Today’s mini-interview is with Logan middleweight boxer Christian Nava, who is also a professional in mixed martial arts. A couple of Fridays ago at the Ogden Marriott Christian fought an exciting, very close preliminary bout with Miguel Flores, of Twin Falls, Idaho. Nava lost a majority decision but boxing fans hope the pair can be re-matched soon. As it happens, Nava may be fighting an MMA fight in Logan on May 18 at the Eccles Ice Arena. Another local MMA fighter, Eric Tillotson, is on that card. (More info here)
Here’s the interview with Christian:
1) What sparked your interest in boxing?
Nava: “My dad is the reason I fight.”
2) Who are some boxers who inspire you and why?
Nava: “Evander Holyfield, because all the medical problems he’s going through and still he’s fighting; he never gave up. And there is Mayweather. He is the best, nobody can beat him. He is so smooth and so chill in the ring.”
3) What are your goals in your boxing career?
Nava: “My goals in boxing are to become world champion and make a name for myself in the boxing game!”
4) What’s the most important training component in boxing?
Nava: “For me, I think it’s cardio and speed and legs; you have to have strong legs.”
Thanks Christian, and we wish you luck in the future. The bout with Flores was the most exciting fight on that March night in Ogden. Here’s a recap of my SE article. … Beginning next week are regional Golden Gloves competitions that will culminate in nationals later this year. Boxers Jesse West, Dru Gonzales, Amilio Gonzales, Mack Storey, Santana DeCarlo, and Isaac Lugo, as well as many others, will be participating.
MMA: Here is my SE recap of last week’s Total Mayhem card at the Ogden Marriott. … On April 19 SteelFist will have a card at the Rail Event Center in SLC. An intriguing main event matches two fighters on a roll right now, Utah’s Mike Arrant and Idaho’s Aaron Sutton. A women’s bout on the card matches Heather George versus Jenna Bernick. … On May 3 in Ogden at the Marriott, Total Mayhem will have another card. Main event matches undefeated Jon Neal versus Carlos Henrique. Undefeated Ogden amateur Miles Welk may also fight that night. … Showdown in Orem will have an MMA card a week later on May 10. Patrick Reeves of Ogden will fight that night against Lance Palmer, at 145 pounds. Information on the full card is here. … And on June 1, SteelFist will have another MMA card at the Legacy Events Center in Farmington. The main event will include Top of Utah MMA pro Lucus Montoya. … Also, May 17 at The Complex, Jeremy Horn is scheduled to have an MMA show. For a full schedule of events in Utah, go here.