Cuba vs. Mexico Countdown: Isaac Muñoz (MEX)

Today, talks with Mexico Guerreros Light Heavyweight (81kg) Isaac Muñoz. Unbeaten on his home soil, Muñoz will however face a tough task in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) Exhibition Match against Cuba Domadores Julio César la Cruz, a 2011 World Champion.

During the last WSB season, you won all of your home fights but always lost away. Just a few days away from your bout against La Cruz, are you counting again on home advantage?
I think that being the host of an event is always important. But I am very well prepared for this fight and I will not leave anything to chance.

La Cruz is currently no 3 in the AIBA World Ranking. What makes him such a powerful boxer? 
I think he is a very strong fighter and has a lot of experience. That is his greatest strength.

How do you intend to box him? 
He is a fighter who always goes forward, attacking. So the strategy is to fight smart and not to rush.

Do you count on the altitude, to give you an extra advantage?
I don’t think so. Cubans have a lot of experience competing in different parts of the world. We saw that at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara in 2011. Although the city is at a considerable altitude, it did not prevent the Cuban boxers from obtaining fantastic results.

Tell us about your training and what your diet is as you prepare for this fight.

The whole team is training at the Mexican Olympic Committee. There are two training sessions per day. We start very early at 6AM and in total we train 5 to 6 hours a day. I eat healthy, varied food to remain in top shape.

What the WSB means in your boxing career?
It has given me a huge experience by competing against excellent fighters from around the globe.

What are the three things that you enjoy the most about the WSB? 
Representing my country, the international exposure that it gives us and the whole experience that makes me grow as a boxer.

Who was your inspiration in your early years and how did your boxing career start? 
Since I am a kid, I watch boxing fights on TV. I was fascinated by Mexican champions and I wanted to be like them.

What is the best advice your coach has ever given you?
Never give up and have dedication in training.