Unbeaten tremendous middleweight Carlos Gongora (19-0 14 KOs) desires to construct on his newfound fame as he prepares to defend his IBO title towards Christopher Pearson (17-2 12 KOs at Arduous Rock Dwell at Arduous Rock Seminole Arduous Rock Lodge & On line casino Hollywood, Fl. this Saturday on DAZN. Gongora returns to the scene of his greatest win within the paid ranks, his dramatic twelfth spherical KO victory over Ali Akhmedov on the Arduous Rock On line casino in December to land the strap he places on the road towards Pearson).
The timing of the win and his subsequent take care of promoter Eddie Hearn couldn’t have come at a greater time for the Ecuadorian, who admits he was getting annoyed together with his lack of alternatives.
The 31 yr outdated has been hailed in his homeland and is pushed on by his household to attain much more, and that begins with a profitable protection towards Pearson, earlier than focusing on the large title showdowns.
“I went by some fairly arduous instances,” mentioned Gongora. “I nonetheless saved my hopes up, the desire to maintain preventing, the dream of turning into a World champion, and it got here, thank God.
“I used to be coaching with Hector Bermudez and I saved up my coaching. He was the one who was all the time pushing me to coach and practice and practice, as a result of I used to be actually unmotivated, as a result of I’ve my household and I’m right here preventing, greater than something. Making an attempt to maintain pushing ahead for them, so not getting battle makes it tough to remain motivated.
“Hector was all the time telling me to maintain going, hold coaching. He would push me. And we saved coaching, we stayed in form, and I informed myself I’d been right here a very long time and wasn’t going to battle.
“So, I went again to Ecuador and stayed there some time, I used to be coaching however not at 100 per cent. I used to be occurring runs and staying in form, till they referred to as me to inform me we had a battle with Akhmedov and we solely had round 15 days to organize.
“I went into the second spherical and obtained hit by a very highly effective shot, I imply, he hit me behind my head. However I had that may… the desire to battle, that may get me by these moments. We saved enhancing because the rounds went on and, on this case, method prevailed and the preparation I made in an effort to win the battle.
“I actually, actually needed to win it. I needed to reap the benefits of this chance that offered itself. It was one thing that helped me keep on my ft. I mentioned I wouldn’t go down till the ultimate bell rang, and that pushed me ahead till I obtained the victory.
“My uncle is Segundo Mercado. He’s somebody who fought for World championships. He fought Bernard Hopkins, he challenged twice for the World title. He couldn’t get them, however I adopted in his footsteps and obtained the World title. My household motivates me and people who find themselves fighters inspire me, those all the time persevering and pushing ahead, they don’t simply sit again, they usually put within the work for all their accomplishments.
“The individuals had been very joyful the place I’m from, within the Napa province, as a result of they noticed me develop up as an athlete, they usually have been so excited up to now. They contemplate me their athlete in that province and lots of people within the nation. I acquired a number of messages from many individuals, many individuals from different nations, Ecuadorians who’re based mostly in different nations. I’m very proud to have this achievement.
“The factor is that many boxers get caught on one fashion, they usually all the time keep in the identical fashion, so it turns into predictable. So, we’re all the time altering and that’s essential. To maintain enhancing as an athlete, not getting too comfy and getting caught.
“With a view to grow to be primary, you must battle the perfect, so I’m ready for the chance to current itself to battle towards Canelo Alvarez. It’s a dream I’ve all the time had since I began boxing professionally, and that’s what I hold chasing, and hoping that someday the chance to battle him will current itself.
“I haven’t truly had the chance to actually meet Eddie Hearn correctly but. I’m wanting ahead to seeing him in Florida and shake his hand, to thank him for the chance that he’s offered me to advance my profession.”