“Has it entered my head? Yes, I’ve thought about it,’’ said Traft. “I don’t see any signs of that in me.’’
Traft has the blessing of the BPD and many of his colleagues in blue will don “Team Traft’’ shirts for the Garden fight, maybe even the top boss.
“Commissioner Ed Davis has been to almost every one of Billy’s fights,’’ said Stanton. “He said he’s coming to this one as well, so we’re pretty impressed.’’
Stanton said Traft, who was supposed to fight in the postponed Dec. 14 card at the Garden — headliner Danny O’Connor was injured during a sparring session — is ready.
“This is the best shape he’s been in,’’ said Stanton. “He’s very confident and has performed extremely well in sparring.’’
As for how long Traft plans to fight, he said he will know when it’s time to stop just as he knew in his gut that turning pro was right for him.
“We’re going to ride the train as long as it goes,’’ said Traft.
“I just don’t want to become that weathered boxer. I really respect the sport. I don’t feel old. I don’t feel slow. I feel like I felt when I was 22 or 23 years old. We’re going to ride it as long as it goes.’’
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