He will not be a well known super-middleweight champion, however IBO title holder Carlos Gongora believes he can combine it with the very best.
Gongora (19-0, 14 KOs) sprang to prominence with a final gasp, 12th spherical stoppage of Kazakh hope Ali Akhmedov to win the vacant IBO crown in December. That stirring victory caught the attention of promoter Eddie Hearn who provided the unbeaten Ecuadorian a deal.
Now Gongora is hopefully eyeing unified world champion Canelo Alvarez and the super-middleweight division’s elite, assuming he navigates his first defence in opposition to American Christopher Pearson (17-2, 12 KOs) on the Demetrius Andrade vs Liam Williams undercard on the Seminole Exhausting Rock Lodge and On line casino, Hollywood, in Florida this Saturday.
Having beforehand struggled for recognition in boxing’s shadows, Gongora believes he’s now on the cusp of defining fights.
“I went by some fairly laborious instances,” mentioned Gongora. “I nonetheless saved my hopes up, the desire to maintain combating, the dream of changing into a world champion, and it got here, thank God.
“Hector [Bermudez] was at all times telling me to maintain going, maintain coaching. He would push me. And we saved coaching, we stayed in form and I advised myself I’d been [in America] a very long time and wasn’t going to combat. 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 happening runs and staying in form, till they referred to as me to inform me we had a combat with Akhmedov and we solely had round 15 days to arrange.
“I went into the second spherical and obtained hit by a extremely highly effective shot, I imply, he hit me behind my head. However I had that can… the desire to combat, that can get me by these moments. We saved bettering because the rounds went on and, on this case, approach prevailed and the preparation I made with a purpose to win the combat.
“I actually, actually wished to win it. I wished to reap the benefits of this chance that introduced itself. It was one thing that helped me keep on my toes. 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.
“With a view to turn into primary, it’s a must to combat the very best, so I’m ready for the chance to current itself to combat in opposition to Canelo Alvarez. It’s a dream I’ve at all times had since I began boxing professionally, and that’s what I maintain chasing and hoping that in the future the chance to combat him will current itself.”
Major picture: Matchroom Boxing.