Carlos Gongora needs to construct on his newfound fame as he prepares to defend his IBO world tremendous middleweight title in opposition to Christopher Pearson at Onerous Rock Reside at Onerous Rock Seminole Onerous Rock Resort & On line casino Hollywood, Fl. on Saturday April 17, reside worldwide on DAZN.
Gongora (19-0 14 KOs) returns to the scene of his greatest win within the paid ranks, his dramatic twelfth spherical KO victory over Kazakh expertise Ali Akhmedov on the Onerous Rock On line casino in December to land the strap he places on the road in opposition to Pearson (17-2 12 KOs).
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 previous has been hailed in his homeland and is pushed on by his household to attain much more, and that begins with a profitable protection in opposition to Pearson, earlier than concentrating on the massive identify showdowns.
“I went by some fairly exhausting instances,” stated Gongora. “I nonetheless stored my hopes up, the need to maintain combating, the dream of turning into a World champion, and it got here, thank God.
“I used to be coaching with Hector Bermudez and I stored up my coaching. He was the one who was at all times pushing me to coach and prepare and prepare, as a result of I used to be actually unmotivated, as a result of I’ve my household and I’m right here combating, greater than something. Attempting to maintain pushing ahead for them, so not getting struggle makes it troublesome to remain motivated.
“Hector was at all times telling me to maintain going, maintain coaching. He would push me. And we stored coaching, we stayed in form, and I instructed myself I’d been right here a very long time and wasn’t going to struggle.
“So, I went again to Ecuador and stayed there some time, I used to be coaching however not at one hundred pc. I used to be occurring runs and staying in form, till they known as me to inform me we had a struggle with Akhmedov and we solely had round 15 days to arrange.
“I went into the second spherical and acquired hit by a very highly effective shot, I imply, he hit me at the back of my head. However I had that may… the need to struggle, that may get me by these moments. We stored bettering because the rounds went on and, on this case, method prevailed and the preparation I made so as to win the struggle.
“I actually, actually wished to win it. I wished to benefit from this chance that introduced itself. It was one thing that helped me keep on my toes. I stated I wouldn’t go down till the ultimate bell rang, and that pushed me ahead till I acquired 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 acquired the world title. My household motivates me and people who find themselves fighters inspire me, those at all times 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 comfortable 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 think about me their athlete in that province and lots of people within the nation. I obtained a whole lot of messages from many individuals, many individuals from different international locations, Ecuadorians who’re based mostly in different international locations. I’m very proud to have this achievement.
“The factor is that many boxers get caught on one fashion, they usually at all times keep in the identical fashion, so it turns into predictable. So, we’re at all times altering and that’s necessary. To maintain bettering as an athlete, not getting too snug and getting caught.
“In an effort to develop into primary, it’s important to struggle the very best, so I’m ready for the chance to current itself to struggle 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 struggle him will current itself.
“I haven’t really had the chance to actually meet Eddie Hearn correctly but. I’m trying ahead to seeing him in Florida and shake his hand, to thank him for the chance that he’s introduced me to advance my profession.”