David Sanchez aims to take his place among stars at 115
While much of the conversation at junior bantamweight centers around Japanese wunderkind Naoya Inoue and Mexico’s impressive Carlos Cuadras, David Sanchez is quietly going about his business.
Sanchez (28-2-2, 22 knockouts) made quite an impression earlier this year when he became the first man to stop iron-chinned Juan Alberto Rosas in 10 rounds.
On Saturday, the 23-year-old from Hermosillo looks to keep that momentum going when he faces former WBA flyweight titlist Luis Concepcion. The Panamanian is a seasoned pro who, despite two knockout losses to Hernan Marquez in 2011, is durable and is known as a good puncher.
Cuadras outpointed Concepcion in a WBC title fight earlier this year. Sanchez (aka “Tornado“), who is rated No.9 by THE RING Magazine, is keen to better his countryman’s result.
The fight will be shown in Mexico on Azteca, while beIN Sports Espanol is broadcasting it in America.
Sanchez took time out to speak with RingTV.com via his friend Genesis Carrasco, who translated the interview.
RingTV.com – What are your thoughts on facing Luis Concepcion?
David Sanchez – I think that it will be a great fight that might open more doors to important fights.
RTV – What do you think his strengths and weaknesses are?
DS – “Nica” is a strong warrior with a lot of heart. His weakness is he always wants to KO (an opponent) with a single punch; he’s always ready for the counter.
RTV – In his last fight Concepcion lost a points decision to Carlos Cuadras. Do you look at this fight as one where you want to be more impressive than Cuadras was?
DS – Absolutely! We both have a good punch, we are always coming forward, it doesn’t matter if we receive a hit when we are exchanging jabs. It will be a good fight for the fans.
RTV – You made a statement earlier this year by becoming the first person to stop Juan Alberto Rosas. Tell us about that fight.
DS – “Topo” Rosas is an excellent warrior, he’s always seeking punches. His style was good for me to knock him out.
RTV – The fight will take place in your hometown of Hermosillo. How important is it to fight in front of your home fans?
DS – (I have had) many fights in Hermosillo, my home; it is a motivation to me. It makes me feel that I have the whole support of my people.
RTV – Tell us about your youth growing up?
DS – I come from a family that we were taught to be happy and grateful with all the things life gives you. I love to help my family. When I was 7 years old I started to have a special feel for boxing. I’m proud of my dad; he taught me everything and is still teaching me everything about boxing. I left school when I was 18, when I had one year of being a professional boxer. I decided to take up boxing full-time and thank God, I have never regretted it.
RTV – The 115-pound division is packed with talent. What are your thoughts on the division and other champions: WBC Cuadras, WBA Kohei Kono, IBF McJoe Arroyo and WBO Naoya Inoue?
DS – At 115 pounds there are many talented fighters. Champions that I know I can beat and I will defeat them if I get the opportunity.
RTV – What goals do you have in boxing?
DS – Be a great boxer and be known around the world. Win respect from my country. Be a champion who becomes a legend and one day teach other people about boxing.
RTV – What do you like to do away from boxing?
DS – I love to hang out with my family; playing with my son is a whole different world from boxing. That’s my favorite part of the day, playing with my son, who is 2 years old.
RTV – Lastly, do you have a message for Concepcion?
DS – He’s got to be prepared to have a war in the ring because David “Tornado” Sanchez is waiting to beat him.
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