Ivan Morales - January 19 in Tabasco [Mexico]. My plan for this year is to get the chance for the World Championship.
AW - You come from a fighting family. Two of your older brothers are world champions; Erik is a legend of boxing and Diego was also a world champion. Can you tell us about this?
IM - For me, it is a great honour and a great motivation because if they did it, I can also!
AW - Does having Erik and Diego add pressure for you or help?
IM – [It helps] but in reality, it makes no importance [one way or the other].
AW - You have a tattoo above your eye. Can you tell us about that and what it means and why you had it there?
IM - It has a personal meaning; it is not anything what I like speaking [about].
AW - Who are the members of your team like your manager, trainer and promoter?
IM - Diego Morales (manager and coach), Jose Morales (coach) and Noé Murillo (mitts).
AW - What was your childhood like growing up in Tijuana and having famous brothers?
IM - It was a very nice childhood because I’ve always had a good example in them and they are very loved by the people.
AW - Can you tell us about the path you took into boxing, following your brothers, etc.?
IM - From when I was born, my family was already dedicated to boxing. I saw my brothers train and liked what they were doing and I wanted to be like them.
AW - What do you think of the current world champions in your weight class? How far do you think you are from fighting for a world title?
IM - I think they are excellent and worthy champions. I believe that this year, I will have the opportunity and I am sure that I will win and the rival will not matter. Nobody will stop me from achieving my dream of being a world champion.
AW - When you’re away from boxing, what do you like to do with your time? What are your hobbies and interests?
IM - I like being with my family and friends. I am a person who loves being home very much. I love cinema, cooking, listening to music and playing soccer.
AW - What are your goals in boxing?
IM - To be a world champion in several divisions and retire undefeated.
AW - Who were your boxing idols growing up?
IM - Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De la Hoya, Erik Morales, Diego Morales, Nonito Donaire and Yuriorkis Gamboa.
AW - In closing, do you have a message for the boxing world?
IM - I want to wish [it a] 2013 full of success and do not lose of sight of my career because this year, I will make history.
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