Rolando Reyes ready for ShoBox opportunity

Faces Courtney Burton on Friday


Rolando Reyes ready for ShoBox opportunity

By Ramon Rodriguez

Boxingtalk recently had the chance to speak with lightweight Rolando “El Pochito” Reyes of Oxnard California. Reyes (24-3-2, 15 KOs) will be fighting Courtney Burton for a vacant regional lightweight title on July 22 on ShoBox at 11 p.m. ET/PT. It should be an excellent match-up as Burton is 21-3 and is coming off one of the best fights of 2004, a war in which he was stopped in the last round by Ebo Elder.  The winner will be a legitimate contender in the exciting 135-pound category.

Boxingtalk: Hey, Rolando, how’s it going?
Rolando Reyes: I’m doing good.

BT: Tell us how you feel about your upcoming fight with Courtney Burton?
RR: I feel good for this fight. I’ve been training hard and I’m ready to knock him out.

BT: At what weight class is the fight going to be?
RR: It’s going to be at lightweight, 135 pounds.

BT: And is that the weight class you plan to fight at regularly?
RR: Yeah, 135 is my regular weight. My last fight I fought at 140 but it’s no problem fighting at 135.

BT: How does it feel to be fighting on ShoBox once again?
RR: It feels good. My last fight I did pretty good and they liked it so they brought me back. This is another chance to get ranked in the top 10.

BT: I hear this upcoming fight is for the vacant  NABO lightweight title. Is that a testament as to how you feel you’re coming along as a prospect?
RR: For this fight, it’s do or die. Either I make it or I don’t make it so I’m going to do my best and knock him out and keep going.

BT: In your last fight against Jose Antonio Ojeda, many were impressed by how persistent you were in the ring and in looking for a knockout. What do you plan to do against Burton?
RR: With Burton I’m going to do the same thing I did my last fight. I’m going to box and use my speed, my power punch and that’s what I’ll use to knock him out.

BT: Well, Rolando, BoxingTalk wishes you the best of luck on your upcoming fight. Is there anything else you’d like to say in closing?
RR: On the 22nd, there’s going to be a new NABO champ in Oxnard.