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.