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01/17/2006 Archived Entry: "Miguel Hernandez Talks on Fighting Ryan Davis February 10th in Miami!"

Miguel Hernandez Talks on Fighting Ryan Davis February 10th in Miami!

Interview and photos by Juan C. Ayllon

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"Macho" Miguel Hernandez and a second pose for the camera following his bout vs. Hajicek

CHICAGO, January 16óPopular local middleweight ďMachoĒ Miguel Hernandez has been slogging away at Chicagoís Windy City Boxing Gym, biding his time and boxing at local shows in hopes of getting an opportunity to advance himself in this roughest of sports, professional boxing. As with most pro boxers, he works hard to make ends meet and provide for his family the best he can. This February, a more sizable payday and a televised opportunity await, courtesy of one Ryan Davis for the World Boxing Councilís USA Middleweight Title.

At 31 years age and a record of 18-3 with nine knockouts, Hernandez looks to give it his best, capitalize on whatever opportunities he can, and bring home several solid paydays for his loved ones before calling it a career. To maximize his returns, he is enlisting the services of Chicago promoter Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions. A tough slugger with only nine amateur fights and a couple Chicago Golden Gloves titles, Hernandez faces an uphill battle as he seeks to progress in this most unforgiving sport.

His record includes wins over Minnesota Middleweight Champions Butch Hajicek and Christopher Holt; Anthony Bowman; Jonathan Corn; and Rudy Lovato. In July, Hernandez lost a split decision to Kenny Kostówhose only loss was to former Olympian Andre Ward, whom he hurt early on and lost a decision to. Hernandez also lost a split decision to Chris Troupe in 2003 and a unanimous decision to Shay Mobley in January 2005. Hernandez has never been stopped.

His upcoming opponent, Ryan Davis, packs a decent resume. In addition to a more extensive amateur career, his record includes: a win over Juan Carlos Garcia for the WBE Intercontinental Title; a TKO loss to vaunted Mexican slugger Carlos Bojorquez in August; and a split decision loss to rugged trial horse Anthony Ivoryówhose record is a veritable ďWhoís WhoĒ of boxing, including a win and a loss against Antwun Echols and losses to WBC, WBA and IBF Light Middleweight Champ Winky Wright, WBA Super Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler, former WBO Middleweight Champ Felix Sturm, and light middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio.

Coming off an impressive win over rugged Butch Hajicek in which he scored three knockdowns on January 6th, Hernandez and his chiropractor/training and diet advisor Dr. Stoxen DC spoke with the Cyber Boxing Zoneís Juan Ayllon about his next fight.

JUAN AYLLON: How are you doing today, Miguel?

MIGUEL HERNANDEZ: Iím doing good, man, Iím doing good.

JA: Tell us about your upcoming match.

MH: I fight on February 10th in Miami, Florida against Ryan Davis. You know, heís a tough fighter. Heís 19 and four, [and a former] six-time Golden Glove champion. Heís the WBE [Intercontinental] Middleweight Champion. You know, weíre fighting for the WBC USA Middleweight Title.

Itís a delayed broadcast on CSS/Comcast.

JA: What is your thinking on strategy and the challenge Ryan presents?

MH: Well, you know, I donít know too much about the kid. I know that he comes to fight. You know, I hear he was with Baldomiróthe guy that beat Zab Judahóhe was his sparring partner. So, you know heís in shape and itís going to be an exciting fight.

Iím just excited for the opportunity, you know. Iím going to give it a 110 percent. And, this year is the New Year and weíre going to fight. You know, let the best man win. I donít know too much about him. So, itís going to be an exciting fight.

JA: Will you watch some tapes of Ryan to help prepare?

MH: Well, thereís not that many tapes of this kid. So, you know, [what exists are] old tapes on him. [With] tapes, really, you can watch as many tapes on a fighter and itís [a mixed bag at best]óthe last time I watched a tape was against Luis ďLoboĒ Lopez, when I fought him. He came in after the first round. Sam told me, ĎForget the tape; this is a different fighter.í And, thatís what it was. You have to adjust in the ring. I mean, it makes it harder, you know, but thatís what we do. So, weíve got to adjust to whatever style [comes our way].

Itís going to be an exciting fight.

JA: It seems that in your last bout against Hajicek, you came in better shape and you were jabbing more. Tell us more about that experience.

