Denton Daley talks about his return to the ring on Saturday May 9th in Mississauga, Ontario!
Former NABA Cruiserweight champ Denton Daley is officially returning to the ring.
The Canadian Boxing Sensation will step through the ropes once again on Saturday May 9th, 2015 for United Promotions when they stage another incredible night of boxing action at The 17th Steakhouse, Grand Ballroom at 5165 Dixie Road in Mississauga, Ontario.
Earlier this week, Denton sat down with Kocosports‘ own “Fighting Irish” Gerry O’Neill to answer a few questions and tell us how things are going as he prepares to step between the ropes once again.
KS: Denton thank you for taking the time to chat with us again, May 9th in Mississauga is something your fans have labelled as your homecoming, and I understand the pre-sale ticket demand has been very strong, what kind of effect does it have on you, knowing you have such a fiercely supportive fanbase?
DD: Well you know that I respect my loyal fans very deeply and I honestly don’t feel the pressure coming off of a loss. My fans have stood behind me all the way and because of them I will rise to the occasion and do what is expected of me and that’s to win.
KS: I was ringside for your 2nd pro fight and have been following your career ever since, it’s been fascinating to watch your development as a fighter. In a relatively short time frame we watched as you went from victory to victory, honing your skills along the way. What were the biggest lessons you took away from those first 12 victories?
DD: When I’m in the ring I’m always learning, whether it’s my 12th or 50th fight. The lessons I learned are more experienced based and can be the smallest things such as the way a fighter moves and what he thinks my weaknesses may be. I study my opponents in the ring and are always learning from all of them.
KS: As of this past November you are now 12-1 in your professional career, what has that first loss taught you?
DD: What I had learned from my first loss wasn’t very much to do with my opponent this time around, but more about what I learned from that experience. I learned not to complicate things next time around. During the fight I felt I wasn’t doing enough to win, but looking at the score cards afterwards the judges had me winning the first 7 rounds. I learned a lot by gaining the piece of information. The only trait I’d learned from my opponent was resiliency and I do admire that about him.
KS: Early last year you suffered tendon damage, soft tissue damage and a fracture in your right hand while sparring with Jean Pascal, you went on to fight 2 weeks later, even with a broken hand, and successfully defend your NABA cruiserweight title. Do you feel the damage to your hand hampered your ability to train in any way going into the Kalenga bout?
DD: It’s an interesting question, and I know others have wondered about that but I don’t feel my injuries hampered me from training the way needed to for Kalenga. Personally I never want to say ‘oh I was not 100%’ going into any situation, it seems like making excuses. When you have an injury, but are still willing to fight there are no excuses.
KS: You’re opponent on May 9th is Argentinean fighter, Walter “Pájaro” Cabral who will be, from a fan perspective, stepping into hostile territory in Mississauga. What kind of a challenge do you think Cabral presents and what is your biggest advantage?
DD: It’s hard to say what challenge he will bring. All my opponents bring challenges and a lot of the time don’t demonstrate them until they are in the ring. It’s all about what I’m going to do and how they will handle that.
KS: We know it’s been very important to you to fight in Canada to give all your fans a chance to see you live, but when you compare the popularity of the cruiserweight division in North America against how incredibly hot the division is in Europe right now, and adding in how much interest your fights have received from European fans online, is a European fight something we might see in your future?
DD: Absolutely! Going to Europe would be a dream for me at this point because that’s where my divisions hails. I believe my next major fight will be in Europe this time around and I will be happy to go.
KS: I know your focus right now is on Cabral, May 9th in Mississauga, but could you give us your “hit list” of fighters in the division right now you would most like to face?
DD: Sorry, I only concentrate on one fighter at a time, but my hit lists will always be any major champion in my division.
KS: Well that is certainly understandable and perhaps a testament to your attitude in that you don’t overlook any opponent either.
DD: Never, I focus on each fight and give it absolutely everything.
KS: Okay, so my final question to you today, I know you’re not normally one to engage in “trash talk” but do you have any words for Walter Cabral ahead of your showdown on May 9th?
DD: Your always trying to get me to trash talk, (laughs) sorry, I just hope we both enter the ring and leave in a safe manner when all said and done. I’ve always let my fists do the talking and I will continue to be me!
KS: Denton, we will be there ringside as always to cover the fight, and not that we think you need it, we wish you the best of luck.
Tickets for the event are going fast, tables seating 10 are available for $1500. Chair seating ranges from $75.00 – $100.00 for more info visit DentonDaley.com