In making the transition from the amateur ranks to the pros, bantamweight prospect Cristobal Chavez has been able to maintain his success, even as he’s faced more well-prepared opposition.
“The difference that I saw (at the pro level) was more about professionalism,” Chavez told MMAWeekly.com. “In the pros, people are trying to get as far as they can and reach their goals, so I appreciate that a lot more in the opponents I’ve had recently.
“It’s more technical. People are going for strategies and game plans (because of the extra two minutes) and not just going for brawls and stuff like that. I like that a lot more actually.”
Though he’s facing tougher fighters, Chavez has managed to pick up two finishes in his fights and showcase a lot of his skillset.
“I feel I have been able to control my matches pretty well,” said Chavez. “My last opponent (Daniel Valdez) was tougher than my first one (Baron Muller), and I liked that because it made it more thrilling and more of a test for me. I’m all about that.”
For his third pro bout, Chavez (2-0) takes on another up-and-comer in Mauricio Diaz (2-1) in a main card 135-pound match-up at Combate Americas 5 in Los Angeles on Monday.
“I know he has experience going all three rounds, so he’s going to have good cardio, and he looks like a big, strong 135er, and that’s awesome, because I’m glad to have that kind of test,” Chavez said of Diaz. “I’ve got to be able to implement my game plan and defend against him.
“I’m expecting to face someone who is world class, ….View full article