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Cesar Seda: “I want to become a world champion in four weights”

By Anson Wainwright


When Puerto Rican Cesar Seda took his unbeaten record on the road to Argentina to face WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez in April, it was going to be a tough task for him to return home with the world title. Though Seda lost on points, he put up the sort of performance that showed his vast potential. The loss certainly hasn’t hurt the 25-year-old southpaw’s reputation at all as he’s rightly thought of as one of the top super flyweights on the planet. Now, at 20-1 (15), Seda will make his return on Friday in his birthplace of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Another title shot may not be too far away as he’s currently ranked six by the WBA and number five by the WBO whilst he’s rated at number nine by The Ring magazine.




Anson Wainwright – Firstly, last time out, you fought Omar Narvaez for his WBO 115-pound title. What are your thoughts on that fight? Was it just a case of him being a little more experienced than you?



Cesar Seda – Well, it was a great fight. I thought, probably, the best fighter at the lower weights and I gave a great fight but I came up short.




AW - Your next fight will be against Jose Silveira. What can you tell us about that fight and what do you know about him? Apparently, this has been the third change of opponent. Has this affected you or your expectations in any way? What happened to previous opponent Yan Barthelemy? Will the fight still be at 115?  




CS - It’s going to be a tough fight. Silveira is a world [IBA bantamweight] champ and he’s coming to get the win. It’s only the first change and last one but it’s OK. I’m prepared to get the win. The fight is on at 118. Barthelemy’s team, to my knowledge, demanded some things that were out of place. 




AW - What are your thoughts on the current world champions at super flyweight, the WBC’s Tomas Rojas, the WBA’s Hugo Cazares/Tepparith Singwancha, the IBF’s Cristian Mijares and the WBO’s Omar Narvaez?




CS - They are all great fighters or else they wouldn’t have got there as well. Hopefully, one of them will give me the opportunity to face them.




AW - Could you tell us about your team; who is your manager, trainer and promoter? Also, what gym do you regularly train at?




CS - My manager and trainer is my father, Cesar Seda Sr. My promoters are Javier Bustillo and Gary Shaw. I train where I was born, in Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico.




AW – Could you tell us a little about your team, Team Puerto Rico, and the impact on boxing you guys hope to make?




CS - It is a great honour to be part of Team Puerto Rico. The purpose of the team is to become part of the island’s boxing history.




AW - Could you tell us about your early years growing up in Ponce, Puerto Rico?




CS - Great times…I had a great childhood.




AW - How did you first become interested in and then involved in boxing? Could you take us through how it worked out?




CS - When I was growing up, my father was also a boxer of Felix Trinidad Sr.’s stable and I grew up in that [environment] and one day decided to do it and never left it ever since.




AW` - Puerto Rico has a wonderful boxing tradition with the likes of Carlos Ortiz, Wilfredo Gomez, Felix Trinidad and more recently, Miguel Cotto, “JuanMa” Lopez and Ivan Calderon. Could you talk to us about those fighters and what sort of influence those guys have on you?




CS – Well, the one that influenced me the most was Trinidad. He was a great boxer and even better individual.




AW - Away from boxing, tell us about yourself as a person. What do you like to do with your spare time? 




CS – Well, I’m a barber. What I do is cut hair where I live. I’ve taken classes, accredited myself and now, I have a little barber shop in Juana Diaz, PR.




AW - What do you want to achieve in your boxing career?




CS - I want to become a world champion in four weights. I already did 112 [Seda won the IBO flyweight title beating Omar Soto by eighth round KO in 2009). Hopefully, I can do the same at 115, 118 and 122.




AW - Who were your boxing heroes growing up and who do you enjoy watching today?




CS - Trinidad, it has always been Trinidad. I enjoy watching [Manny] Pacquiao; he’s a great fighter.




AW – Finally, do you have a message for your fans?  




CS – Hi, fans! I will keep giving it my all to give you thrills in my fights.



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