By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: German Villasenor/Team Ponce De Leon
WBC featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) has begun his preparation for his March 2 fight against undefeated Puerto Rican Jayson Velez (20-0, 15 KOs). Ponce de Leon looked very strong landing solid punches on his sparring partners as he spared ten full rounds at his boxing gym the Ponce de Leon Boxing Club in Montebello, California.
“I have been in the gym working out but just recently have stepped it up a hundred percent and focusing on my next fight. Overall its going good,” Ponce de Leon told Fightnews.com.
The champion talked about his upcoming fight with Jayson Velez and what his opponent brings to the ring. “March 2 I am fighting Jayson Velez, an undefeated talented fighter that is a bit taller than me with 15 knockouts and a good punch so I have a good fight ahead,” Ponce de Leon said.
The young undefeated Puerto Rican fighter will have the biggest test of his career against Ponce de Leon. Velez is coming off a brutal third round TKO over Salvador Sanchez, nephew of Mexican great the late Salvador Sanchez, in winning the vacant WBC Silver featherweight title. However, Velez has yet to face or be tested by a fighter with the experience of Ponce de Leon.
The Mexican fighter looks to use his experience to his advantage.
“I definitely have more experience than him. Just look at the amount of fights I have, I have more years in the sport as a former Olympian, and the quality of opponents I have fought. However I will not be overconfident going into the fight,” Ponce de Leon told Fightnews.com.
He will be making the first defense of his WBC title he won last September by defeating Jhonny Gonzalez by an eight round technical decision. In that fight De Leon was the stronger man and it was evident he was landing the stronger punches. Knocking down Gonzalez in round six and two rounds later Gonzalez suffered a cut due to an accidental head butt as De Leon went on to win on all three judges cards.
“I was looking for that fight for the longest time I had been challenging him for a long time and the opportunity came and I took advantage of it.”
Daniel Ponce de Leon vs. Jayson Velez will take place Saturday March, 2 for the WBC featherweight title. This fight will also continue the rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico as both countries share a great boxing tradition and will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing from the Apollo Theatre in New York.
“I am going into hostile territory but only Velez and I will be in the ring. Quite frankly I am focused in the ring during the fight. I can’t hear anything so in all honesty it don’t bother me going into a pro-Puerto Rican crowed.
“The rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico has always been a strong one because Mexican and Puerto Rican fighters are great and always make great fights. Expect me to come out and give a great fight as I will come out victorious,” Ponce de Leon concluded.
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