Q&A: ROBERTO ACEVEDO
Press Release: Although it could be the first test of his pro career, Puerto Rico's Roberto Acevedo (7-0, 4 KOs) says he's treating it like just another fight when he takes on Chicago's Paul Littleton (6-0-1, 4 KOs) on Friday, March 22nd at Chicago's UIC Pavilion. The pair will meet in a six-round super middleweight bout on the undercard of the ESPN2's Friday Night Fights in support of the night's middleweight main event between Chicago's Donovan "Da Bomb" George (24-3-1, 21 KOs) and David "The Destroyer" Lopez (41-13, 23 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico.
In the other featured bout, former world champion Kermit "EL Asesino" Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs) will drop back down to welterweight to face Chicago slugger Adrian "EL Tigre" Granados (11-2-1, 7 KOs).
Acevedo answered some questions about himself:
Q: How did training camp go?
Roberto Acevedo: My training camp has gone as always: great. I'm learning something new every day! I'm at a level where I'm like a sponge; taking in everything my trainers Chico Rivas and John David Jackson show me. I'm getting great sparring with great fighters like Sergey Kovalev and Marcus Upshaw.
Q: You're heading into the biggest test of your career, are you ready?
RA: I don't consider this fight to be the biggest test of my life, since I did my pro-debut against a guy that had a great amateur background and was part of the Junior Olympic also he competed at the AIBA Semi-Pro tournament. But I still train hard for Littleton since I know that he's as hungry as I am.
Q: What made you want to take this fight?
RA: I was encouraged to take the fight to show everyone that my career is not a given or made-up record. I always want to fight with the best to prove to myself that I'm the best!
Q: What do you know about Littleton?
RA: I know he's human and his nothing supernatural. He has the same things that I have. I let my manager and team do their work on studying him, I concentrate on my training and winning March 22. I also know that he want to create his own weight division by requesting to fight at a lower weight 164lbs... I know super middle weight is at 168.
Q: How do you handle pressure?
RA: There's no pressure, I apply the pressure... I'm easy and calm. This is just one more fight; one more W to my record.
Q: What would a victory mean to you?
RA: When I win this fight, I will be a step more in my career. I will prove to everyone that there is a new face taking over in the super middleweight division and that face has a name: Roberto Acevedo!
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