Give Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs) a brutally cold Buffalo winter day to train and he’s as happy as can be. The 24-year-old explained why and answered other questions before his 10-round welterweight fight against Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs).
The bout will be broadcast live on ShoBox: The New Generation tonight (Sept. 9) (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Below is a number of questions and answers with Arroyo
Question: What’s the coldest weather you’ve ever run outdoors in during a Buffalo winter?
Arroyo: “Oh, man, you don’t even want to know. To be honest with you, I love running in the winter. There’s definitely snow on the ground. I love it when the winds blowing and it’s bone-chilling cold and snowing. [I do it] just to test myself, to battle all forms of adversity.”
Question: What do you think about Hector Sanchez?
Arroyo: “I don’t think much of him, just like I didn’t think much about Willie Nelson in my last SHOWTIME fight. I don’t care about any fighter. I just care about myself and knowing that I’m going to war against another guy. I don’t care about talking junk. I don’t care about nothing but winning. It’s what drives me and keeps me going in this game.”
Question: Growing up in New York, was it always your dream to fight at Madison Square Garden?
Arroyo: “Yes, of course. I’ve always had that dream. I would like to fight there and go down in history with some of the great fighters like Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Felix Trinidad. But I’m in no rush. I still have a lot of learning to do. But it’s always fun to dream.”
Question: What fighters did you look up to as a kid and whose style do you try to emulate?
Arroyo: “I emulate myself. I never take anything from anyone. I fight like me and only me. I grew up watching Trinidad, (Hector) Camacho, (Julio Cesar) Chavez, Mike Tyson. One of my all-time favorites was Roy Jones Jr. People think I have the same style and that I’m a forward fighter. I just want to put my name up there with the greats.”
Question: Was your father a big influence in your decision to become a professional fighter?
Arroyo: “My father was a Golden Gloves champion and he watches my fights and congratulates me but he’s been out of the game for a while. My trainers Hector Alejandro and Rick Diaz have been there for me the entire time and I would say they are my biggest influences.”
Question: What can we expect to see from “Vinsanity” Friday night?
Arroyo: “It’s going to be sensational. Take this down: It’s always different when you see Vincent Arroyo. You never know what you’re going to see or what’s going to happen. I don’t know if it will be a knockout or if we’ll go to the cards, but I will be the last man standing. It will definitely not be boring.”
September 9, 2011