Photo courtesy of Phil Baroni/EliteXC.
The title of ICON Sport’s latest event tomorrow night couldn’t be more fitting. “To Hell and Back”. It takes on a great amount of meaning for Phil Baroni, who is attempting to piece his career back together after testing positive for steroids under the watch of the California State Athletic Commission last year.
To this day, Baroni maintains that he did not take steroids.
“It still bothers me to this day,” Baroni said during a recent interview session. “It doesn’t matter though anymore because the damage is done. Who knows what’s going to happen in the future when I go to fight in other places. Will New Jersey even take me or are they just going to toss me aside because I’m a guy who failed a test for steroids?”
“I’m frustrated. I can’t wait to get in there and fight,” Baroni continued. “My career literally stopped in it’s tracks. Now I want to get it going again.”
With the past behind him, Baroni now has his attention focused on his latest opponent, hard-hitting middleweight convert Kala Kolohe Hose, who has experienced his own fair share of frustration after previous chances at the now vacant ICON Sport middleweight title were spoiled by former champion Robbie Lawler’s continual injury problems.
With Hose, Baroni receives an opponent that will likely play right into what he usually loves to do in fights - stand and slug it out. That’s exactly what “The New York Bad Ass” intends to do.
“I’m going in and I’m knocking the kid out, it’s that simple,” Baroni said. “There’s really not that much to say. He’s not the brightest crayon in the box. He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. He acts like a wise ass, probably because he’s been hanging out with Frank Shamrock these days. I hope he’s content with the new tricks that he’s learned. I’m still going to put him to sleep.”
“ICON has wanted to have a Hawaiian middleweight champion for a long time now,” Baroni went on to say. “It’s not going to be him. It’s gonna be me. I’m going to win it and defend it for a long time. I want to unify all of the titles out there. EliteXC went out and bought a lot of good organizations. I wanna be the champ in all of them.”
While those in attendance at the Blaisdell Events Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and all of the fans watching the event for free at ProElite.com will have to strap in and get comfortable for a long night of fights, Baroni promises that the main event will be going swiftly as expected.
“I see this fight going really quick,” said Baroni “It’s going to be quick and painful for him. Once you get in the ring, there’s no running, there’s no hiding and he’s going to find out really quick that he made the mistake of stepping in there with me. We’re going to see what he’s made of.”
We would like to thank Phil for taking his time to do this interview.