Frank Sanchez Faure is ready to take the heavyweight division by storm and has warned his rivals to be wary of another Cuban dangerman.
The Miami-based 26-year-old racked up nine wins in 2018, a remarkably busy schedule for a professional, and aims to extend his unbeaten record to 12 victories when he returns to the ring on July 13.
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A product of his country’s renowned amateur system, Sanchez was a Cuban national champion with an impressive 214-6 record, including wins over Erislandy Savon, who suffered a narrow defeat to Anthony Joshua at the London Olympics in 2012.
Sanchez Faure is following in the footsteps of Luis ‘King Kong’ Ortiz and has been trading punches with his big-hitting fellow countryman…
What are your memories of the amateur fights with Erislandy Savon?
He was the favourite and he was a great champion in Cuba. I beat him twice and I also beat him in the national qualifiers in my country for the Olympics, but I didn’t get the Olympic spot due to politics.
He was very slow when he got tired. I had to maintain my distance when I attacked, then I would also counter punch. Most important was the aggressiveness that I had to maintain to win.
Can you achieve more than fellow Cubans such as Luis Ortiz and Odlanier Solis in the pro ranks?
I don’t want to make comparisons to other fighters. Ortiz is a Cuban brother to me. I train with Ortiz and we’re sparring today.
What is your opinion on British rivals such as Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury?
They are very good fighters, but I can compete with them right now.
One hundred per cent yes, I would fight in Britain, or anywhere.
Would you have sparred Joshua during his last training camp in Miami?
No, I would rather fight with him than spar with him.
Yes, a tremendous surprise. If I would have fought Joshua that night they would have been surprised by me, because I would have done the same thing.