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August 08, 2017

By G. Leon

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?

IF: "80-6"

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."

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