MH: Yeah, well I just want to keep working on more of the boxing. You know, my powerís [already] there. And, I just got to try to put it together if I want to progress as a boxer and move up, I have to adjust and change. You have to change styles in the ring and see what works for you.

Like I said, I came and I was in good shape and I expect to go into this fight the same condition or better.

JA: Assuming all goes well, what next?

MH: Well, weíll see. Iím not looking past this one. To me, this is a big fight for me. Letís see after this fight. Weíll see what happens. It all depends on how you come out of the fight.

Hopefully, we both come out okay, Ďcause I donít wish no harm on anyone. You know, heís got his family; Iíve got my family. I mean, [donít get me wrong,] I want to win! In the ring, you want to knock him out or try to do what you can to win the fight. If Iím better after the fight and if Iím okay, and I can fight in a month after that, Iíll be looking for another fight.

You know, this is my first fight out [side] of Chicago; Iím fighting in Miami. I mean, the crowd over here in Chicagoóyouíve been to a lot of fightsótheyíre tough, the fans out here. So, to me, theyíve prepared me to go out of town and fight. They expect the best out of the fighters here. And, when youíre here, you know, I mean, Iíve lost a couple fights out here in Chicago. I donít believe in hometown decisions, or anything like that, so. Weíre going to fight in Miami, which is neutral ground for both of us; weíre not fighting in each otherís hometown. So, itís a good thing for both of us, man.

JA: Looking at Ryanís record, I see that in 2004, he lost a split decision to Anthony Ivory.

MH: Yes. Well, Anthony Ivory is a hell of a fighter. That guy fought everybody! I mean, look at Anthony Ivoryís record. He fought Winky WrightóI guessótwice; he fought [former IBF Light Middleweight Champion] Yori Boy Campas; he fought everybody! And the guyís got one of the best defensive skills, and heís a hell of a fighter. Heís always in shape every fight. So, I believe thatís not nothing to be ashamed of, a split decision [loss]. And, against a guy like that? You know, that just shows the kind of guy Iím up against. He fought Anthony Ivory.

He fought some good guys and itís going to be a good fight. I have to train hard and if you look at his amateur background and everything like that, you know, Iím coming in almost like the underdog. Thatís expected. From now on, every fight I have, itís going to be [like that]. Even the guy I fought last time, he had 15 amateur fights. I only had nine. So. I mean Iíve just got to train hard. And thatís the key to boxing.

JA: Howís your diet coming along? I know before you mentioned before that youíve got to really tight with that; you said that you canít eat tacos, tamales and food like that.

MH: Yeah, you canít. Itís a discipline, you know?

JA: I understand youíre training with Dr. Stoxen again on abs. Tell me about that.

MH: Iím back doing ab work and my legs with Dr. Stoxen. Heís got me doing I do a lot of exercises for my feet. He would probably be able to describe what I do better. Itís more for balance. It makes you work muscles in your legs that you donít work out. Heís one of the guys thatís out there willing to help, and that means a lot to me.

DR. STOXEN: Well first of all, no body building exercise of any kind. Iíve got him on a new advanced training program. We added some new things to his training program. I designed a program to create a foundation that has balance and stability from his feet on up. The balance and stability will help him generate more speed and power without loosing balance. This will improve confidence and you know how important that is.

Heís doing what they call ďOpen Chain Cable Foot and Ankle Training.Ē What I do is I hook up a cuff to the bottom of his foot attached [by cable] to a low row machine. He keeps his legs still and moves the weight with his feet in a scooping fashion and a turning fashion to develop the muscles in his feet from all directions. What this does is add spring to the arch and power to the feet while forcing him to use his core stabilizing muscles to work weights while standing on one foot. You try it. Itís not easy.

And then what we do we put Miguel on the Bosu ballówhich is a half ballóand we work his feet from abduction, adduction, pronation, supination movements, forward and reversing movements, dorsi flexion and plantar flexion on a ball thatís blown up. He stands on this half ball and has to balance on it and train his feet from all different directions.

We use this to add stamina to the feet. The reason why this is important is because boxing shoes donít have a counter support mechanism to stabilize the heel. If the arch muscles fatigue during a fight (very common) then the entire lower body will tire and the legs will get heavy. You should see him bouncing in the ring by fight time. Power is generated from the uncoiling of the linkage from the feet, hips, lower back and abs and lastly the shoulders.

