Q & A INTERVIEW WITH UNDEFEATED PROSPECT
By Scott Levinson – Proboxing-Fans.com
ProBoxing-Fans spent some time talking to unbeaten super bantamweight prospect Roman Morales to discuss his career, his future, and his upcoming ESPN-televised bout against tough Russian Khabir Suleymanov March 7 on Friday Night Fights. Morales, from the little-known Central California town of San Ardo, has packed in 17 fights into a 3-year career that has seen him score some nice wins and already emerge on the precipice of contender status. In a division that is picking up steam, Morales will have some chances coming soon to get right in the thick of things.
Here’s what the undefeated Morales had to say:
ProBoxing-Fans.com: You’re coming up on a key spot of your career and starting to get more exposure, with the quality of your opposition picking up. What’s your mindset as you approach this pivotal part of your career?
Roman Morales: To keep fighting tougher opponents and climb up the ladder and get better fights.
You’re fighting Khabir Suleymanov on ESPN Friday Night Fights on March 7. You’ve fought on a couple cards together at Chumash Casino. Have you seen him?
RM: Yeah, I’ve seen him once I think it was. He fought on the same card as me and he lost. He seems like a really tough opponent, a good veteran.
You’re not looking past Suleymanov obviously, but is there one fight you would like to get?
RM: Well, the thing about that is we try to stay focused on whoever we fight next, like my opponent I’m gonna fight on the 7th. Actually, a long time before, a fighter I wanted to fight later on in the future was Abner Mares. I’d like to fight him in the future–that would be pretty awesome. I just don’t really think about that much now. My coach will tell me “Hey you’re gonna fight this guy next. Stay focused on him.”
You’re going to be fighting in a ten-rounder on March 7. Your last fight was your first one to go ten rounds. How important was it to get that fight under your belt to prove to yourself you can go ten rounds, so maybe you can focus more on boxing and not on pacing yourself?
Tickets for the Gary Shaw Productions event, priced at $150, $100, $50 and $25, go on sale this Friday February 7 at 10:00 am PST and can be purchased at Pala Resort Casino Box office, at the Pala Privileges Center, or by calling 1-877-WIN-PALA. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.startickets.com or by calling 1-800-585-3737.
The Pala Casino Resort and Spa is located at 11154 Hwy 76, Pala, CA 92059. Doors open at 5:00 p.m, first fight starts at 5:30 p.m (PST). ESPN “Friday Night Fights” telecast begins at 9:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST.