Michel Rivera vowing to beat Jon Fernandez this Saturday at show time – boxing news

Undefeated lightweight contender Michel Rivera exuded confidence as he previewed his upcoming showdown against Jon Fernández who serves as the main co-event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, July 3 (9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT) in a Premier event. Boxing Champions at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

“My skills, speed and intelligence are all advantages in my favor,” said Rivera. “I’m an aggressive fighter when it’s most beneficial to me, but I can also be cunning and turn it into an advantage. My skills and talent will make the difference on the night of the fight.

The 23-year-old Rivera’s confidence comes from an intensive training camp in Miami with her trainer, Herman Caicedo, which allowed him to work on many aspects of his game before perhaps the most difficult fight of his time. young career.

“I think it’s important to work on everything in training,” said Rivera. “I’m the kind of boxer who adapts to what’s going on in the moment. So we made sure to work on all points in order to win on Saturday night. We had a very organized but intense preparation for Fernández.

Rivera burst onto the scene on his U.S. debut in June 2019, as he beat dangerous puncher Juan Rene Tellez for a unanimous decision. In 2020, Rivera added a pair of impressive wins over veteran contenders, stopping Fidel Maldonado Jr. in the 10th round of their February clash, before winning by unanimous decision over Ladarius Miller in October. Despite ceding a three-inch advantage to Fernández, Miller sees nothing in the Spaniard that he won’t be able to overcome.

“His size can be a problem, but I don’t really know he’s using his reach,” Rivera said. “I haven’t seen a lot of his previous fights, but I’m 100% sure I’ll overcome anything he thinks I can do to make me uncomfortable.

“I have never fought a European opponent before, but I have fought opponents bigger than me. I may be smaller, but I have good range and will look for openings when I am at close range. If it bodes better for me to dominate him with my speed, I can do that too.

Hailing from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Rivera represents the next potential superstar of the sport-rich island, an honorary title that has helped motivate and push Rivera to the championship level he has almost reached.

“It feels good to have the support of my country,” said Rivera. “I’m excited about this and hope the whole nation is behind me and ready to support me in the way any athlete needs to be encouraged when they reach these heights. I feel it now more than ever. I am honored when people tell me that I am the hope of the Dominican Republic.

In addition to the potential pressure to carry the torch of his homeland, Rivera finds himself fighting smack in the middle of a section of the boxing calendar filled with undefeated young stars such as July 3 main event participant Chris Colbert and last week’s center fighter Gervonta “Tank” Davis. Despite that, Rivera knows that with opportunities like Saturday, combined with his skills, he’s on the track he’s long hoped for.

“I don’t feel any pressure to stay undefeated,” Rivera said. “I have 100% confidence in myself and my abilities. I am convinced that my opportunity to shine has finally arrived and I will be making a big statement on July 3rd.