Mario Rodriguez - First I want to thank you about the congratulations. It was a hard fight. We fought on the inside. We threw lots of punches.
AW - There are rumours you may go to South Africa for a rematch. What can you tell us about that?
MR - They told us about that, a possible rematch in South Africa if the fight was very close. If they contact us, it will be a pleasure for me to pay them the visit to South Africa.
AW - Who are the members of your team? Also where do you regularly train?
MR – Well, my team is my trainer, Jacinto “Cachoron” Diaz. I’ve been with him all my career, his son, Agapito Diaz, and Saul Verdugo, of whom I’m very grateful because, without them, I couldn’t make it happen and win that world title. My promoter is Erik Morales, who I’m very grateful with him as well for giving me this opportunity and having trusted me. I train in Deportivo Pimber Camacho Gym in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico.
AW - At the beginning of your career in your career, you lost many fights. How has this helped you and improved you as a boxer?
MR - That’s right. In my first fights, I had some losses but it helps me to grow up in this sport. I learned more from the losses than victories.
AW - You’re from Guasave, Sinaloa. Could you tell us about your younger days?
MR - When I was younger, I really liked to live in the fields. The life in the fields made me stronger because of the fresh air, very good people and life here. I really enjoy it.
AW - What are your thoughts on the other champions at strawweight?
MR - It could be an exciting to unify.
AW - In 2010, you lost on points to Donnie Nietes in a world title fight. Could you tell us about the experience?
MR - It was a fight where I didn’t have enough experience like right now but I learned a lot in that fight, which has helped me in my career to be a better fighter.
AW - What goals do you have in boxing now that you are a world champion?
MR - Keep training hard in the gym and try to overcome all my goals.
AW - Growing up, who was your boxing idol?
MR - Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and Ricardo “Finito” Lopez.
AW - Do you have a message for the boxing world?
MR - If you really want, you can really do it and make it happen just like I did. Nobody believed in me and I won the world title, thanks to God and my big effort of my training in the gym. Work hard; keep trying until you get it.
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