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Alejandro Luna talks upcoming fight, Mexican Rodeos and more!

David Hopper caught up with undefeated lightweight prospect Alejandro Luna (15-0, 11 KOs). The 21-year-old will fight veteran Daniel Attah (28-16-1, 11 KOs) Oct. 19 at the Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, Calif.


DH: You have a fight scheduled for Oct. 19. Talk about that and how your preparation has been going.


AL: I’ve been training very hard for this fight. This fight is actually going to be right in my hometown. I’m very excited to put on a great show for all my family, friends, and all the fans in the area. This will the first time that I’ll be fighting locally right in my hometown. We’re pushing hard in the gym and going that extra mile.


DH: Whom will you be fighting?


AL: I’ll be fighting a veteran, Daniel Attah. I believe he’s out of D.C. It will be at lightweight, 135 pounds.


DH: How many rounds will it be scheduled for?


AL: This will be a 10-round fight.


DH: Have you watched any tape of Attah?


AL: I’ve actually watched some tape. We know he’s a southpaw. He’s a little tricky. We’ve been getting some good work in with all the southpaws in the gym.


DH: You switch back and forth from orthodox to southpaw stance. Are you just as comfortable fighting as a southpaw as you are right-handed?


AL: Actually, it’s kind of funny because every time I fight a southpaw it’s a little difficult for me fighting from my regular stance, which is right-handed, and ever since I started boxing whenever I sparred or fought a southpaw in the amateurs we would always turn southpaw on them. I actually felt that it was very effective. When I fought a southpaw I thought I could box them very well as a southpaw. Whenever I fight a left-handed fighter I usually switch back and forth during the fight and confuse them a little bit. It’s very weird because when I fight a right-handed fighter I hardly switch in a fight.


DH: What’s the strategy between switching back and forth? You said it confuses your opponent. Does it also help you get different angles on your opponent?


AL: When I fight a left-hander I feel that I confuse the fighter a little bit. Southpaws, they’re not used to fighting left-handed fighters so they get a little thrown off. I find my jab to be very effective and also the left hook.


DH: You’ve kept a busy work rate. This will be your fifth fight this year. Do you plan to have another fight or two before the year is out?


AL: Right now we’re just focused on this fight on Oct. 19. God willing everything comes out right. We would love to fight again in December and keep busy.


DH: What are your goals for 2014?


AL: In 2014 we would still like to be busy and get that experience in. I believe that age is on our side since we’re still quite young. In the sport we’re still a baby, we’re still learning. I believe we have time to develop and our plan is it to keep busy and fulfill our dream one day and that’s to become world champion.

DH: You are signed with Gary Shaw. He is a major promoter who has signed many big name fighters over the years. How did you go about signing with Shaw?


AL: Gary Shaw has been a great promoter for us. The people that work for him have been great. He’s been keeping us busy, giving us fight after fight. I feel that with Gary Shaw we can reach to the top.


DH: When did you sign with Shaw?


AL: Two years ago exactly.


DH: You have said that you consider yourself a boxer-puncher. Do you feel you’re able to outbox opponents from the outside and have success trading shots at close range? Do you feel like you’re pretty versatile?


AL: Yes, I feel like I’m very diverse. I can box when we have to and if the opportunity comes we can fight at close range and be an inside fighter. It just depends on the fighter that we’re facing.


DH: You’re 15 fights in to your pro career. Like you said, you’re still young and still learning. How would you say you’re a better fighter now compared to when you made your pro debut? What are some things you’ve feel like you’ve learned?


AL: I’ve learned very much. Before I used to be a little antsy. I used to rush things. Now I feel that as we’re fighting more rounds I’m able to be a little more patient, pick my shots, and fight a little smarter. I feel like those little things make a big difference in a fighter. I feel like I’ve improved from my professional debut in that way. We’re still learning in the sport and I feel like we still have a lot to learn. You never stop learning in the sport of boxing. We’re just absorbing everything we can right now.


DH: You grew up in a family of Mexican cowboys and have participated in many rodeos over the years. Talk a little bit about that.


AL: Yeah I was born in a family of Mexican cowboys. The Mexican rodeo is very similar to the American rodeo. I’ve been involved in both. It was very normal for me to grow up around horses and farm animals. At a very young age, my parents competed in a rodeo. I’ve actually competed since I was a young child. Our main focus right now is boxing and to fulfill our dream but we’re still involved in the sport in the way that I go and show support for my father when he competes. It’s a family tradition.


DH: How old were you when you started boxing?


AL: I was 8 years old.


DH: You’re from Bellflower, California?


AL: That’s where I was born. I live in Whittier, California.


DH: Obviously there are a lot of Latinos and boxing fans in southern California. Have you been able to build a good-sized fan base?


AL: Yes, definitely, we’ve been fortunate to have a very good fan base and it’s growing as we go. Through the rodeo, there’s many supporters who go to fights and I believe that’s where my strong fan base comes from, through the rodeos. It keeps growing. We’re really happy. Hopefully it continues to get bigger.


DH: Anything you’d like to add or say to your fans?


AL: I just want to thank Gary Shaw for all these opportunities. I want to thank all the boxing fans out there for sticking with the sport of boxing. Keep looking out for me in 2014. We’re going to keep working hard and we’re going to give great fights to all you boxing fans.

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