The personable, friendly young fighter recently signed to Los Angeles based Sheer Sports Management and is living and training in Santa Monica, California. In a recent chat, Edwin expressed his excitement about his imminent pro debut as he is more than excited to be stepping through the ropes for the first time as a professional.
“I’m hoping to turn pro soon. I think I’ll be fighting in Mexico”, he said. “I’ve been training with my new coach [former heavyweight contender] Courage Tshabalala and it has been going really good. We are clicking well.” When not preparing for his pro debut, Edwin is a busy young man who cites music as an extracurricular passion. “I play the guitar and I also play the accordion,” he said. He also busies himself with his education as he pursues college courses at Bakersfield Community College.
Sandoval will fight at 122 when he turns pro but says he may look at “dropping down to 118 if my body feels OK. We’ll see how I feel.” Citing Juan Manuel Marquez as one of his “favorite fighters growing up,” he also expressed his admiration for former multiple world champion Oscar De la Hoya in and out of the ring. “I liked Oscar a lot. He was a great fighter and I admire what he’s done in boxing after his career in the ring was over with,” said Sandoval. “I will be involved in boxing my whole life in some capacity, maybe coaching or managing.”
The young fighter continually pays homage to his Mexican heritage, mining his strong body-punching arsenal with a phenomenal body attack in every round. “My goal is to turn pro and stay busy. I’d like to fight four or five times this year, fight as much as I can. But my ultimate goal is to be a world champion. I really want to win a world championship.”
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