Felix goes to Macau
Part of this weekend’s card at the Cotai Arena at the Venetian Resort in Macau, China – that features Zou Shiming’s first attempt at a world title – is lightweight Jose Felix Jr., who faces Raymond Sermona in an eight-round feature. For the young Mexican, this is his first trip to Asia.
“It’s something new for me. I’ve never been there so I’m looking forward to it,” he said through Top Rank Promotions publicist Ricardo Jimenez at the Wild Card Boxing Club, where a media day was held for this card a few weeks ago.
For Felix, who has a mark of 28-1-1 (23), it was, “Have gloves, will travel (with a passport, of course).”
“It’s a great opportunity to be in a new market. I’ll be showing up for the first time to a lot of people. So I know I have to do good. I know I have to be ready. I’m looking forward to it,” said Felix, whose bout will be aired via same day tape-delay on UniMas on Saturday evening.
Regardless of the locale, this is another opportunity to advance his career and move on from last year’s loss to Bryan Vasquez. For a young fighter like Vasquez, chances to display your skill and hone your craft cannot be dismissed.
“A lot of people who have never seen me fight will get to do so,” said Felix, who will be making his 2015 debut. “I’m a little bit nervous; it’s a long flight so I know it’s going to be tough getting acclimated but I’m looking forward to being a part of all this.”
“We know it’s a long trip,” said his adviser, Oscar Valdez, “but it’s important that Jose stay as active as possible and stay sharp. Listen, I don’t really want to travel 16 hours either and I have a business to run back home but the way I look at it is that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip. But it’s a business trip for Jose. He has to take care of business.”
All indications are that it was a smooth flight – if not a short one – and that Felix arrived safe and sound in Macau and is preparing for this weekend’s outing. He is now a full-fledged lightweight (last year’s loss to Vasquez was the interim WBA 130-pound title) and he might be coming to the lightweight class at just the right time with Terence Crawford migrating to junior welterweight.
For Felix, having to tip the scales at 130 is something he no longer has to worry about, thankfully.
“The thing was, making 130 sapped everything out of me,” Felix admitted. “You’re not quite ready that next day to fight. But at 135, I feel strong. I’ve been working really hard on training instead of worrying about my weight. It makes a big difference; you don’t worry about weight. You just worry about being strong, which I am at 135.”
The official press conference for the April 18 bout between the aforementioned Crawford and Thomas Dulorme was held on Thursday. Here’s the ticket information for that bout which will take place at the College Park Center of the University of Texas at Arlington:
Promoted By Top Rank®, in association with Gary Shaw Productions, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Crawford-Dulorme world championship event will go on sale Tomorrow! Friday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. CT. Priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, plus applicable fees, tickets can be purchased at College Park Center box office, online at www.utatickets.com/ or www.utacollegepark.com/ or by phone at (817) 272-9595.
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