"Ever since I can remember I love boxing. Boxing chose me,
it's in my DNA.
Boxing is my life. I don’t see myself doing
anything else. I love the sport and it’s is my passion. I love every single
thing about it.
Boxing is part of my life and I don’t know if I would have made it this far
without boxing." Luis "Orlandito" Del
Valle in an exclusive one on one interview. Check out what the highly
regarded prospect has to share with you.
SA: Thank you
for taking the time to talk to SylvanaBoxing.com. What are you up to?
great, thanks for asking. Not much. Resting is almost done and I’ll be
starting training and road work very soon.
SA: I know
it’s been a few weeks but congratulations on your recent win over Andre
you. Wilson was a tough customer, very strong and came out to win but we
were prepared to break him down and we did. I kind of did as I expected, yes
and no. We came out with the win as we expected but I suffered two cuts
during the fight and we weren’t expecting to get those cuts. We expected to
get back in the ring shortly but this is part of the game and we take it how
SA: Any news on
when you are going to fight next?
OV: I don’t have
an exact date but I should be back sometime in July. I fight anybody as long
as it makes sense and my eyes are set to capture a world title soon or
SA: When you are
in between fights do you stay in the gym?
OV: After every
fight I take a couple of weeks off then I jump back to training mode. I am a
fighter all year around.
SA: Can you tell
us about your amateur journey up to when you turned pro?
OV: I spent 8
years as an amateur. I had a record of 114-12 with medals at international
competition, national championships in PR and USA. I turned pro in 2008 with
a 3rd round knockout over Ray Rivera. I have plenty of memories but I really
enjoyed all the traveling visiting different countries and cultures. Been
part of the 2007 US Pan Am Games Team and been ranked #1 in the US for
almost two years for me. It was my finest achievement.
supposed to go to the Olympics but didn’t end up going. Can you tell us
OV: I lost in the
qualifying bout against the eventual Olympian Raynell Williams. At the time
it was a disappointing moment but I got over it very fast because my real
dream is to become a world champion as a pro and going to the Olympics was
going to be an extra for me.
SA: What got you involved in boxing
and how has boxing physically and mentally changed you over the years?
OV: My cousin
Rafael Del Valle was a WBO Batamweight champion back in the 90's and my dad
used to always watch his fights but ever since I can remember I love boxing.
Boxing chose me, it's in my DNA.
Boxing is my life. I don’t see myself doing anything else. I love the sport
and it’s is my passion. I love every single thing about it but I really love
and enjoy represent my people and knowing that they all in my back.
It has changed me in all ways. Boxing is part of my life and I don’t know if I would have made
it this far without boxing.
SA: You were a
very accomplished amateur boxer, and are also now making big waves nowadays
as a pro boxer. So with a record of 17-1-0, what do you feel makes you stand
out from the other prospects?
OV: I left Puerto
Rico and everything behind when I was 16 years old to pursue my dream and at
26 I’m still spending most of the time away from my family in order to
achieve my dream and that’s not an easy task to do. You know my ambition to
succeed in the sport are my family, fans, friends and the desire of going
down the history of boxing and live like a champion the rest of my days
after I hang them up.
SA: What made you
turn pro and how did it feel when you
when you stepped in the ring for the first
time as a pro?
I didn’t qualify for the Olympics and I wasn’t going to wait around another
4 years. Well, I was 21 yrs old with 126 amateur fights. It was just the
right time. It was a great feeling and still feeling the same every time I step in.
I get butterflies from time to time but I come to fight all the time so is
SA: What would
you say is the biggest lesson you have learnt so far and what do you
feel you could improve on?
You can’t never get comfortable because the competition is working hard as
you or harder and if you get comfortable you will pay for it and I did.
There's always room to improve but I’m working on my jab and defense.
I’d like to ask you about the Vic Darchinyan fight – it was a
very interesting fight, a prospect vs. veteran.
OV: I wish I had
the experience but I had to take that fight in order to gain it and
I don’t regret a single bit. I'll will beat him in a rematch.
SA: Do you feel
that having 50/50 fights is more important than protecting that “0”?
OV: I feel when
you reach a certain level you must be in 50/50 fights all the time but at
the same time this is a business and keeping that "0" brings more attention
SA: What is your favorite Mexican/Puerto Rican boxing
Felix "Tito" Trinidad vs. Fernando Vargas is my favorite so far.
SA: So for those
who have not been lucky to get to know you – why don’t you tell us about
yourself and your life outside of the ring?
I am just normal person. I love been around my family as much as I can. I
love Puerto Rican and Mexican food. Latin music like Salsa, Merengue and
Bachata is what I listen the most. I don’t read much but any book of
financial knowledge gets my attention and any movie Will Smith and Denzel
Washington is in might be my favorite. I was born and raised in Bayamon,
Puerto Rico and thanks for the education and discipline my parents gave me I
have never been in trouble outside the ring.
SA: What about
your family, how do they feel about you fighting?
My family are my greatest supporters. Instead of it being me, they get all
the butterflies for me.
SA: What do
people not know about you?
Ummm... I would say that in my first amateur fight I caught an a** whooping
that would make you think I was never going to be a good boxer (laughs).. The
fight is actually on youtube.
would you like to have achieved by the end of year and in the next 5 years?
I would love to add two more fights and be on line to major fights coming up
2014 and most definitely financial set and already a World Champion in at least two
SA: What kind of
legacy would you like to leave in the boxing world?
I haven’t thought much about that but I would love to leave a legacy like
Trinidad and Gomez did but those are very big shoes to fit so I am aiming to
SA: Is there
anything that you would like to add to the interview?
Thank you for having me on. To all my fans, thanks for the non stop support,
I'll will continue my journey to the top with each one of you in my back and
if there is anyone interested in contacting me or stay in touch with me and
my career @orlanditoboxing on twitter is the way.
Special thoughts are
going out to our dear friend Andrew Millwall
who sadly passed away. This
interview was very important to him, as he connected us and supported
Orlandito. "He is such an intelligent, and lovely guy. He will be a world
champion one day, my good friend Orlandito", stated Andrew a few weeks
before his passing. Andrew, you are in our thoughts. Gone but never
RIP Andrew Millwall
-> In Memoriam