GL: Congrats on your victory. Can you give us some thoughts on your performance, the overall experience of turning pro and the nerves that came with it? It was a great feeling to walk out into the ring knowing that I had a lot of supporters there. I was nervous at first because it's a big step, but once the bell rings my mindset was different and I was just trying to get the guy out of there.
GL: You're only 19. What made you decide to turn pro right now?
Ivan Franco: "I don't know. Ever since I was a kid I wanted to become a professional boxer, I didn't really like the amateurs too much."
GL: As I understand you're quite accomplished as an amateur. Can you tell us some of your accolades?
IF: "I won the Paul Murphy nationals four years in a row, the state PAL's four years in a row. The National PAL's two years and then I made it the finals of the National Golden Gloves in each of the last two years. I'm ranked #1 in Florida and #2 in the country."
GL: What was your amateur record?
GL: Now you've got your pro debut out of the way, when will your next fight take place?
IF: "I'm looking to fight again in the next couple of weeks, we're working on all of the details now."
GL: How long have you been boxing?
IF: "Since I was 13, so about six years."
GL: What made you fall in love with the sport?
IF: "I was watching a friend of mine shadow boxing and it looked cool. I asked him what he was doing and he told me. My father would always have the boxing on and I told him that for Christmas I wanted him to take me to the boxing gym, which is did and the rest is history."
GL: Who was your favorite fighter when you were growing up?
IF: "Julio Cesar Chavez."
GL: And is he still your favorite?
IF: "No, Canelo Alvarez is."
GL: How many times would you like to fight between now and the end of the year?
IF: "I'd like to fight four more times this year, and ten more times next year."
GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?
IF: "I'm fighting to get my name out there, I want to fight as often as possible and I'm ready to show the world what I'm about. Everybody can follow me @ivancalixto12. Thank you for the interview."