Hector Camacho Jr. to fight on August 8th at Frontier Field, Rochester, New York
Following his last loss within the squared circle, dating back to last July, junior middleweight prospect Hector Camacho Jr. has been adamant about getting his career back on track and working his way up the ranks of the stacked division.
Despite the untimely death of his late father and legendary pugilist Hector Camacho, Jr. set his sights on making a strong return to the ring in 2013 and has since won two fights by way of stoppage, and in doing so has earned another bout August 8 in Rochester, New York, and if he is able to emerge from the ring victoriously, he is anxious to get a shot at the world title.
“I am ready for this fight August 8; it is not only about the fight, but also about making weight,” said Camacho Jr. “I want to prove to the boxing world and myself that I am ready for it and show them how badly I want it. Every time I fight is one step closer to a title fight. All eyes are on me because of my father, and I want to win the fight by looking good and making weight.”
Camacho Jr. has been honest that at times through his career he didn’t put all of his effort into training and making weight, and realizes that he now has the chance to capitalize on the opportunity laid out before him. He was adamant that the passing of his father was a wakeup call to the gifts he has been given both inside and out of the ring, and Camacho Jr. is anxious to go out and get a title fight to represent the Camacho name proudly.
“In training for this upcoming bout August 8, I have focused so much on the mental side of it,” said Camacho Jr. “I have blocked everything out. I have trained harder than I ever have in my career, and anytime I feel myself getting tired, I talk to myself in the gym and when I’m working out, motivating myself and keeping myself going. I have to take everything step by step, not rushing, but keep on working and working. I have been falling in love with the gym again. And I have gotten back to loving the sport of boxing. I am truly blessed to do what I love doing, and this time I want to make sure I enjoy every step of it.”
Outside of the ring Camacho Jr. has been proactive with his efforts to spread awareness about his Guns Down Gloves Up foundation geared towards helping kids and teenagers work towards a positive goal in life and stray away from gang life.
A newly refined look on life, boxing and giving back to the community as often as he can, Camacho Jr. is on the right path to achieving all of his own personal goals, both inside the squared circle and beyond.
“I have been surrounding with good people and former champions who have been where I am and where I want to be,” said Camacho Jr. “My training is not what it used to be. I am getting advice and pointers from past champions, and being within this atmosphere is huge for my training. I’m with people who have the same goals as I do.”
Camacho Jr.’s road to his highly sought after world title fight continues August 8 from Frontier Field in Rochester, New York, against an opponent to be named.
Rumble In Rhyd
2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jamie Arthur hosted his first amateur boxing event at the Rhydyfelin Sports Bar on Friday and it was a success with the show selling out and 11 bouts entertaining the capacity crowd.
The original estimate for attendance was 150 people but the response from the local community shocked Arthur’s Gym and there were 300 people through the doors by the end of the night.
Arthur said: “The turn-out was fantastic, it was twice the size we expected. The whole point of it was to give the boxers a chance to fight in front of their families, friends and fans because a lot of them didn’t have that chance before.
“This was the last show of the season, normally shows tailor off at this point in the calendar but demand was high for this. So, we’re thinking of doing another one when the next season gets started in September.”
Arthur’s Gym had four winners in the eight contests it was involved in and there were stellar performances from Rhys James, Thomas James, David White and Adam Cadwallader. There were learning losses for Dylan John, Mark Price, Matt Defis and Kyle Crowley but despite the mixed fortunes, Arthur was happy and he’s adamant that tough bouts are important for the development of a boxer.
He said: “Although they weren’t all perfect results, I’m pleased that the boxers did their best to do what I asked of them. There are lessons to be learnt, it’s my job to make sure my winners and losers are made aware of those lessons now and if they are then it will all be worth it. That’s what it’s all about.”
The Fight of the Night award was awarded to the light-heavyweight bout which saw Arthur’s Gym’s Welsh Novice Champion Mark ‘Sparky’ Price upset by Tylorstown’s Kevin Reed.
All of the 300 people in attendance stayed for the evening’s most eagerly awaited bout and it didn’t disappoint. It was a case of bombs away from the opening bell with Price attempting to take control of centre ring using his long jab and right hand. Despite having the vast majority of the crowd against him, Reed wouldn’t be deterred and he pressured Price to the ropes which led to excellent all-action exchanges for the full three minutes.
There were two all-Arthur’s Gym exhibition bouts between Luke Dwyer, Rhys Woolford, Harry Walton and Kyle Arthur. Arthur’s Gym would like to thank the Tylorstown, Maesteg, Bargoed, Pen Aber, Barry East End and Alway amateur boxing clubs for playing their part in a memorable night of boxing.
Arthur’s Gym would also like to thank everyone who contributed to the show and made it possible, especially sponsors BodyViUK, Hawkes Essentials, J Williams Home & Gardening Services, Colin Laver Heating, RCT Homes, Customise Clothing, Vale Line Plastering and Steve Bevan Kick Boxing.
Huni Can’t Wait For Sinden Test
Disney Huni “can’t wait” to take on fellow prospect, Warren Sinden, on It’s-A-Bout-Boxing’s show ‘Salvation’ at the Institute, Digbeth on Saturday (29th June).
The 21 year-old Zimbabwe-born, Smethwick-based welterweight made his professional debut at the Birmingham venue back in April, recording a points victory over the durable Danny Dontchev.
On Saturday night he faces a different test. Sinden, two years Huni’s senior, enjoyed a stellar amateur career which included Welsh schoolboy titles, international bouts and two senior Welsh ABA final appearances. It will be a tough fight, for both boxers, but Huni is raring to go.
“I really can’t wait,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I’ve been training hard since that Dontchev fight and I’m feeling a lot fitter and sharper.
“I was a little nervous before my debut, which is natural, so this time I’m feeling a lot more relaxed. I know what it’s like to fight without the headguards on and in front of a crowd and that’s a good thing.
“Warren is a young and hungry guy like me, so it will be a good battle. We’re both at the start of our journeys and both want to win. May the best man win.”
Topping the bill is British welterweight title contender, Jason Welborn. Also on the bill is Coventry’s Troy ‘Terrifying’ James who takes on Andy Harris over 4 three-minute rounds.
Northampton lightweight, Jamie Spence, takes on ‘Gypsy Boy’ Billy Smith. The former Prizefighter contender, who has fought the likes of Lee Purdy and Derry Matthews, and will be looking to build on his recent victory over Matt Seawright.
Prospects Michael Mooney and Ainsley Seivwright complete the card, taking on Oliver Rainbird and Pavels Senkovs respectively.
It’s-A-Bout-Boxing are also hosting Frankie Gavin’s aftershow party, following his British and Commonwealth Clash with Denton Vassell 24 hours prior, after the Salvation show.
Tickets are priced at just £25 General, £50 Ringside and £75 VIP Ringside. They are by calling the Box Office on 0845 467 3930 or 07888 870 650.
It’s-A-Bout Boxing have shows planned for Sheffield, Manchester and Cardiff in the coming months, for more details, visit: www.itsaboutboxing.com.