Today we interview the highly rated Marvin Cabrera of the Mexico Guerreros Boxing team as he prepares for his historic bout against Olympic champion Roneil Sotolongo of the Cuba Domadores team.
The World Series of Boxing (WSB) exhibition match (scheduled for August 29th and 30th 2013) is set to pitch twenty of the best boxers in the world against each other. It will be an important event in the world of sports, marking the first time in fifty years that Cuba has allowed its boxers to compete in pro-style.
Cabrera vs Sotolongo is expected to be one of the best bouts of the match. Cabrera the number one ranked Welterweight (69kg) in the WSB last season, fighting at home against one of the best AIBA Open Boxing (AOB-formerly called amateur boxing) champions in modern times. We ask him how he is preparing for the event:
You were unbeaten in the last WSB season, defeating all six opponents. What is your physical and mental conditioning like today?
I was undefeated last season and hope repeat that feat this year, I feel strong, motivated and excited because I am going against a great from the world of AOB boxing.
Your opponent in the Exhibition match will be the current Olympic Champion Roniel Sotolongo. What is Sotolongo’s most dangerous weapon?
I think his technique is very good but his speed is his best weapon.
How do you intend to counter it?
We are working with the coaches on a strategy to face this dangerous opponent. That’s all I will say at this time.
Do you think that the altitude will give you an advantage?
At this level no one has an advantage; everybody comes well prepared for the conditions and altitude in Mexico.
Do you think Sotolongo will have a hard time making 5 rounds?
As I said he will come well prepared and consequently I don’t intend to wait about, hoping the altitude affects him, I will give 100% in the ring.
Tell us about your training and diet as you prepare for this fight.
We are working very hard for this fight, technically, physically and mentally. At 6:30 am, we have a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) session which finishes with a run to the gym. We finish running around 9:30. Then we have breakfast (fruit, eggs, cheese), rest and at 1 pm we have our next training session which combines technique, tactics, strength and speed. We finish around 3:30 pm. At lunch we have stew with vegetables, legumes and natural water. In the evening for dinner we’ll eat something like cereal or oatmeal and fruit. In total we have around 5 hours a day of training at the Mexican Olympic Committee (CDOM) facilities.
What is your best boxing career moment so far?
It is hard to pick just one moment but I think in general, last season in the WSB I had very good results.
How did you start boxing?
My dad was a professional boxer, he instilled the love of the sport in me and I went into it for obvious reasons. It is my greatest passion in life. My first fight was on January 6, 2000 and I won thanks to god.
What is best advice your coach ever gave you?
“Humility is the basis of success” and that I need to make sure my right hand always lands with 100% power and accuracy.
What makes you a great boxer?
My work ethic, discipline and passion.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like being with my family and sharing my time with the people who have always supported me. I’m also studying for a career and I believe in God above all things. I have a love for photography and taking pictures is one of my hobbies.
What is the song that gets you going before a fight?
It’s a song called Creeré by Tercer Cielo