History | Issue | Premium | Jul 29 2019

My Night: When Michael Carbajal fulfilled a promise to his dad

Michael Carbajal wins his first world title against Muangchai Kittikasem
Michael Carbajal

IT was a long time ago – when I was five years old and I said to my dad, “Dad, I’m going to be a world champion.” He said, “Amigo, if you become a world champion always be the same, don’t ever change. Stay down to earth.” I see a bunch of athletes and they get all big-headed, they think they’re better than everyone else. Me, I’m just like everyone else.

Back then I was in the front porch with my dad and he showed me the basics. After a while, he told me, “You know what? There’s one thing, you’re going to be a champion.” And when I heard him say that I said to him, “I will, and I will retire a champion, too. Dad.”

So my best fight when I look back is the first time I ever won a world championship and that was against Muangchai Kittikasem. That boy right there could hit. I didn’t study him. When I was fighting, I never studied any of my opponents. I just did what I had to do.


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