By Miguel Maravilla
Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (27-2, 25 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico will finally get his shot at the world title that he has been awaiting for some time. This Saturday as he takes on WBC junior lightweight champion Japan’s Takashi Miura (25-2-2, 19 KOs) at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Fightnews.com spoke with Yeyo on his upcoming shot at the title as he talked about his opponent and his preparations. Thompson wrapped up training camp last week had been working with Abner Mares and his camp as both prepare for separate bouts.
“We had a great camp my team and I, with Abner Mares, Clemente Medina and strength & conditioning coach Luis Garcia,” Thompson told Fightnews.com This will be his second fight under trainer Clemente Medina since he relocated to Los Angeles. He currently trains at the Elite MMA Academy in Santa Fe Springs, California where Mares also trains. Part of the reason why he relocated to LA was to learn to box, due to his primitive style looking for one punch to end the fight, typical of most tough Mexican fighters.
“Everything has changed for me conditioning, my footwork in the ring, combinations, technique things I didn’t have before. Now a days I have better reflexes, defense, and more movement, this is my second fight with Clemente and there is progress,” Thompson told Fightnews.com “Fights are not won with just one punch. Using boxing and intelligence is the way,” Thompson added.
The 29-year-old Cancun fighter is coming off a brutal fourth round knockout over Gustavo Sandoval and it was evident he was holding back on power punches as he threw more combinations en route to the KO. “I boxed more in that fight but I had him done early and I wasn’t looking for the KO I just did what I had to do,” Thompson said.
It was early this year that I met Thompson when he was ripping away at the heavy bag like a mule. It was then when he said that he was looking to get the winner of Gamaliel Diaz/ Takashi Miura fight and now five months later he finds himself days away from his shot at the title.
“It feels great to have this fight I thank god and Golden Boy for getting me this fight,” Thompson said.
His opponent Miura is coming off three straight knockout victories and in his last fight he won the WBC title in scoring a ninth round stoppage of Gamaliel Diaz, this past April in Mexico.
“He has a very powerful left hand, a strong fighter, just like me I am sure sparks will fly between the two of us,” Thompson said.
However Thompson and his team are confident in victory as he looks to become world champion for the first time.
“We are sure that I will win, we had a great preparation now the results will show come fight night and you will see a hell of a fight from both of us. I will give it my best come fight night,” Thompson concluded.
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