Jose Valenzuela desires to benefit from his largest second thus far.
The 22-year-old light-weight prospect will face Deiner Berrio on Saturday night time at Mechanics Bank Arena in Bakersfield, Calif., his first important occasion on nationwide tv (Fox Sports 1).
Valenzuela, using a streak of 5 consecutive knockouts, will probably be collaborating in his first scheduled 10-rounder.
“I’ve dreamed about this moment since I was a little kid,” mentioned Valenzuela, a local of Mexico who’s skilled by Jose Benavidez Sr. in Seattle. “Now I’m just ready to put on a show Saturday night and make a big statement. I have to let the whole division know that I’m here.”
He went on: “I love putting on a good performance for the fans and getting them up out of their seats. I’m a very active fighter, because I grew up watching and appreciating fighters like Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez.”
Valenzuela (9-0, 6 KOs) is coming off a formidable fourth-round knockout of Donte Strayhorn on Aug. 21, which was televised on Fox earlier than the Manny Pacquiao-Yordenis Ugas pay-per-view card.
He mentioned followers will see a greater model of him on Saturday.
“You’re going to see better footwork from me in this fight,” he mentioned. “I’m boxer and I’m good on my toes, however I generally get tired of that. I prefer to battle within the trenches, however I do know I’ve to be good and use my protection additionally.
“I’m going to be using my jab and different angles in this fight. I’m not going to be standing straight up in front of Berrio.”
Berrio (22-3-1, 13 KOs) will probably be Valenzuela’s most skilled opponent thus far. The Colombian has fought three unbeaten prospects, dropping by determination every time.
“Berrio has a style where he fights off his back foot, gets low and then explodes with wild overhand rights,” Valenzuela mentioned. “It’s a weird style and definitely a little awkward. I don’t think he’s going to be able to adapt and make the adjustments he’ll need against me. I’ll be expecting a lot of wide shots from him.”
He added: “I have to show everybody that Berrio is nowhere near my level. I can’t just win. I have to win in tremendous fashion. A knockout would be great, but the most important thing is to dominate and look-good winning.”
Valenzuela mentioned he has benefitted from working alongside David and Jose Benavidez Jr.
“It’s a great experience working with the Benavidez family,” he mentioned. “They always push me extremely hard and they really believe that we don’t have any limits. David is also a fast-paced fighter and I think that comes from the type of training we do.”