By Kurt Wolfheimer
On Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, highly touted welterweight prospect Raymond Serrano (8-0, 5 KOs) will face his toughest test to date when he trades punches with Jay Krupp (12-1, 5 KOs). The bout will be televised nationally as the co-feature this week on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” The fight card, promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, will feature Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2, 14 KOs) in the main event as he takes on Sharmone Alvarez (20-1, 11 KOs). FightNews had the opportunity to go one on one with Serrano as he approaches quite possibly the biggest fight of his young professional career.
Ray, how are you feeling as you prepare for your fight against Jay Krupp on Friday night?
Everything is going great. We had a good camp. I sparred with some great fighters, such as Mike Jones and Delvin Rodriquez. I am definitely ready for Friday night.
This is a big step up for you. What do you know about Jay Krupp?
I really don’t know that much about him, other than he is 12-1 and he is the same weight as me, but at this time of my career it is about my preparation and I will adapt as the fight goes on.
You had a highly decorated amateur career. Can you tell the people out there some of your accomplishments?
I had over a hundred amateur fights. I was the 2005 Junior Olympic gold medalist and the 2005 international Olympic gold medalist. I was the bronze medalist at the 2005 World Championships. I also won the Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves, as well as becoming the under nineteen silver medalist. These really helped me prepare for my career as a professional.
You signed with Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. How has that helped your career?
I have a great relationship with Star Boxing. Joe DeGuardia is a good promoter and a good guy. He has given me the right fights that have helped me progress. This will be my first main event, so he has really taken care of me.
You have a great bloodline, in that your father and grandfather were professional fighters. How has that helped you in your career?
It is really important to me. My dad pushes me because he knows what it is like to be a professional boxer. My uncle calls me and says “Work that body,” and gives me his insights. Kermit and Jason Cintron are cousins of mine. My dad’s brother raised them, so they are part of the family.
You have progressed really well as a professional. Where do you see yourself in a year from now?
I really feel in a year or a year and a half, I should be in the top twenty or top ten.
What do you have to say to your future opponents?
I am tough. We come hard. I am young, but don’t under estimate me. I have a lot of experience. Don’t let my age fool you.
In closing, do you have anything to your fans?
I want all of my fans to check me out in the co-main event on ESPN2 on Friday night, March 6th. I am prepared to put on quite a show. I know it will be tough. I would also like to thank FightNews for giving the time to interview me. I hope I put on a great show for everybody.