to be dealing with as far as length and reach goes. We have someone for each aspect of the game, which is the striking, the clinching, and the ground. What happens is [Barnett] likes to learn martial arts. There's a lot of cool stuff that he could implement, so we have a lot of good resources to draw from."