By Miguel Maravilla
The other day as I was at the Elite MMA Academy in Santa Fe Springs, California to speak with Abner Mares on his upcoming fight with Daniel Ponce de Leon. I could not help but to glance over to see who was punching away as the sound was loud and heavy. From a distance I see trainer Clemente Medina holding the heavy punch pad and there was junior lightweight hard punching Mexican Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (26-2, 24 KOs) punching away.
“Well this is a change in my team and camp to relocate here to Los Angeles. It is totally different training here compared to Mexico. In Mexico it’s all about sparring who is the toughest and strongest. Here it’s all about boxing, using more defense, working on strength and conditioning,” Thompson told Fightnews.com.
Thompson burst on to the scene last year when he stopped former world champion Jorge Linares in round two. After upsetting Linares in March, Thompson has returned to the ring just two months later in May he scored a knockout victory. Then earning a shot and scoring a knockout on the preliminary undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez last September.
“When I received the opportunity to face Linares I took advantage of it even if I had to move up two weights and since then I have received more opportunities and been active fighting four times,” Thompson said. Since upsetting Linares, Thompson has piled up four straight knockout wins. Now he has teamed up with trainer Clemente Medina who currently trains and guided Abner Mares to two world titles as well as Team Mares.
“I appreciate to be training here with Clemente it is a big opportunity for me. If I fail I will let both Clemente and Abner down. I really thank both of them for this. I am here to learn more with Abner and his team, as well as improve. Work more on some defense and speed. We’re working on some small details to be a better boxer,” Thompson said.
The 29 year old from Chetumal, Quintana Roo Mexico has now moved to southern California where he trains alongside with featherweight Abner Mares. Thompson plans and hopes to become world champion as he is ranked number one by the WBC and number two by the WBO at 130 is scheduled to fight May 18 possibly against Rocky Juarez in Cancun, Mexico.
“That fight has been talked about so I am waiting to see what happens as far as May 18 to begin preparations. However I have been ranked number one for about a year and a half so I want the winner of Gamaliel Diaz and Takashi Miura. We are expecting a great year I am ready for the best at my weight class,” Thomspon concluded.
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