Cesar Juarez is about to end his training at the Nuevo Jordan gym in Mexico City before travelling to Ghana on Wednesday to compete for the interim super bantamweight title of the World Boxing Organization against Ghanaian boxing prodigy, Isaac Dogboe, whom he intends to knockout to erase doubts about his supremacy on January 6th.
Practically with an empty gymnasium due to the December festivities nearby, Juarez trains under the tutelage of Manuel Lopez and has had to keep the diet to stay just five pounds over the 122 required before the fight at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra.
“I’m going for knockout, as I’m always used to do. From the first round I’m going to go out and die on the line in search of the knockout, I’m not going to leave any doubt. To win in Ghana, where I will not be the favourite, the most effective thing to do is to look for the knockout,” said Juarez, 26, and 20-5 with 15 knockouts, to ESPN Deportes.
Cesar will travel next week with Manuel López.
And although many believe that fighting in a foreign country should be something to stay away from, he is used to fighting away from home.
“Unfortunately since I started my career as a boxer I never had the backing of a company that was taking care of me. I went to places where everything was against me, where I was a completely unknown, I think I have the capacity to take on this great challenge of going to another country and putting the name of Mexico on a high spot and winning,” Juarez stated.
Cesar stressed that this will be his second degree, after having obtained a Law Degree and a Masters in Criminal Science. A totally different challenge and with much more adrenaline.
“Academics and sports are different things, boxing is a contact sport in which life is exposed and where you have to always do things well to get good results, this sport is very jealous. It feels very nice, I have a bachelor’s degree in law with a master’s degree in criminal science, but I want the world title in boxing, I want to be a different, peculiar boxer, I want to be a person prepared in both areas, in sports and as a professional,” Juarez said.
For now, Juarez hopes to establish himself as the first Mexican boxing champion in 2018, and for that he will have to defeat Dogboe, whom he recognizes as as a talented fighter. Dogboe will come to the fight with a 17-0 record and 11 knockouts.