When and why you started boxing:
I started boxing at a very young age, but I began to take it more seriously when my uncle encouraged me to train with him when I was 15 years old.
Favourite all-time fighter:
Manny Pacquiao is my favourite fighter of all time. Aside from being a fellow Filipino, I also like him for his toughness, hardworking attitude and dedication to the sport of boxing.
Best fight you’ve seen:
I always enjoy watching the first fight between Pacquiao and Erik Morales. [Morales won via unanimous decision in March 2005.] It was a very good matchup and an exciting fight. As a fighter myself, I’ve learned a lot from watching that fight.
Personal career highlight:
My recent victory against Emmanuel Rodriguez is the best moment of my career so far. I gave it all I had in that fight and I deserved the win. [Gaballo won via split decision in December last year.]
I’d say Rodriguez has been my toughest opponent to date. He had more experience than me at world level.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My best attribute is that I’m always willing to listen and learn, in order to improve. As for my worst, I’m not sure.
Always push yourself to your limits and be the best version of yourself during every training session that you have.
Other sportsperson you would like to be:
If I wasn’t a boxer, I’d like to be a basketball player. Kobe Bryant was always one of my idols.
Last time you cried:
I cried tears of happiness when I won my last fight against Rodriguez. It was a tough fight, but I gave it everything I had and all of my hard work paid off.
Best advice received:
Keep your feet on the ground, be humble and always trust in God.
Worst rumour about yourself:
That my win against Rodriguez was controversial.
Something not many people know about you:
I may be a fighter but in reality I’m a very quiet person. I’m always thinking. I’m a thinker rather than a talker.