Q&A: Andres Gutierrez
Highly-regarded featherweight Andres Gutierrez makes his first start of 2015 when he faces Jhon Gemino of the Philippines on Saturday in Acapulco, Mexico on Televisa.
Gutierrez (31-0-1, 22 knockouts) has been inactive since November but his fight marks the first of a new alliance with Promociones Del Pueblo.
As well as a new promoter, “Jaguarcito” who turns 22 on Wednesday, will officially campaign at featherweight, having struggled for a time to make 122 pounds.
While this fight is designed to get Queretaro-born fighter back in the ring, he has aspirations of meeting WBC champion Gary Russell Jr. further down the road.
His new promoter, Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones Del Pueblo is very pleased with his newest acquisition and is “very happy. [Gutierrez] is just a kid. With great power and tremendous skills, he will be world champion.”
Here’s what Gutierrez has to say when he spoke with RingTV.com last week.
RingTV.com – What are your thoughts on facing Gemino?
Andres Gutierrez – It is very good exposure for me on Mexican TV and my new promoters. I will demonstrate I’m ready for the best at 126 pounds, including Gary Russell Jr.
RTV – What are your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses as a fighter?
AG – All Philippine fighters are tough and come out for war.
RTV – As you mentioned, this is your first fight working with your new promoters Promociones Del Pueblo.
AG – I’m very excited my career and I will have the opportunities all boxers desire.
RTV – Who are the members of your team?
AG – My dad, my two brothers – who will also be fighting on the card – also Miguel Mendoza, my strength trainer.
RTV – You made your American debut in 2012. What did you learn from fighting in the United States?
AG – The experience I took was that, in the US, boxing is at a higher level and there are more opportunities.
RTV – What are your thoughts on the featherweight division?
AG – My division is one of the toughest and most competitive in Mexico. It has great and tough opponents.
RTV – What was your youth like growing up in Mexico?
AG – My days as an adolescent were running in the mornings. I wouldn’t go out partying or anything like that because I was always training and, in reality, we did not struggle much because my dad worked with me and we had enough of what was needed.
RTV – How did you become interested in boxing?
AG – My interest in boxing started because my dad was a fighter and we started practicing to defend ourselves in school and, from there, I started liking boxing.
RTV – What was your amateur career like?
AG – My amateur record was good. I had over 100 fights and brought home three Olympic medals (not senior, junior titles).
RTV- Away from boxing, what do you enjoy doing?
AG – Outside of the gym, I’m a laid-back guy who helps his sister with homework and I work as a trainer at the gym we own in Queretaro.
RTV – Do you have a message for your opponent?
AG – I’m very hungry for a world title. I cannot be defeated.