Status: #5 WBC Heavyweight contender.
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 225
DOB: October 20, 1985 In: Ciego de Avila, Cuba
Resides: Cork, Ireland
First Boxing Memory: "That's a hard one...my first memory of boxing...I was in school. There were coaches looking for boys and girls for different sports. And I asked: If you do boxing, do you have to go to school? And the coach said: Let me see you stand up. He said: No, no, if you do boxing you don't have to go to school - it's only training and fighting. I said: I go for boxing. So first week I go training, I wake up at 5 am for running. Then they were rounding up everyone to be in the school. I said: Hey man, you told me I don't need to go to school. He said: Everybody has to go to school, boy. So this is my first memory of boxing (age 5)."
Boxing Inspirations: "Mike Tyson. I like a lot of fighters. But I like more myself. I do it for myself. I do it because I love boxing. I like Tyson, Ali, Frazier. And pure boxers that fight really good. They were Cubans who never turned pro. They were amateurs."
Last Book Read: "[Laughs] I don't read books. I'm very had in that way. Last book that I read...a book for my kids when they want to go to bed. This is the book I read."
Current Car: "Range Rover (black)."
First Famous Boxer You Me Or Encountered: "Teofilo Stevenson when I was twelve. He was at a tournament for young kids."
Greatest Sports Moment: "Fighting at Madison Square Garden on HBO is one of the greatest moments. Having a big fight at Madison Square Garden is the greatest moment of my career."
Most Painful Moment: "It was an injury, an operation I had in 2009. I was like half a year without fighting. That was hard."
Strangest Fight Or Opponent: "No, no. Thank God everything has been good. Everything has been cool. I don't believe that before a fight you have to insult people or say bad things. That's good for me because if somebody insult me I would punch them no matter what. No, it's cool. This guy Bryant (Jennings) is cool. Like I said, we see who is the best in the ring on Saturday night. That's it. We don't have to insult you or insult me or your family or nothing. Because it has nothing to do with that. This is boxing. If you are better than me, we will see on Saturday night."
Funny Boxing Memory: "Oh man, a lot. Boxing is my life. I love boxing. Everything about boxing makes me laugh. Even when I do it myself. I see it later, Oh, look at this, wow. Everything makes me laugh, it's good."
Why Do You Love Boxing: "I don't know, when I was five years old I started boxing and I don't know. I love boxing because I love fighting. I wanted to go pro all my life."
Favorite Sport Outside Boxing: "Oh man, baseball, man. Baseball. I like my basketball too. Miami Heat."
Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: "Derek Jeter. David Ortiz. Dwyane Wade."
Embarrassing Boxing Memory: "Right now, until now, no. Thank God no. No. Everything's been good until now. I have my losses like everybody. Never been stopped, never been to the ground. At the moment, no embarrassing.
Hardest Puncher You Faced: "Magomed Abdusalamov."
Toughest Opponent Faced: "Him."
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: "I no eat ice cream. But I take a bite all the time when I buy it for my kids. Yeah, vanilla."
First Job: "Is that necessary? I don't know how to explain it."
Pre-Fight Feeling: "To fight. I can't wait to fight."
People Qualities Most Admired: "Everybody has different qualities. It's not really a difference to me. People are nice. Respect is the most important thing for me. Like you respect me, I respect you. If you are nice, that's good to me."