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Sergio Thompson's Motivation Soars as Title Shot Nears

By Ben Jacobs

Sergio ‘Yeyo’ Thompson is hard at work in Los Angeles as he prepares for his WBC super-featherweight world title clash against Takashi Miura on August 17.

The Mexican is spending his second camp in the United States and is training under the watchful eye of the experienced Clemente Medina as well as engaging in top sparring with Julián ‘El Camarón’ Ramírez and Emmanuel Medina, his trainer’s son.

Thompson caught the attention of the boxing public in March 2012 when he upset Jorge Linares in two rounds, a fight which opened many doors for the Quintana Roo native. 

Now the biggest moment of his career has arrived at a time in which he feels he is in the best form of his life.

“I’m feeling very motivated, I can’t wait to be a world champion,” Thompson told BoxingScene.

“I want to triumph, I want to win.  I’m just a step away now from being a world champion.

“My opponent Miura is strong; he’s always looking for the knockout.  He wants to win.  But we’re going to try to and counteract his left hand and counterpunch him and make sure he doesn’t surprise us with anything.”

Thompson will once again be fighting in front of his hometown fans in Cancun, the same city in which he defeated Linares.  Some believe that is a significant advantage, but Thompson points out that it can have negative consequences as well.

“Sometimes I feel some pressure fighting in front of my hometown fans because I don’t want to let people down.  But it is nice to be among your own people, and I want to bring more success to Quintana Roo, my region, and to Mexico.

“A lot of people don’t know me and the capabilities that I have but I think after this fight they’re going to know me even more.

“I didn’t think I would win as easily as I did [against Linares]. 

“I knew about his abilities and his strength.  There was talk before that that I might fight Antonio DeMarco, but I’m not a lightweight, I’ve always been a featherweight.  I decided to fight Linares and I won, which opened up a lot of doors for me.”

Sergio confirmed that he is indeed comfortable at super-featherweight and is training hard to be in optimum shape for the fight, nevertheless he did take a look at the future and a possible fight down the line.

“I think I will go up to lightweight in the future, it’s actually my natural weight.  It’s ideal and I have no problems making it. 

“I plan to win this fight and then make one or two defences before moving up to 135lbs.
“Ricky Burns is a strong fighter at lightweight, he’s a good boxer and he has a good future.  It’s a fight I’d want but that’s down to the promotional companies to sort out.

“Right now I have Miura in front of me.  After I beat him, why not think about the other top fighters in my division like Román Martínez? 

“I want to fight the best.”

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