Herman Caicedo, Acquinity’s master mechanic

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Professional boxers are the high performance sport cars of athletes. Finely-tuned, high speed precision punching machines, they require constant care and attention to detail. It takes a special knowledge and patience to prepare a fighter for peak execution in their next bout–requiring one hundred percent of a trainer’s focus.

Now imagine preparing eight separate fighters to accomplish that goal in a single night.

That is exactly what Acquinity Sports head trainer Herman Caicedo has in mind for his “fleet” of boxers on November 30th. In addition to Joan Guzman’s WBA World light welterweight championship main event, Caicedo prepares Acquinity’s world-ranked undercard fighters to deliver the “Beatdown 2012” from the BB&T Center. He gave Fightnews some insight into the success of his training “mechanics” this afternoon.

Herman, as the head trainer for Acquinity Sports, you oversee a full stable of world-ranked boxing talent. How many fighters are you currently training for the November 30th “Beatdown 2012” card?

I do oversee Acquinity fighters, currently there are eight fighters at my gym.

How do you keep it all organized?

It’s not easy keeping it all organized, but the key is great staff. Trust and respect all those involved and it all works smoothly. Proper instruction and leaving nothing for guess work. I over-spell things out for them.

You were recently joined by a boxing legend and new assistant trainer in the form of Micky Ward. What impact has he had on you and the team?

Yes, we are very fortunate to have a boxing icon and legend along side with us here at the gym. It only adds value to what Acquinity is trying to do, and legitimizes all the fighters on the roster. Mickey would not waste his time if there was no future champs here

The main event is headlined by your fighter, Joan Guzman, who has come in on weight and knocked out each opponent faced under your stewardship. How have you kept him so focused?

Joan is fighting the main event for the vacant 140lb WBA World title. I did what I do with all fighters whom I train: treat them with respect, encourage them to be better, push them hard and correct mistakes. This may sound like a simple enough formula but it takes ten to twelve hour days seven days a week. You as a coach must commit 1000%.

Trust the experts in doing their part, but yet oversee to know when things are being done wrong or progress is not going well. Catching the errors in the gym not at the fights and going back to the ever so popular drawing board.

This takes full time hours!

Guzman hopes to claim the vacant WBA World light welterweight title in this fight against undefeated IBO World light welterweight champ Khabib Allakhverdiev. What challenges does Khabib present?

Khabib is young and naive enough to believe he can win. He is also a southpaw. No one wants to fight a southpaw, with the exception of PacMan. So other than that he’s a pretty tough, durable, undefeated fighter coming to win. We will be ready.

John David Jackson has signed on to train Allakhverdiev for the fight. Do you ever analyze the opposing trainer’s techniques for opportunities?

No not really, I know John, he’s a great coach and Khabib is in good hands. But the fighters have to fight not the coaches. When the bell rings we walk down the steps.

Micky Ward said Guzman is a “young” thirty-six year old, meaning he hasn’t taken the same kind of punishment Ward endured in his career. How do you see this fight and beyond playing out for Joan?

Mickey is correct in his statement, I think Joan will be too much for Khabib to handle and Joan will stop him in the later rounds. Khabib will have to try again some other time to be champ. On that night there will be no stopping Joan Guzman!

The Beatdown 2012 card will be broadcast nationally Friday, November 30th on Bounce TV (WFLX Fox 29 locally in Palm Beach County) and The Pursuit Channel (Channel 240 Dish and 604 DirecTV).

Doors open at 3:30, first bell at 4:00PM.

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