By Bill Green
History shall be made May 19th in a number of classes, when 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Nico Hernandez (Four-Zero, Three KOs) faces Szilveszter “The Silent Assassin” Kanalas (14-7, 9 KOs) for the vacant IBA world flyweight title at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. Hernandez vs. Kanalas will air on PPV within the U.S. and on Super Channel in Canada.
The 12-rounder would be the first world championship boxing match ever held within the state of Kansas.
At the National Amateur boxing event on May 14th contained in the Ralston Arena, positioned in Omaha, Nebraska, Fightnews.com® sat down with Nico.
Hello champ, the saying it’s combat week. You are a mere 6 days away from on paper considered one of your most essential fights to date as knowledgeable. How was coaching camp?
Camp went extraordinarily nicely, we labored our butts off as traditional. We put the work in, stayed within the gymnasium, by no means actually left. Heading into this week it’s nearly staying sharp and reducing previous couple of kilos.
I practice some amateurs that truthfully wrestle going three rounds. You began your profession at age 9 and went from Three-Four rounds within the amateurs to making ready for six rounds in your first three fights as a professional, then eight rounds in your final one with Torres and now, amazingly sufficient, it’s scheduled for twelve rounds. What kind of adjustments are wanted to put together for going the gap of twelve rounds if obligatory?
I imply truthfully, I don’t really feel just like the fighters in my weight class, in my division, can deal with my energy. So I don’t see Kanalas even making it to the bell however that simply me being assured in my skills. However, the fact is to be a well-rounded fighter, you put together for something and every little thing on this sport. We spared extra rounds with recent seems, we labored longer minutes, and we put the highway work by mixing up sprints and lengthy distance working. I really feel as if I’m in peak form and we’ve zero issues about going 12.
Your opponent, Szilvezster Kanalas, boasts a file of 14-7 with 9 knockouts. Critics level out that he already went twelve rounds earlier than and beat the person that you simply have been supposed to combat in your final title bout, in Jozsef Ajtai. Others state that you’re being rushed and that you’ve but to combat somebody as fleet footed as Kanalas. What is your response to in direction of the critics?
First of all, we welcome the suggestions from the critics simply as a lot because the believers. It comes with the territory. I really feel prefer it’s all the time been this manner, they mentioned I used to be too younger to be an Olympian and so forth. He might have extra skilled fights however guess what, he doesn’t possess my expertise or my starvation to win, particularly in any respect prices. I hope that his staff thinks that I’m simply this slugger that gasses out , however come combat evening, I’ll show to the critics and to my opponent that I’m rather more than that.
Speaking of your opponent’s fashion, he likes to work off the jab, use his pace and combat off the again foot. You are identified for a attention-grabbing fashion, and also you clearly don’t thoughts mixing it up in effort to get the group in a frenzy. The strain to please these followers and ship motion combat ending in a ko has to be in your thoughts, particularly at house. Do you are concerned that Kanalas realizing your energy will merely not need to have interaction thus making it a uninteresting combat?
I imply, I hope not. He is combating for a similar alternative as me…a World Title. You can’t win it by working. We ready for a number of ways in which the combat might go. As for him working or not partaking, we’ll reduce the ring off, comply with the sport plan, we’ll break him down spherical by spherical. My physique assault will take his legs away and than he shall be compelled to stand and combat.
Although this combat seems to be simply one other combat in your illustrious profession, does it have a really feel to it as being rather more important since the truth that it is going to be obtainable on PPV and that the winner shall be introduced because the youngest IBA champion in its history?
Yes, all my fights are essential to me however I’m not going to lie, I chase history and undoubtedly am motivated to construct on my legacy. I would like that belt and he’s in my manner from making history. Fighting on PPV is a giant honor for me. We grew up with this sport, all the massive fights have been on PPV. I can keep in mind all gathering round, consuming good meals and watching the fights as a household. Not to point out, we practice quite a bit in San Antonio, Texas. They have nice sparring and climate there. It’s good to know that my followers in Texas can lastly catch my combat on PPV in the event that they cant afford or unable to see me combat reside.
Whitfield, Haydon, your matchmaker, said that you’re progressing however that he thinks that you’ve the flexibility to deal with a lot harder opposition than we’ve seen to this point. Whit, because the boxing world is aware of him by, went on to state that your greatest fights to date have come towards manner greater guys that may merely take up your punishment. In different phrases, in Four skilled fights, you may have fought 18 rounds. Do you’re feeling like that the one motive you don’t have Four knockouts in Four fights is as a result of they’re in actual fact greater and in that case why are fighters in your division ducking you?
Like I mentioned earlier, I consider in my energy and I really feel like for my dimension…that I’m the toughest puncher within the sport. I don’t focus to a lot on numbers. I simply need to hold profitable impressively. We work extraordinarily onerous within the gymnasium in order that the combat is straightforward. I really feel like I’m ready for greater fights however I perceive and belief the method. These varieties and kinds of opponents are obligatory for my profession. But, the one factor I can do is present them on Saturday evening, that I’m able to elevating my recreation to one other degree and deserve the larger alternatives.
Selling out venues in your hometown might make you a preferred and sizzling commodity, however the veterans within the sport, like myself, love the truth that you might be marketable, fan pleasant, and mature in your age. But essentially the most spectacular ability set to date in my view is your capacity to thank your sponsors, which is one thing uncommon on this sport. Young fighters assume that you’re making big purses and this and that however in actual fact, that for many beginning out within the sport, fairly probably a very powerful factor simply could also be sponsorships. Do you agree?
Absolutely, I couldn’t think about being with out Indian Motorcycle of Wichita, the parents that put together my meals at 316 catering. Taking care of your sponsors is simply as essential as placing within the bodily work. My staff, particularly my father, Lewis Hernandez, has instilled that in me from day one. We are planning one thing large with Tecate quickly as nicely.
Good stuff champ. I’ll allow you to get again to watching your staff compete after one last query. I all the time just like the fighter to get an opportunity to end their very own story so to communicate. In your individual phrases, are you able to end this section? Kanalas is jabbing, shifting, avoiding any and all potential encounters with Hernandez, the group begins to boo…..
Chants of Nico, Nico, Nico, fill the sector. Hernandez cuts the ring off and traps Kanalas within the nook, firing fast and explosive liver photographs earlier than timing his opponent with an image excellent crashing left hook that electrifies the group.
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