Edwin Sandoval Discusses His Upcoming Pro Debut

By Ryan Burton

On April 24th, Edwin Sandoval will make his pro debut at the Discoteca Hangar 27 in Tijuana, Mexico against Ramon Gamboa who will also be making his first professional ring appearance.

Sandoval, who hails from Bakersfield, Calif. admits that he doesn't know a lot about his opponent.  He said that he will approach the fight the same way he approached his amateur fights and make his opponent adjust to him.

"I don't know anything about my him.  We tried to get some info on him but we didn't find anything out.  I am going to execute my game plan and make him fight my fight.  We are not going to fight his fight.

"I think the amateur experience will play a big part (in fight).  I believe I have more amateur experience than him and in the amateurs you don't prepare for an opponent.  You just train to be ready because you don't know who you will be facing.  I will just train for an opponent.  I don't know how tough this kid will be but I will be ready," said Sandoval.

The 21-year-old had a successful amateur career, winning three national silver medals.  Sandoval feels that he should have captured at least two golds butt said that he was a victim of amateur politics.

"I did well in the amateurs.  I had about 83 fights with 13 losses.  I had an out of state title and regional titles that qualified me for the nationals.  I fought in the nationals and I took silver all three times.  The first nationals was a close fight that I thought I lost.  The second fight could have went either way and a lot of people I won. The third fight I definitely won but they didn't give it to me," Sandoval stated.

Sandoval was out of the sport for a while after his coach Mike Dallas Sr. passed away from his battle against cancer. He ended up getting a job and tried to stay in shape during his free time. He said that people kept asking him about his boxing career and one day he decided to quit his job and go back into boxing full time.

After Dallas' passing, he didn't have a place train until a friend of his mentioned his name to a University of Southern California boxing coach who then passed his name on to Sheer Sports Management

"I started going to LA to spar and hoped to catch somebody's attention.  One of my friends is friends with one of the coaches at USC, Ramon Estrada I believe his name.  He had connections with Sheer Sports Management and the rest is history.  I am here in Santa Monica in my training camp and ready to make my pro debut," Sandoval told

Sandoval-Gamboa is scheduled for four rounds and is part of a fight card that features a total of eight, four round fights.

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