Hector "The Hurricane" Munoz Fully Prepared for Solo Boxeo in the Bosque
Hector "The Hurricane" Munoz, former WBC USNBC champion, steps into the ring at Golden Boy/Golden Girl Promotions' Gold Rush: Solo Boxeo in the Bosque, set to take place this Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Santa Ana Star Casino, in Bernalillo, NM where he will be facing Louisiana's John "Renegade" Revish (10-5-2) as the co-main event.
Munoz (19-7-1) is an Albuquerque native, from the South Valley, who graduated from high school. Like so many others, Munoz was involved in his share of fights in school, but after high school, he joined Henry Anaya's gym. Less than a month later, he had his first amateur fight, "I was out of shape, but I just liked to throw down."
His second fight took place just a few weeks after the first, then he had one more fight, and after that he competed in Golden Gloves, finishing his amateur career at 1-2. His next fight was an exhibition against a professional boxer. What he thought was supposed to be some rounds of sparring for show, soon turned into something more serious.
After a head-butt that opened a cut on his forehead, Munoz decided he needed to fight to win, and went on to knock out his opponent. He received a cash award for that fight, which was his catalyst to going professional with a very short amateur career. Evidently, Munoz is a natural, however, as he proceeded to win the 17 of his first 18 fights.
Munoz went over to train with Louis Chavez, who helped him to get that professional debut, for Fresquez Productions', winning by KO in the second round. After that fight, he matriculated over to Danny Romero, where he fought his next seven fights, winning six of those.
At that time, Romero's father fell sick, and the gym went through multiple changes, forcing Munoz to search for a new trainer. He went to Florida, and trained with Buddy McGirt, former Lineal and WBC welterweight champion, and Arturo Gatti, world champion in two boards for two weight classes. He trained there for one of his own camps, which aired on ESPN, and helped Gatti with three of his.
From there, Munoz went to Mexico and trained with Rudy Perez (trainer for the "Baby-Faced Assassin" Marco Antonio Barrera) for one more camp, then transferred yet again to San Antonio for one more camp, and finally returned home to train once again with his old friend, Danny Romero, and then on to Freddie Roach, well-known coach of Manny Pacquiao, for one more fight, after which he took a break for a little over a year.
About two years ago, he decided to get back in the ring, and started training with Johnny Tapia, five-time world-champion in three different weight classes, and he has been there ever since. Although he's trained in several places, he has tried to maintain good relationships with his past trainers, "I'm still good friends with Danny," and loves his current boxing family: "I like it here, I can bring my son (Maximus, who is nearly 2-years old) with me every day, while my wife is at work. He tries to do what I do."
When he is not training for a fight, Munoz is paid to travel and spar with world champions - such as Fernando Vargas, Devon Alexander, and current WBA Welterweight World Champion, Vyacheslav Senchenko - to help them prepare for upcoming fights. He is also a personal trainer, and trains several students. Someday, when he decides to retire from boxing, he hopes to re-open his gym in the South Valley, which was a community organization for the under privileged kids in the area.
Munoz is hungry for the win this Saturday, having won only one (by TKO) of his last seven fights; before that, the boxer was 18-1(11 by KO), with an 11-fight win streak. However, several of those recent fights were taken on a notice of two weeks or less, the most recent one on five-days, and all against top-ten opposition; and Munoz took them because "A man has to feed his family."
But this time around, Munoz has had a full camp, and is in better shape than ever. "I feel great! Winning this fight means a lot to me; after a win here, I plan to stay in fight shape, not take any break from training, and accept one of those last minute fights I keep getting offered."
Munoz would like to thank his sponsors: Canyon Stone Company, Fred Matteucci (Trademarker of Albuqueruqe Dukes), and Trillo Tires. And most of all, he wants to thank God, "I've recently asked God into my life; I'm changing my ways, and trying to do the right thing, for me and my family."For more information on the upcoming card, visit www.goldengirl.us.
photo by "The Fox Identity" - Will Fox