Maturity – it doesn’t apply to everyone. Sometimes you see it in certain young people and not at all in much older ones. The path one takes to maturity varies greatly but the final result is always apparent. Welterweight contender Ed “The Lion” Paredes has it at just 27 years of age. Already a veteran of 35 professional fights (holding the #3 spot in the WBA welterweight ratings, #4 in the WBC and #13 in both the IBF and WBO) Paredes (31-3-1, 21 KOs) feels his biggest and best fights are yet to come.
The stage is set November 30th for Paredes to take another step forward while defending his WBA and WBC Latino belts against hard-punching Mexican Javier “El Terrible” Castro (27-5, 22 KOs). Paredes and Castro will do battle in front of a national TV audience and rabid local fans during the scheduled 10-round co-main event from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, not far from Ed’s home in nearby Hollywood.
The Acquinty Sports 8-bout card is called “Beatdown 2012 and will be shown nationally on BounceTV and The Pursuit Channel (Stations 240 Dish and 604 DirecTV).
Typical of many young men who grow up quickly, Paredes maintains a mature perspective on the truly important things in life—family, faith and focus. While many young boxing “lions” seem centered on having a good time, Paredes often leaves immediately following weigh-ins to pick up his 8-year daughter Jaida.
Although split from his daughter’s mother, Paredes asserts the two carry on amicably. His father, Teofilio also acts as Ed’s manager. His mother, Lourdes supports her son from a distance as she cannot bear to watch him work. The work in front of him November 30th should be fast and furious due to the explosive styles of both fighters.
However, Paredes hinted the grand finale could come sooner than expected; speaking with Fightnews recently from his training camp.
Alright Ed, you’re 27-years old. You’ve already fought 35 fights. How happy are you with the pace of your career so far?
Well I’m very excited with the pace of my career. I’m just looking to keeping it going, I want to keep fighting. I would like to fight every other month if possible. I just want to keep busy. The busier I keep, the more experience I’ll get.
Soon you’ll face Javier Castro, who’s dropped his last 2 fights. Do you feel Castro represents a step up in competition for you?
Well, Castro is a big puncher, um I’ve been busy in the ring this year with my team at Acquinity so this will be a good experience for me. I’m just looking to work on things we’ve been working on in the gym and hopefully come out successful the way I want to.
You own the interim WBO and WBC Latino belts as well as the NABA welterweight title; what belt are you looking to get next?
Well, when I started this sport I wanted a world title belt. I said that I wanted a world title fight by the time my career is done and to win a world title. I’m looking to fight one of the big names.
Anybody in particular?
Anybody my promotional company puts me against. I would like to fight Pacquiao though. That’s the big fight out there that I would really want. Pacquiao and Mayweather. Those are the best two fights out there.
You’ve grown up here in Hollywood. Obviously you’re going to have a huge hometown fan presence, does that put any added pressure on the job at hand tonight?
No, I’m pretty good under pressure. The more fans I have the more I want to perform for them so I think it’s gonna be great.
You admitted recently you didn’t know too much about Castro yet you predicted a knockout in the fight. Can fans expect you to come out with guns blazing?
Yes. Yes, I’m going to come out blazing. I’m in shape to go 15 rounds, but I’m going to come out strong. I’m gonna be smart but I’m coming out blazing, yes.
Your trainer Luis Perez told us your training camp focused on your balance, your speed, your footwork and your timing. Do you feel those attributes were somewhat lacking earlier in your career?
Yes, they were lacking. That was something I lacked working on before but we concentrated on for this fight and it all came together very well. The sparring showed that we worked on those things and it’s coming along very well.
Should you emerge victorious November 30th where do you plan to go next?
I leave that to my promoter, Acquinity Sports. Whatever they want me to do next that’s what I’m going to do. I’m open for anything.
Finally Ed, any final words for your fans?
(Pauses) Uh, don’t blink. (smiling) Cuz’ the knockout can come at any time!
The Acquinity Sports “Beatdown 2012” card will be broadcast nationally via Bounce TV and the Pursuit Channel (240 Dish and 604 DirecTV) Friday November 30th. Doors open at 3:30, first bell at 4:00.
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