Feature | Oct 30 2015

Danny Garcia, Leo Santa Cruz and more reveal what scares them most

Danny Garcia and others get into the Halloween spirit
Leo Santa Cruz vs Abner Mares

WITH Halloween upon us, some of boxing’s top talents have answered questions about their favourite costumes, scary movies and what spooks them the most.

Do you have a favorite Halloween costume you’ve worn in the past?
Chris Arreola – “I just like dressing up as something super creepy. I’m dressing up as a mime this year, but giving it my own little spin.”
Andre Dirrell  – “I’m a festive guy to begin with and Halloween is my favorite holiday. I went all out on this one costume. It’s a ghoul that makes me approximately 10 feet tall when I wear it. I actually got an offer to work at a haunted house because the costume is so great, and I did it for about an hour and a half before I got too cold and had to quit to go inside. Michigan winters are no joke.”
Anthony Dirrell – “I didn’t really wear them when I was growing up. We really couldn’t afford them. I’d usually just draw something on my face.”
Ahmed Elbiali “I was Zorro for Halloween and got a lot of compliments since I made the costume myself.”
Miguel Flores  “Never really wore costumes because of my parents, who were old school.”
Danny Garcia -“The Scream mask because that was one of my favorite scary movies when it first came out.”
Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. – “My favorite costume was the killer from the Scream movies. I wore the mask and everything when I was 12.”
Tony Harrison – “I always like to be somebody scary. When I was little, my mom used to make our costumes. She’s really creative and would make us great costumes without having to spend a lot.”
Daniel Jacobs – “I was a gorilla boxer. I had a full gorilla suit on with boxing gloves. I had an amateur belt on. No one knew that it was me in the costume and I was going into stores and scaring people and boxing on them. It was fun.”
Erislandy Lara – “No, it all depends on what my wife and kids decide that year (laughs).”
Abner Mares  – “We never had enough money for Halloween costumes but one year my mother painted my face for a costume and took me out trick-or-treating.”
John Molina Jr. – “I like getting wrapped in aluminum foil and going as leftovers.This year my daughter will be Tinker Bell and I will be Peter Pan.”
Edwin Rodriguez – “When I dressed up as Rocky about three years ago. It was an easy costume to make – obviously.”
Leo Santa Cruz – “I’ve never worn a Halloween costume, but I always go trick or treating. I like to take my daughter trick or treating and this year she’s dressing up as My Little Pony.”
Sammy Vasquez Jr. – “The best was a bloody zombie with guts hanging out and a broken leg.”
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What is your favorite candy?
Chris Arreola – “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite.”
Mario Barrios- “Snickers really satisfy me.”
Jermell Charlo – “Twizzlers.”
Andre Dirrell – “I like soft candy. I’m not a fan of the hard stuff. I like that quick flavor boost!”
Anthony Dirrell – “I love all the soft candy. I’m not a big fan of the hard candy though.”
Ahmed Elbiali – “Almond Joy.”
Miguel Flores- “Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.”
Danny Garcia – “Milk Duds. It doesn’t’ bother me that it gets stuck in my teeth or anything.”
Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.  – “All chocolate, but Snickers are my favorite.”
Tony Harrison – “I don’t really have one type favorite type of candy. When I was younger we used to always go to the rich neighborhoods where they give out the big candy bars, not the little fun-sized ones. We’d go back two and three times, hit them again and again. They didn’t care and we loved it.”
Daniel Jacobs – “Candy corn. For Halloween that is my favorite candy, but it doesn’t come around that often and I like that.”
Erislandy Lara – “Chocolate Kinder from Germany. My wife is from Germany and once I tasted them I was scared I would have to fight at heavyweight.”
Abner Mares – “Snickers.”
Aron Martinez –  “I love M&M’s and Snickers.”
John Molina Jr. – “I love Candy Corn.”
Leo Santa Cruz – “Snickers & Kit Kats.”
Tony Thompson- “My favorite candies are frozen Snickers and Twix! I’m also partial to Oreos.”
Sammy Vasquez Jr. – “My favorite is Kit Kats.”

Do you have a favorite Halloween memory?
Chris Arreola – “Growing up in Huntington Park, kids would only trick or treat when it got dark. In 1988, I remember I dressed up as a hunchback and we went up and down Pacific Avenue and got a ton of candy.”
Mario Barrios – “Going to haunted houses with my sisters was always a good time”
Jermell Charlo – “I used to compete with my brother to see who could get the most Halloween candy, I remember doing that.”
Andre Dirrell – ” I don’t really have a particular favorite memory yet, but I’ll be looking to create one this year. I’m going to Disney World with my kids for a few days this year. We’ll be dressing up as the Addams Family.”
Anthony Dirrell – “The best times were going door to door in the rich neighborhoods where they give out the big candy bars.”
Ahmed Elbiali – “My friends and I used to egg houses and jack candy baskets for ourselves.  It was a bit devious but fun.”
Miguel Flores- “My parents wouldn’t let me go trick-or-treating, they thought it was dangerous, so we would have to sneak in some candy from friends.”
Danny Garcia –  “I have two little sisters so I would dress up, wear a mask and go around with them. I have a feeling this year will be my favorite because I have my new baby and she is dressing up as a pumpkin.”
Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. – “I don’t have a favorite memory, because I like every Halloween because of the candy and scary people.”
Tony Harrison – “My favorite memories were never about candy or anything like that. When I got to be a teenager, my friends and I used to get together and do all kinds of crazy stuff on Halloween night. We had a ball starting trouble. Now that I’m more mature I realize that wasn’t the right way to act, but it was the time of my life back then.”
Daniel Jacobs – “Anytime I am spending time with my son. We went to a theme party recently and it was Toy Story. He was Buzz Lightyear, I was Woody and his mom dressed like Woody’s wife.”
Erislandy Lara – “In Cuba they don’t celebrate Halloween but my favorite moments have been trick-or-treating with my kids here in the U.S.:  they really enjoy it.”
Abner Mares – “We weren’t always able to participate in Halloween when I was growing up, but my kids love the holiday so the time spent with them is most memorable.”
Aron Martinez -“About seven years ago our family turned our house into a haunted house and dressed up as zombies to scare all the kids. That was a lot of fun.”
John Molina Jr.- “My favorite was going as a boxer when I was 9 years old and wearing my dad’s boxing gear.”
Edwin Rodriguez – “I don’t really like Halloween so I never cared too much about it. My kids love it though and they’re dressing up as Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach this year. It’s a big deal to them.”
Leo Santa Cruz – “When we were younger, my cousins used to jump in front of cars with masks on and start dancing really funny or making funny moves and the people in the cars would start laughing.”
Tony Thompson – “I love any of the DC Comics super heroes. I remember liking all of them.”
Sammy Vasquez Jr. – “My favorite Halloween memory is when I scared these older, bigger kids who were trick or treating. When they came to the house I hid behind the bushes with a bloody Jason mask and jumped out and chased them. They threw their buckets of candy in the air and were pushing and running after each other. I got all the candy they left behind!”