Although it may be the first big test of his professional boxing career, Puerto Rican prospect Roberto Acevedo (7-0, 4 KOs) says he’s treating it like just another fight when he takes on Chicago’s also undefeated Paul Littleton (6-0-1, 4 KOs) on Friday, March 22, 2013, at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.
The pair will meet in a six-round super middleweight bout on the undercard of the ESPN Friday Night Fights televised night of boxing presented by 8 Count Productions, Round 3 Productions and Warriors Boxing and in support of the night’s 10-round middleweight main event between Windy City favorite Donovan “Da Bomb” George (24-3-1, 21 KOs) and former world title challenger David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-13, 23 KOs) of Nogales, Mexico.
In the other featured bout, former world champion Kermit “EL Asesino” Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs) will drop back down to welterweight to face Chicago slugger Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados (11-2-1, 7 KOs).
How did training camp go?
My training camp has gone as always: great. I’m learning something new every day! I’m at a level where I’m like a sponge; taking in everything my trainers Chico Rivas and John David Jackson show me. I’m getting great sparring with great fighters like Sergey Kovalev and Marcus Upshaw.
You’re heading into the biggest test of your career, are you ready?
I don’t consider this fight to be the biggest test of my life, since I did my pro-debut against a guy that had a great amateur background and was part of the Junior Olympic also he competed at the AIBA Semi-Pro tournament. But I still train hard for Littleton since I know that he’s as hungry as I am.
What made you want to take this fight?
I was encouraged to take the fight to show everyone that my career is not a given or made-up record. I always want to fight with the best to prove to myself that I’m the best!
What do you know about Littleton?
I know he’s human and his nothing supernatural. He has the same things that I have. I let my manager and team do their work on studying him, I concentrate on my training and winning March 22. I also know that he want to create his own weight division by requesting to fight at a lower weight 164lbs… I know super middle weight is at 168.
How do you handle pressure?
There’s no pressure, I apply the pressure… I’m easy and calm. This is just one more fight; one more W to my record.
What would a victory mean to you?
When I win this fight, I will be a step more in my career. I will prove to everyone that there is a new face taking over in the super middleweight division and that face has a name: Roberto Acevedo!
Presented by 8 Count Productions, Round 3 Productions, Warriors Boxing and Blue Wave Boxing, advance tickets to ESPN Friday Night Fights are priced at $150, $100, $50 and $30 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com, 1-800-745-3000 ), the 8 Count Productions Offices, 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office, 312-413-5740.
Doors will open on the night of the event at 7pm CT with the first bout scheduled for 8:00pm CT.
The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine, at the corner of Harrison and Racine on the campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago.
A full undercard featuring many of Chicago’s best prospects and fan favorites will be announced shortly for this event.