American heavyweight Jason Bergman has praised Samoa for making him feel so welcome.
After arriving in Samoa on Sunday afternoon, the 31-year-old has settled in well and has been hard at work in the Plantation Boxing gym.
And he only has great things to say about the warm welcome the Samoan people have offered him.
“The welcome was absolutely great,” he said. “If I could get welcomed like that back in the States, it would be nice. After I win and things go all my way maybe I will, you never know.”
Bergman said he would recommend Samoa to anyone.
“Everybody here has been really nice, treating me like one of their own, no complaints, everyone’s been great.”
On how he came to be fighting Lupesoliai, Bergman described the match as somewhat of a natural fit, saying that he and Parker are very similar people.
“My manager brought it to my attention and he asked me if I wanted to fight,” he said.
“We looked at him as a team and I felt very confident, I thought that I could compete with him."
“And to be honest, he reminds me a lot of myself, in the way he speaks, in his mannerisms, everything. He reminds me of myself a lot, we’re both soft spoken people, and it’s going to be a good night.”
His confidence in his ability to win the bout on Saturday comes primarily from his confidence in his experience.
“I do believe that I’m going to win this fight,” he said.
“I’m 31 now and if you look at the top ten heavyweights, they’re all between 32 and 37 years old."
“There’s a reason for that. It takes time, it takes maturity, it takes experience, and a lot of times people make a mistake and they rush too fast and I know where I was at 23 or 24 years old and I know where I am now.”