Tonight on ESPN 2 FNF, undefeated light welterweight prospect, Tony Luis 15-0 (7), looks to shine bright as he takes on replacement, Jose Hernandez 13-6-1 (5) on tonight’s co-main feature. The Canadian born boxer was slated to take on Miguel Gonzalez, but after citing an illness, the tough Mexican brawler, Jose Hernandez stepped in. Luis, who will be maki9ng his second apperance on the program, believes that his new opponent, will not only bring the fight, but make for an all out action packed entertaining show for the fans. in this exclusive interview, Luis speaks out on tonight’s match-up, and more, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.:
You have the fight tonight against Jose Hernandez, you were slated to face Miguel Gonzalez, but he withdrew from the fight days ago citing an illness. Your thoughts on the sudden change up.
We knew last week, Miguel had a doctors note for the flu or something, I don’t know, I don’t even want to talk about that really. I am focused on my new opponent now, I actually think Hernandez is a tougher opponent than Gonzalez.
Why do you feel Hernandez is as tougher opponent that Gonzalez?
Have you seen him fight? Gonzalez is a slick fighter, but, Hernandez is stronger, tougher, and a gritty fighter. He can take a punch, give a punch, and throws a bunch more. He is more of a warrior than what Gonzalez is, he does not look for a way out. Gonzalez has some power, but he seems to fade when people put the pressure on him. Hernandez looks to fight, he wants to fight.
When did you start training camp for the Gonzalez fight?
We signed the contract to fight Gonzalez early November, and we have been training since then. I was scheduled to fight December 1st on the Cotto vs. Trout card, but, when this opportunity came up to fight on ESPN, we went this fight because it is more exposure on American television, it was a better opponent and everything.
The reason why I am aski9ng about your training camp, because here you are since November, training for Gonzalez, and his style. Now, just days before fight night, he withdraws, and you have to face Hernandez now. So basically you were training for a certain style, so, how do you adapt so quickly?
That is where the amateur experience comes in, I have fought all kinds of different styles. When you fight the tournaments, you fight all different styles in one weekend, so you have to adapt. You develop a strategy while you are in the ring. Luckily I have been able to find some good fight tapes on Hernandez. It is nothing that I have not seen before. I am expecting a tough fight, I have experience. The point is that I am in shape and in good condition, we are ready to go.
How do you feel about getting some more exposure on ESPN, I mean does it add a lot of pressure on you to preform well, or do you look at it like, I can do this?
The later, I am excited I can do this, I have been preparing for this, this fight is going to open a lot of doors for me, and bring me closer to my dream of becoming a world champion. Now, I am nervous, any fighter who tells you they do not get scared before a fight, is lying to you. But, I am still anxious and raring to go.
If you could send out a message to your upcoming opponent, what would that message be?
Being that he took this fight on short notice, I expect that he has been in the gym, I hope he is in shape, because he is going to have to be, and I know when he fights he likes to go to war, well, be careful what you wish for.
Anything in closing?
Keep your eyes open, and do not blink!
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