Former WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon has vowed to regain the WBO 108lb belt by decision when he faces current 108-pound king Giovani Segura in a rematch on April 2 at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. “I believe this fight will be different because I will box more,” says Calderon from his Puerto Rico-based training camp. “I will leave Mexico with my belt. Mexicans don’t like to watch my style of boxing but I don’t care if they yell or boo. I will fight my fight and make the judges love my style, so I get the decision.”
“Everything has been real good and I’m already at 110 pounds. I’m working hard in training to make sure that I do better than I did in the first fight against Segura. My fans will be in Mexico with me in spirit. I know a lot of people will be booing me there, but I know how to control that and remain focused in the ring.
Calderon added, “My first loss has me hungrier and I’m training differently. For the first time in 10 years I’m not living at home with my family. I stay at camp and live in my trainer’s house; it’s just me and him, none of my family around. I’ve also been doing more work with weights to strengthen my arms and legs.
“I didn’t train right for our first fight. My leg muscles were injured. I couldn’t run and training days were suspended in the gym. I usually spar 100 rounds but all I had was 45 for the last fight. No excuses, he did the job, but that wasn’t the Ivan everybody knows. I need to be able to move my legs to control the fight. I couldn’t move because of my legs and he worked my body good. I had to go toe-to-toe with him. He controlled the fight.
“He’s not a good technical fighter, but he’s strong and keeps pressure on his opponent. He did hurt me with body shots. He’s not a real 108-pound fighter; he’s a natural 112-115 pounder. He was real hungry to knock me out and he did the job.”