Puerto Rican amateur star Prichard Colon is gearing up for his first appearance in the paid ranks on February 23 and hopes to make a strong impression on home soil as part of a Miguel Cotto promoted card.
The 20 year-old, who is set to campaign between 147 and 154, has high hopes for his first year as a professional and hopes an impressive win will attract the attention of the top promoters.
“I’m excited as it’s always great to make your debut in front of your own people and have the fans support,” Colon told World Boxing News.
“I’ve been training hard for the past seven weeks so I’m ready to go and feeling strong. Coming into this fight, we added a physical trainer to the team and the results will be seen come fight night. It’s a matter of making weight now and getting in the ring and making a statement.
“We have agreed to a catchweight of 150 pounds for the fight promoted by Miguel Cotto Promotions and I have an opponet from Aguada, Puerto Rico. His name is Xavier, but to be honest, I don’t know much about him, just that he has had one pro fight. It’s not a problem for me though as I am ready for any style he might come with. I’m prepared and confident that with my amateur background and hardwork, I will be victorious.
“I hope that by the end of this year to be at least 6-0 and have come to a promotional agreement with one of the top promotional companyies. I also want to be recognized as a up and coming prospect from Puerto Rico in my division.
“I am a young age for turning pro, so I hope that at 24 I can become Puerto Rico’s next world champion and an idol like Trinidad, Cotto, Camacho or Gomez etc.
“I hope to win my first title at 147 or 154 and keep moving up and winning in other divisions. I want to become a legend in the sport and finish my career in the Boxing Hall of Fame.
“As an amateur I travelled the world and fought the best world champions and Olympic medallists, so I am looking forward to doing the same as a pro later on in my career.
“Hopefully when I get up to that level, people like Devon Alexander, Canelo and Rabchenko will still be around, if not, I will take whoever is on top at the time,” he concluded.
Colon fights on the undercard of Edgardo ‘Sasso’ Lopez’s rematch against Orlando Vasquez, which takes place at the Coliseo Cosme Beitia in Catano and also features Jose ‘Chiquiro’ Martinez and Starling Cordero.