Undefeated at 8-0, (3 KO’s), Aparicio is excited to fight in his hometown. He turned pro in September of 2018 and has been perfect so far.
Hot ‘Lanta should see some serious heat on June 19 and I’m not just talking about blistering summer temperatures. There will be lots of action, that should send the thermometer heading north, at the Buckhead Fight Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Former world champion Yuri Foreman will continue his trek to (what he hopes will be) another world title shot when he headlines a card that should see lots of great bouts with undefeated prospects like Earleonta Evans, Floyd Schofield and Nafear Charles, among others, in support fights.
A fighter to keep an eye on, in the chief under card slot, is unbeaten, Mexico-born, Atlanta-residing featherweight prospect Abel Aparicio who will be in his first fight at home since a harrowing ordeal that saw him detained by ICE officials in 2019 in Florida.
Some (unwanted) out of the ring drama, saw Aparicio held for more than a week, under Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s custody, at a detention center in Miami, Florida. Aparicio was detained by border patrol after a traffic stop in the Florida Keys where he was with friends on vacation. Living in the U.S. since 2013, Aparicio didn’t have proper identification on him and that is where the problems started. But, all that is behind him and he is happy to be squaring off in Georgia’s capital city to show the local boxing fans what he can do.
Undefeated at 8-0, (3 KO’s), Aparicio is excited to fight in his hometown. He turned pro in September of 2018 and has been perfect in 8 bouts so far. In a recent interview, it was clear that the polite, well-spoken featherweight was looking forward to getting in front of an Atlanta audience to show them why he is a fighter to keep an eye on.
"I’m a little nervous, and excited, to be fighting at home. But, I know once I get in the ring, all those nerves will go away and I will be focused on putting on a good performance and getting the win," he said.
Heading into his 9th fight as a pro, it will only be his 3rd fight in the last 6 months. However, considering Covid restrictions, that have greatly affected live events, that isn’t too bad. And, he is more than ready.
"The shutdowns from Covid have been tough, for everyone," he said. “But we just kept training and working hard, kept focused and working all the time in the gym so when things opened up I was in shape and ready. I am in good shape and just looking forward to getting in the ring and fighting at home," he said. “After this fight, I will speak with my team and see what is next. I want to fight as often as possible, stay as busy as I can," he said.
While it is early days in his career, asked what he felt were his strengths that he brings to the ring
and it is clear that Abel feels he can bring a bit of everything.
"I feel I can box and I can punch," he said. “The big thing is that you have to adapt as a fight goes on and things change in the bout. I know how to adapt to different styles, and I am excited to show that on the 19th," he continued. “My ultimate goal is a world title one day, every fighter dreams of that. I’m looking forward to getting in the ring and performing on this card. I want to work hard and get to the top, fight the big dogs one day.”