When unbeaten featherweight Gabino Saenz (9-0-1, 7 KOs) of Indio, California, checks into the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas this week he will be carrying quite a few textbooks. His finals are scheduled in two weeks at Cal State-San Bernardino. If all goes well, Gabino will get his B.A. in Business.
“I’ve been studying for a long time for this,” he said from camp today. “But then I really have an amazing life when you consider all that I am doing.”
Gabino will be in the ring this Saturday, taking on Giorgio Mitchedishvili in a six round featherweight bout on Top Rank’s big fight card at the Hard Rock.
For the fight Gabino has been training at the Indio Team Center in Southern California. His father has been training him since he was 11 years old. Ray Bradley, father of world champion Timothy Bradley, is a trainer who deals with Gabino’s conditioning, fight night strategies and new training techniques.
Gabino runs each morning at 6 am in the desert heat.
“My running schedule varies – from distance to track work to conditioning,” he said.
Then he goes to the Indio Team Center to help train younger amateur fighters, from 8th grade to 12th grade.
“They are hungry to learn,” Gabino said. “I really enjoy helping them. It means a lot to me.”
At 5 pm, Gabino begins his daily training.
“I am training hard, because I know that Top Rank has been increasing the quality of my opponents each and every fight.
“When I go into the ring on fight night I first think about all of the sacrifices my family has done to get me where I am today – promoted by Top Rank, managed by Cameron Dunkin. That is a big deal and I know my opponents are trying to defeat me and take all of this away from me. That is what I am thinking about just before the bell rings,” he said.
The fight week festivities for Gabino begin when he gets into town on Thursday, then gets onto the scale on Friday 4 pm in the Muse Ballroom at the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino.
It will be his birthday.
Gabino Saenz will be 24 this Friday.
Tickets are $50, $25 plus applicable fees and are available at the Hard Rock Box Office and at Ticketmaster.com