By Lee Bates
World ranked junior flyweight contender Giovanni Segura (19-1, 15 KOs) will look to redeem himself this Saturday when he faces WBA interim light flyweight champion Cesar Canchila (27-1, 21 KOs) in Mexicali, Mexico. The two fought each other this past July in Las Vegas in a fight where Canchila won a unanimous decision and the vacant WBA interim title. Segura started off strong winning the first two rounds and even scored a knockdown in the second round but it would be Canchila who would take control of the fight from that point on in route to victory. Fightnews spoke with Segura as he finished one of his final training sessions before his rematch with Canchila. He spoke on his first bout with Canchila, a proposed May 23 fight between Canchila and Calderon, and where he’s gained extra motivation to win this rematch with Canchila.
What went wrong in that first fight with Canchila?
I came out real strong but I tired at times and simply didn’t fight an intelligent fight. I have to give Canchila a lot of credit because he soundly defeated me but I’m much better than I performed that night and I will show that this Saturday.
What do you feel you can do differently in the rematch?
For one I’m in the best condition of my career for this fight. Canchila has a very good chin. I really hit him with a lot of good punches in our first fight so I definitely won’t waste unnecessary energy just trying to knock him out and I will properly pace myself.
What were your thoughts when you found out that Canchila had a fight scheduled with Calderon in May?
That’s fine with me because I’m very confident that I will win this fight and I could end up with the opportunity to fight Calderon down the road.
With champions Ivan Calderon, Ulsis Solis, and Edgar Sosas in your weight class, you seem to have a very talent rich division wouldn’t you agree?
It seems to me that WBC Champion Edgar Sosa is more concerned with setting a record for title defenses instead of fighting in the best fights. I’m living right now. Neither I nor any fighter knows how long your career is going to last. Right now I’m in good health and can make 108 pounds easily so I’m looking to be involved in the biggest fights right now and for me that is with Canchila this Saturday.
Are you using the revenge factor alone as motivation while training for this fight?
That’s one thing for sure as I want to avenge my only loss. I also have a one-year-old daughter who just means the world to me and I am determined to win that world title so I can bring it home to her.