Josniel Castro | Knuckle Up with Mike and Cedric | Talkin Fight
EPISODE: Episode 56
Mike and Cedric discuss Josniel Castro is a Pro Boxer out of Westbrook, Maine, United States.
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[, Music ]: what up talking fight fans thanks for tuning in to today’s episode of knuckle up featuring mike orr and cedric ben doing what we do best guys cross hex? You know what it is we’re here.
It’S wednesday it’s hump day, cedric you’re about to uh.
Take off and go to bulgaria, so you know we’re gon na make it an easy week for you, brother, because i know you got a lot of work ahead of you when you get there.
Yes, challenging experience, it’s going to be a challenging, but wonderful experience.
I can’t wait to see some of the footage that uh that you bring us from bulgaria.
It’S gon na be great, but guys.
You know what we’re here for today.
Man we’re talking prospects and we got a great one for you, uh, a man that goes by the name of joseo castro, the gorilla, yes, man, the gorilla.
Let me tell you about this kid.
He is managed um by shiron’s boxing, like uh sorry he’s promoted by sharon’s boxing promotions.
Um this kid he’s managed by chuck sharon’s.
He is sporting, a wonderful undefeated record right now of 9-0, with seven knockouts in the welterweight division.
This 25 year old, five nine fighter is out of boca raton florida originally from carolina.
Puerto rico he’s ranked 80th out of 396 in the united states right now, 405 out of 2071 in the world, and he is sporting, a 70 knockout rating uh he’s.
You know been in this career now this pro, you know the paid ranks man for two years.
Now uh he debuted november, the 14th 2020 guys he is scheduled to fight diego vincent perez coming october, the 8th 2022 at the tennis center in delray beach, and he is also scheduled to fight november the 5th less than a month later, uh at the aic gymnasium.
In springfield, so yes, this kid is super super busy, uh gorilla man, let’s uh, let’s talk about him.
I know you’ve been watching some of these uh wonderful highlights, cedric, let’s break it down for the people.
How old is he 25 25 and he’s staying active he’s? Staying busy, that’s that’s a good thing, so you know you can tell he’s really in the gym a lot um.
One thing i like about him is how he keeps his hands up nice.
Both hands up his lead hand up high.
You know i always talk about this generation of boxers um and understandably so everyone tries to copy mayweather he’s the best of the generation.
So you understand why everyone tries to copy his style.
A lot of people can do it.
We’Ve got to master the fundamentals.
First master, the fundamentals and he does a good job of that.
He comes forward he’s not just keeping his hands up waiting for you like he’s keeping his hands up coming forward and starting with his jab and it’s different because he puts pressure on you.
There’S different types of pressure like he puts that pressure on you like he’s coming after you, but he’s not he’s not like smothering you, just with random punches he’s coming after you, but he’s stopping at a certain distance to make sure that he’s at full extension with His straight punches right, so yeah definitely utilizing the power that he has uh.
You know at 25.
This kid can drop people man, you know he’s supporting a great knockout rating.
You know nine wins seven coming by way of knockout um.
I i i’m pretty sure you’re watching that third round of that fight, uh, where he is just literally picking apart his opponent, um and – and i love the way he throws – that jab out there man, you know, he’s utilizing that jab too, it’s full extension, which means He’S getting maximum power and torque on those punches and then he’s not afraid to play the levels.
You know he’s throwing that jab out there to blind you so that when you cover up he’s coming downstairs and he’s going to rip you and punish you to the body man, this kid is the true gorilla um.
You know this.
Kid is definitely he’s got a long, long career ahead of him.
You know uh, he has a bright future.
Definitely has a bright future ahead of him he’s an extremely talented fighter who has gotten his professional career off to an unbeaten start.
You know 9-0 seven kos uh, you know he has a devoted manager in chuck schumer’s, wait, wait, wait! Wait before you get all the other details going back and about the about his jab um that that fight that you just talked about where he stopped his opponent.
In the third round yeah all those body shots were set up because he was using his jab and his opponent.
He kept that jab into the opponent’s face the whole time, so he couldn’t even really prepare for the for the body shots and then, once you once, you get a lot of body shots like just that your hands will drop a little bit more and that just Open up top jab a couple couple of jabs up top to get his hands back up and then right back downstairs, um, so yeah man he’s a very smart boxer.
Definitely definitely has a high iq for a guy who’s.
Only 25 years old in the ring um yeah, exactly what you’re saying cedric you know he’s he’s keeping the pressure on with that jab so that you know his opponent can’t really see where it’s coming.
You know where it’s going to go next uh, you know, and he he’s really really good at playing those levels.
He knows how to you know.
He knows how to use that distance and his height to his advantage um and he fights like a very tall, long boxer uh.
So definitely this kid is going to be one to watch in the future.
Um, you know he’s got a devoted manager, chuck sheeran’s, experienced trainer derek santos in his corner.
However, life has not always been this good to castro, in particular his childhood, which was very district uh when his family moved from puerto rico to lawrence massachusetts, when he was a baby, his parents abandoned him because he did not want to take care of him.
