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Disappointed Hearns tries to move beyond canceled Chavez fight
Ronald Hearns said he was ready to bounce back from his second career loss by defeating Julio Cesar Chavez, who pulled out of their fight with an injured right hand.
RingTV.com caught up to middleweight Ronald Hearns, whose shot at WBC titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was called off after Chavez pulled out of the fight last week as a result of an injury to his right hand.
The 32-year-old Hearns (26-2, 20 knockouts) was to meet the 25-year-old Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) in Chavez's home town of Culiacan, Mex., on Sept. 17.
Hearns was looking to rebound from a failed bid to dethrone Germany's WBA beltholder Felix Sturm (36-2-1, 15 KOs), who stopped Hearns in the seventh round in February.
A man whose five-fight winning streak with three knockouts was ended by Sturm, Hearns did not begin his boxing career until he was 24.
Meanwhile, Hearns' father, Thomas, already was a beltholder by the time he was 21, having dethroned Pipino Cuevas for the WBA welterweight title by second-round stoppage in August of 1980.
Below is a Q&A with Ronald Hearns, his first interview since the cancellation of the Chavez bout.
I didn't put that out there because I feel like you're a warrior inside of the ring, but things happen. And when they do, you just have to finish the fight the best way that you can.
That's what I was trying to do. So a lot of people were sort of down-talking me, which is why I was really hoping that I could get this fight with Chavez so that I could show the world what I really can do.
My last few rounds, my bones were trying to come through the skin, so I really couldn't make a good, solid fist inside of my gloves.
So my hands were popping in and out of joint whenever I went to block a punch. I had to have surgery and everything on it. I had surgery maybe three days after the fight. I was out of training for at least four months.
I was kind of shocked and surprised that I got the call from them to fight Chavez. I was like, 'Wow.' Because I figured that I would have a tuneup fight before I got another title shot.
But I knew that everybody was trying to count me out, so I had something to prove.
I don't want to give out too much of my strategy because maybe one of these days I'll get a chance to fight him again. I know that he has a fight against Peter Manfredo in November.
But maybe I could be on the under card of that fight and get a fight with the winner. I think that I'm going to try to push my manager, Al Haymon, to try to work that out or something like that. That's what I'm hoping for.
I know he looked extremely big when we had our press conference when I was over there for that day. I thought that he looked like he was around 180 or 185, so maybe his weight was a problem.
But I can't say whether it was or not. So there are a lot of things. But you know, sometimes, I can be injured and I still go after the fight. But that's just the type of person that I am.
If I'm hurt, I'm going into the fight because I've put in so much hard work. But maybe that's a bad thing to do and maybe he's doing the right thing.
I want to continue to follow in my daddy's footsteps, but I don't want to continue to be in his shadow. I want to be my own man. I didn't start boxing until I was 24 years old.
It's not like I put on my gloves when I was little because my father wouldn't allow that. He pushed me out of the gym. So at the age of 24, that's when I picked up a pair of gloves and started fighting.
With where I'm at today, it's unheard of in the boxing world. I'm extremely happy with how my career is going, and I'm looking forward to the future.
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