We caught up with El Paso’s undefeated middleweight prospect Abie Han (16-0, 10 KO’s) two days before his most important fight to date, against Farmington’s Joseph Gomez (18-5-1, 8 KO’s) at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso.
The fight will be on the undercard of the HBO televised Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee card, though Han’s fight will not be televised. Gomez and Han will be going eight rounds in the ring. Gomez last fought in Ignacio, CO and won an eight round unanimous decision against El Paso’s Bernardo Guereca (16-14-1, 3 KO’s) in March. Han’s most recent fight also occurred in March of this year against Azerbaijan’s Rahman Yusubov (8-8, 6 KO’s) in Arizona.
Here is what the El Paso native had to say about his upcoming fight:
How are planning on fighting Joe Gomez?
We are looking to get in there and see what he gives me, take my time and try to take him down.
Would you say he’s your toughest opponent to date?
I won’t know that until I fight him, I’m expecting to see the toughest Joseph Gomez anyone has seen.
How has training been going?
I’ve been sparring with Austin Trout as well as Timothy Meek. This has been the toughest training camp I’ve been in. I’ve been driving back and forth from El Paso. My body feels the strongest its ever been.
How do you feel about not only fighting in front of your hometown crowd, but the biggest crowd in your career?
I’m just excited.
Have you given any thought to your next move after this fight?
No, I leave that up to my manager.
Will your fight be televised?
No, but it will be streamed on www.toprank.com.
Are you expecting a big cheering section for you?
Yes, this is my hometown and I expect to have a lot of support on Saturday night.