So he spent most of his childhood living in and out of, shelters and five different fosters home constantly.
Apart from his uh siblings, castro was always getting into trouble and fights in school and hung around the wrong crowd that you know was involved in drugs when he turned 18.
He was homeless for a couple of months after uh he aged out of the juvenile system.
Nevertheless, he got his life moving in the right direction.
With the help of boxing um.
You know castro and insurance met through a mutual friend, kendrick ball senior in november of 2020, and they really bonded with one another.
Sharon’S first became his advisor and later his manager uh, you know castro, another integral part of castro’s team is his trainer santos, who has been a trainer for over 20 years and has been either the chief corner, man or assistant trainer for several former world champions, nate Campbell uh nate campbell, randy, bailey, sergey kovalev, adonis stevenson, uh barthelomy and the current wba well, the wba champ ugass, while castro was in boca raton area of florida uh, he met santos after hearing really good things about him and his fellow fighters.
Following a series of meetings over the next several months um, you know castro eventually moved to florida and they have been inseparable ever since casper’s professional career, you know, is really great uh.
You know off to a great start: man uh because of his mental toughness, tremendous work ethic uh, you know, being a great listener who absorbs whatever information santos tells him because of that wonderful bond that they have uh.
You know, as he has a constant desire to learn and get better.
He also displays hard-hitting left hook and that right uppercut, which has contributed to three straight knockout victories in four of in four out of five of his fights with santos in his corner.
Castro’S skills and power will undoubtedly get ex exponentially better over time.
In addition, he’s gained a valuable fighting experience by sparring uh with two stablemates former world light champion chris algieri, as well as former mma star vitor belfort.
Now a heavyweight boxer who is the most recent uh fight one, a first round technical knockout ever hall of famer evander holyfield.
You know castro and santos have trained together for the past eight well over about 18 months um in boca raton.
During his time.
Castro is now 9-0 um, so guys be on the lookout for this guy man.
Sharon’S in santos castro’s team consists of strength and conditioning coach, also phil, daryu and nutritionist, jose roja uh and the camp coordinator marine shea.
So this guy definitely has uh the right people behind him.
Uh and you know with somebody like vitor belfor as a as you know, a training partner.
No, we know where this power is coming from.
You know castro had a great amateur career, consisted of 45 amateur fights which he uh ended up with 28 28-17 record.
While he fought for uh portland boxing club, he moved to maine for a chance of scenery, uh for a change of scenery and to focus on boxing casper’s amateur career column.
Uh culminated him being ranked the third in the united states in the welterweight 152 pound division from 2017 to 2018 and just uh 31 fights.
Many of his votes came against boxers, who had three times as many fights as he did.
Castro won a bronze medal at the usa national championships in 2016.
He made it to the semifinals in 2017 and 2018.
He advanced to the quarterfinals of the usa, national gold uh national championships in 2017, and he was a four-time new england golden gloves champion from 2015 to 2018, and you know he owns amateur victories over unbeaten professionals, jalen renaud and joey borin, um oreo.
Sorry, a little bit tongue tied there and a usa national england welterweight champion mike ohan jr, who was 14 1 and 8 with akos.
So we know definitely that he is a highly decorated amateur.
We can see that and you can definitely see that in the skills uh cedric.
You want to add to this um.
You said it all.
Basically, um yeah man.
You know what it is: yeah yeah yeah, but i was just gon na say: what does they have? What’S his next thing scheduled? Does he have anything sanders up yeah, so his next fights we got him scheduled he’s going to be fighting october, the 8th uh against diego vincent perez, who is currently holding a record of 13, 15 and 2, and that will take place at the tennis center in Delray beach uh guys be on the lookout for this belt.
It’S going to be a good one.
What weight class is this again? This is the welters, our our 47’s, so okay, so he’s 9-0 right now, so he still has a couple of years before he reaches up to the top level, guys um.
So again, as i say all the time as these guys move up in uh in competition level, uh their skill level is gon na have to move up with them with that experience, so hopefully they gain.
You know the whole purpose of of the whole purposes when you’re in your first couple of matches is not just to simply get some easy wins is to actually learn on the job uh.
You know to get used to doing what you’re training inside the ring.
Of course, if you had a high, if you were a high level amateur, it’s a little bit easier to to make that transition, but it’s still a harder transition at the professional level.
When it’s a lot more rounds, the gloves are smaller uh and the defense is a lot more uh important.
Obviously, defense is important, all the time and whether you’re, amateur or professional, but specifically when you’re not wearing headgear and wearing smaller, smaller gloves right so with uh.
Mr uh castro definitely a great alias yes.
Hopefully he maintains his jab and uh keeps keeps progressing that he is as he moves up in the competition.
Definitely well guys, you know what it is man it’s hump day.
It’S your man, mike gore and cedric, bend doing what we do best man prospects from around the world for you to watch be on the lookout for jose castro, the gorilla coming to a fight card near you october, the 8th.
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