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Jesus Silvestre: “I want to be in history”

Photo © Temmy Villa
Photo © Temmy Villa

While many young boxers in Mexico have turned professional in their mid-teens, Jesus Silvestre hadn’t even laced up a pair of gloves until he was 16. Though he was quick fall in love with the sport and was fast tracked into the pro game even quicker (less than a year later. They don‘t waste time down Mexico way!), he made huge strides. But after just 16 fights (he went 15-1), he was offered a fight with then-WBO strawweight champion Donnie Nietes. Despite being a non-title bout, it wasn’t something Silvestre could pass up and though he was to be stopped in the 10th stanza in the fight (which took place in the Philippines), it was a very important learning experience. He brushed himself off and got back to work, winning a minor title and positioning himself for a shot at the WBA interim 105-pound title in late 2011. Again, Silvestre had to go on the road, this time to Thailand where he met unbeaten Paipharob Kokietgym. Over 12 nip-and-tuck rounds, “Negrito” came up just short, losing a razor-thin unanimous decision. However, 2012 looked to be Sivestre’s year. When Paipharob could no longer make 105, Silvestre took on wily veteran Edwin Diaz. Though it was another tough fight, this time, he prevailed and made a successful first defence late last year, stopping Takuya Mitamura in four rounds to take his record to 26-3 (19). The recently turned 23-year-old was due to kick off 2013 by meeting fellow Mexican Ganigan Lopez in early January. However, a back injury curtailed that and Silvestre’s currently recuperating and aiming to become the “full” WBA champion this year before looking to secure a unification bout.

Anson Wainwright - What are your plans for 2013? When do you hope to fight next? Recently, Ryo Miyazaki won a split decision over Pornsawan Porpramook for the “full” WBA title. Is a fight with Miyazaki something you are looking at in 2013?

Jesus Silvestre - First of all, I will look for the “regular” title and then perform unifications or look for the [WBC] junior flyweight title that Adrian Hernandez obtained. My promoter, Eddy Reynoso, is looking for the opportunity to fight for the “regular” title. I still don’t have date but I’m traininghard for whenever it comes. Of course I would like to fight [Ryo Miyazaki]. I’m looking for that. I want the opportunity and it will be an excellent fight because both of us leave everything in the ring.
AW - Last year, you won the WBA interim strawweight title, outpointing perennial contender Edwin Diaz over the summer. Can you tell us about that fight and what it meant to you to win the title?
JS - First off, I recognized the level of my opponent; he came really prepared. It was a tough fight but thanks to God and to our training, we could get the triumph and get our first world championship. It was the most important triumph in all my entire life and was momentum to get to the big leagues in the boxing. As it is a hard and demanding sport, I’ll begin new goals.

AW -You followed that up with a successful defence against Japan’s Takuya Mitamura, impressively stopping him in four rounds. Can you talk us through that fight?

JS - It was a short fight but with pressure, like against any Japanese-style, infighting warriors, but I prepare for each combat like every champion and I believe I demonstrated good skills. For that reason, I stopped him quick.

AW - You were due to fight on the 5th January against Ganigan Lopez. Why did that fight not take place?
JS - Unfortunately in boxing, it’s a sport of contact and when I was closing preparation in sparring sessions, I suffered an injury in my shoulder and my trainer, for the risk of the outcome of the fight, he didn’t let me fight.

AW - Who are the members of your team, your manager, trainer and promoter? Also where do you regularly train?
JS - My team is Jose “Chepo” Reynoso and Eddy Reynoso. They are the leaders of Canelo Promotions, the boxing company where I belong, and my trainer is the former [junior featherweight and featherweight] world champion Oscar “Chololo” Larios, I train at the boxing academy of Saul Alvarez in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

AW - What is a typical day’s training for you?
JS - The days in the gym are hard because of the good [training] level in the academy and the sparring sessions help me, Horacio Garcia, Carlos Camacho, Jorge Lara and some amateur fighters with good levels. Conditioning, it’s something really important for the boxer. I run between seven to 13 km in the “Bosque de Colomos” and “La Barranca de Oblatos” here in Guadalajara to obtain privacy. The last days, I ran in the track to get velocity. In the gym, the training is composed by skipping rope, mitts, heavy bags, speed bag, shadowboxing and we work on strength and conditioning as well.

AW - Could you tell us about your youth growing up in Nayarit?
JS - All the time, I had given thanks to God because my life was good when I was a kid, not economically but I had a very united family and for me, that is the best thing. I’m studying psychology and I’m very happy because I’ve almost finished the career. I just want to get the absolute title and win another title at junior flyweight to be a champion in two different divisions.

AW - How did you first become interested in boxing?
JS - It was 16 years old. A friend from my childhood took me to a boxing gym to see how boxers train. I saw the dedication and hard work of the young boxers and I got interested in boxing.

AW - What do you think of the strawweight division and the current champions, the WBC’s Xiong Zhao Zhong, the WBA’s Ryo Miyazaki, the IBF’s Mario Rodriguez the WBO’s Moises Fuentes?

JS - I believe they are great fighters and would love to fight anyone anytime. I train to fight with the best because I want to be the best.

AW - You fought Donnie Nietes for in 2010. He stopped you in 10 rounds. Can you tell us about that fight and how it helped make you a better fighter?

JS - It was a hard fight. It wasn’t the appropriate moment to match Nietes. I didn’t have enough experience; however, it helped me a lot to develop myself in this sport.
AW - Away from boxing, can you tell us about yourself, if you could tell us about your family life, what your interests are and if you have to work a day job?

JS - I have two sisters, my parents and a baby. We are a united family and always they support me in everything. Now I work in the University Autonoma of Nayarit and my most important interest - it’s finish my career; achieve a great future and family.

AW - Who was your boxing hero growing up? Who do you look up to and look to learn from today?
JS - Julio Cesar Chavez is my idol and Erik Morales is whom I had learn from him all that time.

AW - In closing, do you have a message for the strawweight division?
JS - Train to your maximum effort. I’m looking to fight for the absolute title first and then unifications. I want to be in the history and I would not let anybody to ruin my dreams.
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