What was is like and how did you feel when you won your first championship?
“My first championship was the WBC Light middleweight title. I won in a 12-round unanimous decision over Matthew Hatton earlier this year. The support of my fans was amazing. It's a difficult feeling to explain, but being world champion was my first dream to accomplish. I realized that dreams come true if you work hard. It is very difficult to reach that goal but never impossible. For me, there is no dream impossible. I fought 12 hard rounds and Matthew was very tough. At the end of the fight when my name was announced with my hand held high, I knew this was not a dream anymore.”
"It was 1999, I was 21 years old and I was fighting Daniel Zaragoza. I had gotten off to such a strong start to my career, winning my first pro fight at 16, that I really went into that fight with the most confidence than I ever had in my career. I knew I wasn’t leaving that ring without a championship. My fans in El Paso that night were very supportive. If I recall, I knocked him out late in the fight, 10th or 11th round. It felt very good, actually very nice and happy to make a great dream come true, and at the same time think and know that it was part of those elected to earn a world title. Undoubtedly becoming a world champion for the first time is something that only those who did it know what it feels like.”
“STAR POWER” is a mega-event taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from two world-class cities with three world titles at stake. Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz will face off in a 12-round fight for Ortiz’s WBC Welterweight World Title from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Canelo Alvarez and Alfonso Gomez will do battle in a 12-round fight for Alvarez’s WBC Super Welterweight World Title from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Also live in Las Vegas, will be Erik Morales vs. Lucas Matthysse in a 12 round fight for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight World Title and an opening fight featuring undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas against top contender Josesito Lopez. “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
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