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Ivan Calderon: I'm Off To Mexico To Get What's Mine!

By Jhonny Gonzalez

Former champion Ivan Calderon has gone back to his basics as he prepares for the April 2 rematch with WBO junior flyweight champion Giovani Segura. The first fight, held last August in Puerto Rico, saw Segura end Calderon's unbeaten streak with an eight round TKO. The rematch takes place in Segura's home of Mexico. Calderon continues to tell himself that he is coming to Segura's turf to "get what's mine."

"I'm doing things like I did before, when I was 27 years old. For this fight with Segura, I implemented the same things when I became a champion at 108 pounds against Hugo Cazares. It was a training combo of working strength and running, the right food and for the first time in my career, I am stationed at the home of Felix Pagan Pintor," Calderon said to Carlos Gonzalez. "Now I understand why Miguel Cotto prefers to be away, so you have the necessary peace to be very focused on the fight."

Calderon completed six rounds of sparring with Jose Mercedes and Kevin Vazquez. The change of environment gives Calderon a peace of mind that he usually wouldn't have if he trained around his home. In the first fight, Calderon says that he arrived with injuries and they hurt him during the contest.

"I neglected [the hamstring injury] because I wanted to fight. I did not stop the fight because it was a unification and the audience wanted it. I trusted in my abilities and I never thought I'd get hit with a good shot," said Calderon.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeadUppercut on 03-25-2011

Ivan is a great champion, and a great fighter. Always the smaller man, and hardly a vicious punching machine..... but he will still fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. WARRR Calderon !! How much does the giant-killer have left ? Can he…

Comment by TheMexHurricane on 03-25-2011

[QUOTE=BorderPatrol;10282075]I like Chavez, even though in my opinion, he lost to LaPorte. I am also bit concerned about the Capetillo connection. I would have given Chavez more props had he admitted he lost to Whitaker, and taken his loss to…

Comment by TheMexHurricane on 03-25-2011

[QUOTE=BorderPatrol;10280134]Damn, do you think they purposely misunderstand what I say, or it's the lead paint diet?? Nobody said PRs were ALL European kid. What I did say was that GENETICALLY, as per scientific studies, the PR has primarily EUROPEAN blood…

Comment by theplayerpimp on 03-25-2011

[QUOTE=BorderPatrol;10282789]What is your point? He was an idiot who lacked the character to be civilized. I understand the loser evicted his OWN MOTHER from her house. Pretty pathetic. There is a certain maturity that these fighters seem to always lack.…

Comment by Hallaqsillaq on 03-25-2011

Boxing used to be a gentleman's sport...

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