Jayson Velez: I’m ready for a title now, it’s Abner Mares or Jhonny Gonzalez next

Phil Jay 16/05/2014

Unbeaten featherweight contender Jayson Velez stands on the verge of a WBC title shot after informing WBN that a clash with current champion Jhonny Gonzalez is in his sights.

The talented 26 year-old, who has 16 stoppages from 22 wins, was due to challenge Daniel Ponce De Leon for the title in 2013 until the fight was called off, and has assurances that his chance will come again if Gonzalez comes through Clive Atwell on May 24.

A final eliminator has been stipulated by the WBC between the Puerto Rican and Abner Mares, although with the latter mulling over a move up in weight, Velez could be handed his chance sooner, rather than later.

“With WBC has ordering the eliminator fight between Mares and I we have to wait until May 29th to know what will happen,” Velez exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I heard Mares will move up to 130, and if that is true, I willl fight Jhonny if he wins his fight next week. If Mares stays at 126 then obviously I will have to fight Mares, but let’s just wait two more weeks.

“Right now it is supposed to be Mares, but I don’t mind if it’s Jhonny either. I think in my division Jhonny is the tougher fighter. There is also Nicholas Walters, Evgeny Gradovich and the WBO belt is vacant – so soon it will be Lomachenko or Gary Russell, but i think Jhonny for now would be the toughest test.

“Maybe if Nonito Donaire wins a world title then it would be him, but I am ready to face any of them in the future.”

In his last fight in late April, ‘La Maravilla’ took just two rounds to finish off Miguel Soto in Bayamon and Velez believes that having a new and complete team around him has made him an even better all round boxer.

“I think it was a great performance,” said Velez. “I trained hard and everyone saw what I am capable of doing and of course, I think I am ready for my title shot now.

“I was ready when I was going to face Ponce a year ago and I believe I am even more now. I’m a better boxer right now as I have changed my corner by bringing in Abel Sanchez, added a new manager to my team in Carlos Maldonado, and have also a new nutritionist in Teo Falcon, cutman in Victor Martinez, photgrapher in Misael Rodriguez and my physical trainer, Abdiel Mulero, who is an important part of my team.

“You’ll see also my ex trainer in my corner, Jose Parrilla, who I am very thankful for what he has done with me so far. I have a complete team right now, so I am ready for anyone who is put in front of me,” he added.

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