(AUG 27) WBAN got an
opportunity this week to interview professional boxer 24-year
old Celina Salazar, of San Antonio, Texas. Salazar
has been boxing professionally since April of 2009, when she
debuted against Lisa Lamb. Salazar, with a 5-1-2 (1KO),
has fought some of the top female boxers in the sport, that
include Christina Ruiz, Melinda Cooper, and now former world
champion Ana Julaton, who she just recently defeated on August
17th by a 10-round unanimous decision in Cancun, Mexico.
What got you into
the sport of boxing?
Salazar: When I was 10
years old, I was
wanting to get into dancing, so one day my mom had asked my dad
to take me to sign up for lessons. But, when I got to the dance
there was a karate school right next to it. I had
always wanted to be in Karate, and so my father signed me up.
When I got home and told my mom the news she was a bit upset but never
I then went from there to kickboxing a few years later. I was
training for a kickboxing fight and that was when my karate
instructor took me to Ramos Boxing. Arturo and my
instructor were friends
and trained together. After my kickboxing fight my instructor
wasn't able to teach me so I went back to Ramos. I fell in love
with the sport and have been there ever since. I was 13 when I first
got there. I grew up there.
TL Fox: Do you box full
time, or hold down working a job and boxing?
Salazar: I have a full
schedule. I go to school, work and box. I work as an
administrative assistant at a local business at First Memorial Park Cemetery. I deal
with families at their worst time of their lives, so It makes my
life seem easy! (laughs) My coach, Arturo Ramos III is the
General Manager there so he is really flexible with the hours I
work. It helps being able to have a job that works with you when
you're in this sport cause you never know when you need time off
for a fight or to go to camp. All of the staff is really
helpful. The owner of the cemetery, Mr. Jerome H. Camero also
supports me. I'm lucky to have their support.
TL Fox: Now that you've been
in the ring with two former world champions in your last couple
of fights----who would you want to fight next?
Salazar: I try not to worry
about who I'm going to fight. We have a solid team of people who
I'm comfortable with and trust. The only thing they ask me is
what weight I'm comfortable at. So I'll be fighting at 118-122.
I'll fight whoever they put in front of me. I'm a fighter. This is boxing----we train and get paid to fight. That's what I do. I
take and treat this sport with respect. Whenever I step into the
ring, I can guarantee that I'm ready. I don't like making
excuses for my results, so I prepare well every time I go to
battle. If I lose, it's part of boxing. I accept it and move
on. I don't get paid to be researching or looking up who I'm
fighting. I love this sport. I love being in combat.
other things that come with being a top fighter and when I get
there I'll deal with them. My trainer, Arturo III went through
this as a boxer so he's helped me deal with lots of the things I
have trouble with.
I'm not comfortable with the whole taking
photos, posing, talking to the media, dressing a certain way,
etc... but he tells me that's part of the sport, especially in
women's boxing. So I do whatever it takes to help my career. . .
. well, not ANYTHING, like he always tells me, "if you're not
comfortable doing something for personal reasons, don't do it.
There's nothing wrong with saying "no" sometimes, there's always
TL Fox: You seemed to keep a
very fast pace throughout the bout against Ana Julaton. How did
you prepare for this and what was your game plan going into the
Salazar: My training camp
started in San Antonio with Arturo Jr. , Hector and Mike Ramos.
They basically put me through some workouts to keep my body
strong for all 10 rounds. This was important cause this was my
first time going this many rounds. Before this fight I had only
gone 6 rounds once. My coaches Arturo III, Arturo Jr, Hector and
Mike Ramos all came up with workouts to help me prepare for 10
After three weeks, I went to Tampa for two weeks with Arturo
III. All we did there was work on the game plan, study videos,
and fine tune everything. Our game plan was to make her fight.
We wanted to go in there and close the distance by moving
forward, slow her down with some body shots and cut the ring
cause we knew she would run once she felt my strength.
coaches told me she wasn't going to stay in front of me and mix
it up like in her other fights. I can honestly say I expected a
much tougher fight. She had a lot riding on this win. If she
would have won this fight lots of doors would have opened for
her. It's a shame it was so lopsided. I wanted to give the fans
a more competitive fight which is why I prepared myself. [Full
TL Fox: How long will you be
Salazar: As long as my body
allows me too and as long as I'm excited about the sport. When
something starts getting boring you stop giving it your all. I'd
rather stop boxing than half ass it.
TL Fox: How does your family
feel about her being in the ring?
Salazar: Well, I'm sure they
worry about me getting hurt but they all support me. My parents,
aunts, uncles, cousins, brother ALL of my family supports me. It
helps having a team, family, employees, and boss' that go out of
their way to support me. The sport is not easy and I'm thankful
to have their support.
TL Fox: Are
there other family members who are also into boxing?
Salazar: No, I'm the only one
who boxes. I only have one brother. He's in the military.
TL Fox: What would you like
to accomplish in the sport?
Salazar: I would love to win
and defend a world title belt and be seen on TV. I also would
like to be one of the females that help put women's boxing on
the map. I want to make a name for myself so I can encourage
others to not only follow in my footsteps but to dedicate
themselves and never give up.
In the last 24 months I've had a
torn ACL and broken toe. I could have easily quit but I
continued. The result was the fight against Ana Julaton and
Melinda Cooper, two former world champions, that I feel has put
my name among some of the top female boxers out there. I'd like
to teach others to set goals and go for them, that everything is
possible with the right team and attitude. I would gladly accept
to be the face of womens' boxing because I know I take this sport
seriously and prepare myself well each time. I don't cut
corners. I enjoy working hard and preparing myself for the big
TL Fox: When
you are not boxing, what other things do you enjoy doing?
Salazar: I enjoy going out
with my family and friends. My family like to be active so we go
out camping and I love anything that involves the being outdoors. I
enjoy seeing my nephews play whatever sport they get into for
the season I go out there and support them I like to go out
like any other person just being out or just going to the
TL Fox: What would you tell other
females who want to get into boxing, what advice would you give
Salazar: I would tell them to try it out Get into the
workouts of boxing learn the technique and skills. It amazing
how much you will learn from boxing and from yourself. This
sport will teach you discipline strength and courage, and
with that you can do anything you set your mind to.
TL Fox: Any last comments that I may not have asked you in
this interview that you would like to add?
Salazar: Just want to thank everyone who continues
to support women's boxing. Its come a very long way in the past
couple of years and hopefully us women can continue to move the
sport forward and eventually earn the same respect and
popularity as the men. It's been exciting being part of two
major TV cards with golden boy and I hope they continue to give
us these opportunities.
WBAN would like to thank Celina for taking
the time to be interviewed this week!