In boxing it can be a daunting task following in the footsteps of any legendary fighter. Even more so when you have the fighter’s same name leaving a constant reminder to the fans of whose footsteps you’re following in. Salvador Sanchez II (19-3-2, 9 KOs) of Mexico finds himself in that position. Sanchez II is very proud of his legendary uncle Salvador Sanchez and is focused on improving each time he fights and always giving 100% effort. The effort is there for sure and he is steadily improving as reflected in his winning 17 of his last 18 fights including 9 straight. Sanchez II will face his toughest fight as a professional when he meets veteran Tomas Villa (22-7-4, 14 KOs) of Texas this Saturday, June 26. Villa is best known for his 2008 slugfest with former world title challenger Rogers Mtagawa. Sanchez II-Villa will be an 8 round featherweight attraction fought at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, Latin Fury 15: La Furia de México.
Fightnews caught up with Sanchez II after completing training camp at the Big Bear Mountains in California and arriving to San Antonio, Texas for his upcoming bout.
Was this your first time training in Big Bear?
Yes, my manager Grant Elvis Phillips felt that I needed to take it to the next level and he decided to bring in a new team Abel Sanchez as my trainer and Chris Tirado as my strength and conditioning coach and it was the best training camp of my career.
Do you consider yourself more of a boxer or puncher?
Like my Uncle I am a combination boxer/puncher who works the body and I don’t look for the knockout, if it comes, great, if not, then I’m satisfied out boxing my opponent.
What do you know of your opponent Villa?
Well, to be honest, I have heard from many people that this is a very dangerous fight and I do not take any of my rivals lightly so I am very well prepared for Saturday night. Villa has had some great fights and almost beat Matagwa who almost beat Juanma Lopez, so I know this is not going to be an easy night.
Do you feel pressured following in the footsteps of your legendary uncle?
Many people ask me that question, I am so honored and blessed to be named after my Uncle, he was in my opinion the greatest fighter to ever come out of Mexico and to fill his shoes is impossible, but I am doing my very best and I am fortunate enough to have a great team with me and a great promoter with Mr. Bob Arum of Top Rank.
The environment for your fight will be a very large pro-Mexican crowd. What are your thoughts on fighting in front so many of your countryman?
It’s exciting! When I fought in Dallas at the Cowboys Stadium the people showed me a lot of love and after the fight it took me almost an hour to get back to the dressing room as I stopped for pictures, autographs and a lot of hugs. I’m excited about this Saturday and honored to fight in San Antonio in front of all of my Mexican people and also where my Uncle fought three times and defended his world title.
The main event features “The Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) against Ireland’s John Duddy (29-1, 18 KOs) for WBC middleweight Silver championship title.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, Latin Fury 15: La Furia de México will be produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, This Saturday! June 26, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.