When and why you started boxing:
I always wanted to box growing up but was reluctant to let [American] football or baseball go. I finally decided to start boxing at 19.
Favourite all-time fighter:
Mike Tyson was must-see TV. He saved boxing in that era.
Best fight you’ve seen:
Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez I. Their styles were tailor-made for each other.
Personal career highlight:
Juan Rodriguez Jnr, who I fought in March [w rsf 6]. I hate southpaws! I feel like every time I hit him I hurt him, but he just wouldn’t stay down. I dropped him twice and ultimately the ref had to save him from himself.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My strengths are my conditioning and my chin. I throw a lot of punches and in order to do that you have to be in shape.
Run a lot and put those miles in because boxing is one sport that you can’t cheat. If you try to cheat it then it’ll show come fight night.
Chicken Alfredo is my favourite dish. I don’t have a favourite restaurant.
Best friends in boxing:
Andre Ward and Tevin Farmer – two different personalities but two very genuine people.
Other sportsman you would like to be:
Stephen Curry – the golden child of the NBA.
Last film/TV show you saw:
Avengers: Endgame. I’m a big Marvel movie fan.
Who would play you in a film of your life:
I think Larenz Tate would fit my character perfectly. He’s a very good actor who deserves a lot more credit than he gets.
Have you ever been starstruck:
No, I’ve never been starstruck.
Last time you cried:
It was at a funeral of a family member. Just seeing how it affected everyone around me made me get a little emotional.
Best advice received:
Be married to the sport because you can’t cheat boxing and it’s a dangerous occupation.
Worst rumour about yourself:
That I’m stuck-up and conceited.
Something not many people know about you:
That I’m black, Puerto Rican and Mexican.