By Lee Bates
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) is anxious to return to the ring and reinforce that he is still the pound-for-pound best light flyweight in boxing. In his last fight with now three-time world title challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in June at the Madison Square Garden was halted after six rounds due to a cut suffered by Calderon as a result of an accidental headbutt in round four. The bout then went to the scorecards where one judge had it for Calderon, one had it for Mayol, and one had it even making the result a draw.
Calderon is currently training and in preparation for a possible upcoming fight. He speaks about his last fight, what’s next, and hopes of landing a showdown with IBF junior flyweight champion Brian Viloria down the road.
After having some time to reflect on your fight with Mayol what are your thoughts on the bout?
One thing I can tell you for sure was that the ten month layoff did play a factor. Going into the fight I felt really good and I prepared extremely well, but there is a big difference between sparring and live action. I’m happy I was able to get six rounds of live action in.
Was Mayol stronger and faster than you thought?
Honestly, he wasn’t. He really surprised me with his game plan. I totally expected him to come after me but he fought real patient and intelligent. It really caught me off guard.
How did you feel the fight was going at the time of the stoppage?
Mayol was slowing down. I could feel him getting tired. I’m sure I would have went on to win the fight.
How has your cut healed since the fight?
The cut has healed just fine and I’m already back in training for a possible fight. I don’t have an official date or an opponent yet, but my promoter PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) is working on finalizing my next fight.
Prior to the Mayol fight there had been talk of a showdown between you and IBF light flyweight champion Brian Viloria. Are there any possibilities of that fight happening?
I’m still hopeful that the fight could happen between us in the future. We have a publicized history of when we fought each other as amateurs. I understand he has a title defense coming up so hopefully we will both win our upcoming bouts and possibly meet sometime after that.