Young New Yorker Zachary Ochoa fights for the fourth time this year tonight as the Golden Boy prospect lines up on the popular LA Fight Club series against the experienced Alejandro Rodriguez.
At just 22 years of age, Ochoa is highly touted as a future super lightweight contender as ‘Zungry’ aims to win a thirteenth straight bout since turning professional in September 2011 with victory over William Ware.
Ochoa heads into his next fight in a good place and took time out in the build-up to talk about his career and preparation with WBN this week.
“I feel I am still learning. I am still young and gaining whatever experience I can. I feel that things are going well and I am getting more comfortable and more dangerous with every fight,” Ochoa told World Boxing News.
“I am a very critical fighter of myself and I train very hard. My toughest test is to be patient. I have to stay focused and gain the experience I need and go out there and let the fans know I take my career seriously.
“My trainer Kelly Richarson has been really focusing on setting up more shots and placing better boxing shots. Now we are working to be more comfortable in the ring and to calm and patient. Our plan is to stay in our game for the fight and set the pace.”
Asked how it feels to be part of LA Fight Club as he makes his way through the ranks, Ochoa replied: “It’s a great feeling. My favorite movie of all time is Fight Club with Brad Pitt. I was excited because I always wanted to be part of ‘Fight Club’ and this is great,” said Ochoa.
“It’s a great thing for all the young prospects that are growing and it’s a great platform for Golden Boy to showcase the young talent. You’ve never seen a boring fight on LA Fight Club and I am excited to be part of it.
“Hopefully twelve months down the line then I’ll be a contender and getting closer and closer to a world title fight. I would be a more seasoned fighter, more experienced. My body would be more mature and stronger.”
And when does Ochoa hope to be fighting for world titles?
“I am not sure, I am still considered a prospect, but as long I keep winning, the closer I am. Golden Boy has really been helping me get more fights and the experience I need to get closer to that dream.
“My good friend Sadam Ali has been with Golden Boy for years and they have helped to make him a star. I know he is next in line to be a world champion.
“All I have to do is focus and work hard, because nothing will come quick,” he added.