|Humberto Soto; “I Don’t Feel the Triumph Until the Ref Counts 10”
INTERVIEW By Gabriel Montoya (Sept 26, 2007) Doghouse Boxing
Recently, Doghouseboxing.com writer Gabriel Montoya had an opportunity to speak with top contender Humberto Soto as he prepares his upcoming title shot against Joan Guzman on HBO After Dark November 17th. This marks Soto’s first title shot and is a seminal moment in the young fighter’s life. For hardcore fans, this is the chance to see if the man they have followed on both televised and un-televised under cards is made of championship stuff. For casual observers, it is a chance to be introduced to one of the sports best kept secrets. Doghouseboxing.com readers, meet Humberto Soto.
Gabriel Montoya: Can you give a little background on your upbringing and family? Where you are from, what it was like growing up there?
Humberto Soto: I’m from Los Mochis Sinaloa. I’m married with two kids. What I most like of my hometown are the people. They are a nice people and humble.
GM: When did you first start fighting? How old were you?
HS: I stared at 7 years old but I quit for three years to finish high school.
GM: What made you want to be a fighter?
HS: At 7 years old my grandpa took me to a tournament (I never boxed before) and I was beaten. So after that I start training to get revenge and I did.
GM: What do you fight for now? What motivates you?
HS: Definitely my kids, my wife and my mother and to get something for my future.
GM: You have been the number one contender for some time now. How has waiting for a title shot affected your training and how you approach opponents? Do you look to be more aggressive and more impressive?
HS: Sometimes I was disappointed or upset about the situation but I’m always focused on my career and goals and I never let that situation affect me. And yes, I always like to look nice to my fans. Sometimes aggressive. Sometimes impressive. Sometimes both.
GM: Were you surprised when you stopped Bobby Pacquiao that his brother Manny decided not to fight you?
HS: Well I think that I will get a fight against Pacquiao. Also I read some news where Pacquiao wants to fight me too, but sometimes is not question of us. Sometimes only managers and organizations matter. But I hope for a near future fight against Pacquiao. I’m sure that’s a fight that a lot of people want to see.
GM: When you stop someone like you did with Bobby Pacquiao, what does that feel like? Is there a sense of relief or triumph? What does the punch landing feel like and what does the fight ending on a knockout feel like for you?
HS: It feels damn good, but boxing is surprising and I don’t feel the triumph until the ref counts 10. (Laughter) After that is when I feel relief or satisfaction.
GM: How do you feel to finally fight for a world title?
HS: Of course I’m so happy about it. I’m very grateful for the opportunity. This will be one of my hardest fights but I will not disappoint any of the people who believe in me.
GM: What do you see in Joan Guzman? Have you seen much of him?
HS: He is a very skilled boxer. He likes to intimidate his opponents.
GM: How do you see the fight playing out?
HS: Definitely will be a tough fight. He’s the champ and is at home. I will need to go for him.
GM: Why is Humberto Soto going to be victorious in this fight?
HS: I have been waiting a long time for this opportunity and I will not let it go. I’m hungry for a title and I want to fight against the best boxers of my division.
GM: Would you like to say anything to the fans?
HS: Thanks for all the support. Stay tuned for Soto-Guzman fight ‘cause it will be one of the best fights of the year.
Gabriel Montoya and Doghouseboxing.com would like to thank David Avila and Lee Samuels for helping to set up this interview.
e-mail Gabriel at: Coyotefeather@gmail.com
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