We caught up with well known boxing manager Frank Espinoza Sr. a few days after his birthday and he answered some questions regarding the future of some of his fighters.
Tell us about your recent signing of Vic Darchinyan?
Vic is a former world champion and well respected among boxing fans. When he became available, I jumped at the chance to sign him to a management deal. He has the respect of the Mexican fans who’ve seen him fight valiantly against Cristian Mijares, Jorge Arce and Abner Mares and that’s very important. Vic has plenty left in him. I think he’ll be world champion again. He’ll be fighting May 11 in Laredo, Texas.
You have a big date on May 4th when two of your fighters, Abner Mares and Daniel Ponce De Leon face each other on the Mayweather vs Guerrero Pay Per View in Las Vegas. How does it feel to be in that position?
Having two fighters I manage, fight each other, is a little awkward because I care about both of my fighters. But at the end of the day, this a business and these opportunities don’t come along often. When the discussion of a fight between Abner and Ponce came up, I had a feeling they would be all for it. These guys are smart businessmen and the situation made good sense.
How do Mares and Ponce De Leon feel about fighting each other?
They’re professionals and both understand this isn’t personal in any way. When the fight presented itself, I spoke to them about it and they agreed this was a huge opportunity. This will be an exciting and thrilling fight. These guys have hearts and courage that you can’t possibly measure. They are Mexican warriors in the truest sense of the word. I can see the fight between them being an all time classic.
What’s going on with Oscar Valdez?
Oscar Valdez is now 3 and 0 and making fans everywhere he goes. His speed and footwork is second to none and I expect big things from him. I think he’ll be more than a world champion, I think he’s got the talent and charisma to be a super star. He’ll be fighting May 11 in Laredo, Texas which will air on Univision along with Vic Darchinyan on the same card.
What’s next for Antonio “Relentless” Orozco?
Antonio is now 16 and 0 with 12 knockouts. He’ll be fighting May Third in Las Vegas. We’re very excited to showcase him once again. He’s someone that’s a must see fighter. A legit prospect. He’s hungry and antsy and he’s going to take it out on his next opponent.
Tell us about your management style and operations at Espinoza Boxing Club?
I have a solid team around me and we’re always looking for the best opportunities available for our fighters. We do our research, evaluate the situations and act accordingly. My son Frankie has been playing a more important role on the team in the last couple years. He’s been involved in the business in one way or another since he was a teen and he’s been learning and making strides since then. He realizes the boxing business is a tough business. It’s very complicated and it can be very challenging but I like over coming those challenges. It’s very satisfying to see a tough negotiation all the way through. We also have a fine strength and conditioning coach in Luis Garcia who we’ve been working with lately and he’s brought a lot to our team.
What can we expect from Espinoza Boxing Club in the next few years?
We’re always going to be searching for new and interesting talent to sign. I’m looking forward to the development of Antonio Orozco, Oscar Valdez and Joet Gonzalez.
Luis Ramos and Ronny Rios will be fighting June eighth. Joet will be fighting May third on the same show as Antonio Orozco. At this moment we’re looking for a fight date for Carlos Molina to get him back on track.
Boxing is more than just a business for me, it’s a passion, a way of life and it drives me. I’m always looking to innovate and make big things happen. We truly love the sport and have deep admiration for the fighters who step into the ring. We have a few other surprises coming so keep an eye on us. Keep following us. The best is yet to come.