“Boxeo Telemundo’s” main event this Friday will feature two time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City, Mexico (26-10-2, 14 KOs) challenging current WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-1-2, 13 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with Mabait’s title at stake. Site of the fightcard will be the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones are presenting the event.
A native of Mexico City, Hernandez will have the support of many of the locals. He will also have experience on his side. Though he has 12 years as a pro, the former two time world title challenger is still very young at just 27. Hernandez says that he is hungry, more mature, and experienced now. He hopes that all of these things combined will lead him to victory this Friday night.
You have challenged for a world title twice. Though you were unsuccessful both times, what do you feel you gained from those fights?
Both fights were very different. In the first world title challenge against Omar Narvaez, I was just 22 years old and not very experienced for someone of the likes of a Narvaez. He was unbeaten then and really seemed at his peak. He definitely beat me that night but I learned so much from that fight, though I lost a decision. In my second world title fight against then champion Marvin Sonsona, I will be very honest with you. I thought I won that fight but it makes me work that much harder to get back into that position to challenge again to win a world title.
You’re only 27 years of age but you have been fighting professionally for well over a decade. Physically how are you feeling?
I feel really refreshed. I took a break from boxing. Kind of like a semi-retirement. The break was good for me both mentally and physically. Now I’m ready to get back into the world title picture and make another run at it.
Do you know much about Marvin Mabait?
I know a little about him but I’m not one to study much video on an opponent. The reason being is that you can get caught up in studying an opponent and then the night of the fight they can fight a totally different way. We have a gameplan and I’m focusing on me doing what I have been training to do.
For a good portion of your career, you fought in the flyweight divisions where you challenged for the world titles. This fight with Mabait is at bantamweight. Do you feel that you have grown into a legitimate bantamweight now?
I really do. I feel really good at this weight and think this is where I should be fighting now.
Though you’re not much older than Mabait, you do have a lot more experience than he does. Do you see this as an advantage for you?
I do believe it will work in my favor. If anyone looks at the list of fighters that I have fought, they will see quality opposition. Aside from the world champions, others that I fought went on to become world champions after I fought them. All of these fights have given me the valuable experience that I now have.
You have become a familiar face to the many fans who have tuned into watch Boxeo Telemundo shows over the years. You’re now nearing double figures of appearances on the program. How ironic is it for you to be back on the network again in pursuit of a world title?
I was only 20 when I made my first appearance on a Boxeo Telemundo program. Very good opportunties have followed my wins on the show. I am very appreciative to the network for the opportunity to get my face and name back out there and hope like in the past this will lead me to another world title fight.