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Hernandez works on trunk twists as Dr. Stoxen looks on

Then I have him doing 80-100 lb. torso twists [on a weight machine] for his obliques. He was playing with 40 Ė 50 pounds in his previous fight. We are all over him if he has a slow turn. If he couldnít maintain the same speed with 80 Ė 100 as he did with 40 Ė 50 then he wouldnít be advanced. We add this speed and power to his frame so heíll be able to throw more of his body into his swings and not being an arm puncher.

He is doing the 4 way hip machine with the same speed so he will be able to get those big hips into the punch. He already stacked the machine in our gym so for the next fight we will have to purchase another piece of equipment. He can still move the current weight faster and faster and that is what we are pushing him on every rep.

His ab routine is killer. Some exercises are done while he is suspended in the air from his elbows and heís just training his midsection with speed. All exercises are done with maximum speed. We donít do any sit-ups in our center ever. Noone is allowed to do a traditional situp in our center, ever. Sit-ups involves lifting the bodyweight from the belt line to the head. What if an athlete can do more? With selectorized equipment we can add weight according to what he is capable of doing while insuring there is no reduction in speed. Itís perfect. Also the angles arenít good for the back with sit-ups. Too risky for a back injury.

Other cardio vascular training and speed and strength training are coming from [Hernandezí trainer] Sam Colonna. Heís in charge. Weíre just an extra layer to give him an extra edge. Weíve worked closely with Sam. Hes the boss.

JA: Tell us about your work with Miguelís diet.

DS: When Miguel first came to us, he was fighting at 220 lbs. at the Tropicana and club fights as an amateur. Sam was the one who gave him finesse. We put him on a training diet that allowed him to 60 lbs. in three and a half to four months while getting stronger and faster. Thatís a trick and you have to know what you are doing. Compliance is critical or the athlete will burn out and loose confidence in your plan. Miguel never veered from the plan.

When he came to us, he ate a diet rich with rice and beans, kind of the Puerto Rican heritage thing. We took him to more of a lean white meat and vegetable diet, which was a radical departure from what he was used to eating. His kids were asking him, ĎWhat is this? It looks like a bush!í It was broccoli! He made a tremendous sacrifice eating something that was not part of his normal routine.

However, it makes all the difference in the world. The choice of what you eat will determine whether you hit someone with 150 lbs. of force or 130 lbs. of force.

We have him on an anti-inflammatory diet, as opposed to a pro-inflammatory diet. A pro-inflammatory diet will cause a decrease in growth hormone, which increases body fat percentage and inflammation.

Anti-inflammatory diets keeps the body fat down, it keeps the growth hormone up. Growth hormone comes from the pituitary gland and is the hormone for the repair and muscle growth process.

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Miguel Hernandez (left) and Butch Hajicek pose after their fight

Did you see how swollen Hajicekís eyes were when he fought Miguel? The reason Miguelís eyes did not puff up and swell was the anti-inflammatory diet. Inflammation means the body is in a catabolic state, which is weakening or breakdown instead of strengthening and build up. They suffered the same head blows and that fighter was no joke. He hit like a mule. We have Miguel on fish and fish oil diet, Omega-3 Ultra refined fish oils. Itís just the oil from the salmon. Salmon has an anti inflammatory effect on the body. And thatís helped a lot. And during the fight, itís critical, as swelling can close eyes and stop fights. You loose!

With pro inflammatory diets, injuries and swelling are more common.

Dr. Barry Sears, MD and Dr. Nicholas Perricone, MD wrote some good books for laymen for anti-inflammatory diets. Iíve read over 500 scientific research papers on inflammation which has led to the diet we have Miguel on.

With anti-inflammatory diets, recovery rate is much faster, thereís not so much inflammation and itís all done without any drugs of any kind. In fact, drugs are counterproductive to the process. Itís all done with diet.

Miguel knows this [bout against Ryan Davis] is a big fight for him. Iím proud of him. Heís come from Tropicana bar room slugger to a world-class athlete.

MH: The exercises is what [really] helps, you know, your conditioning, your running. Once you do all that and youíre in shape, and you eat small portions. You try not to kill yourself, but you can eat whatever you want [within reason], as long as you eat small portions. And thatís how I look at it.

And I keep up the diet and the training and weíll see, you know, February 10th. Hopefully, itíll be a good day. Iím going to give 110 percent and itís going to be exciting!

Dr. Stoxen DC owns and operates Team Doctors Chiropractic Treatment Centers in Chicago. For more information, see:

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