It’s a bit of laborious to imagine Charlie Sheehy is 23. It’s as if the Brisbane, California, light-weight has been across the boxing sport eternally. He amassed a 150-25 beginner report, together with victories over Ryan Garcia and Vergil Ortiz. He regarded like he was heading to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when the COVID-19 pandemic derailed him.
As a professional, he’s began shortly, educated by Miguel Rios since he was 9, managed by Peter Kahn and promoted by Prime Rank, Sheehy is 3-0, stopping every of his three opponents throughout the distance.
This Saturday at Resorts World in Las Vegas, Sheehy will tackle Juan Manuel Castaneda Valle (2-0-2) in a four-round light-weight battle on Prime Rank’s undercard marking the return of former light-weight world champion Teofimo Lopez Jr.
It is going to be one other step in his studying course of.
“Thus far with the professional sport, the one distinction has been with the smaller gloves, however I really feel like the opposite facet is method completely different,” Sheehy stated. “Within the professionals, it’s a must to assert your dominance, inflicting ache in your opponents, whereas within the amateurs, it’s extra about factors. So far as transitioning, I’ve engaged on my approach, attempting to attenuate my errors, and sitting down and turning over my punches.
“It’s been working fairly effectively.”
This will probably be Sheehy’s final four-round battle earlier than graduating to six-rounders.
Was it more durable to be an beginner than a professional simply starting?
“As a result of it’s so early in my professional profession, and I fought at such a excessive degree as an beginner, I’d say proper now being an beginner was more durable for me as a result of it’s a must to battle a week-long in tournaments,” he stated. “You’re preventing the perfect on the earth on daily basis. I’m preventing one four-round battle, versus 5 three-round fights in a weekend, whereas shifting up in competitors and attempting to maintain your weight. You need to make weight on daily basis.
“I do know Castaneda is a troublesome fighter who throws plenty of punches, and I do know he’s coming,” Sheehy stated. “He’s additionally undefeated. It ought to be a superb battle. I’m prepared.”
Sheehy is 5-foot-9 and making 135 has been comparatively simple. Sheehy is aware of that may change as he will get older. Sheehy, who’s half-Filipino, half-Irish, misplaced his father. Rios has been like a second dad. He was there when Sheehy first put on gloves and got his nose bloodied.
“We’re in an important place proper now and now we have the complete thrust of Miguel and we’re bringing Javiel (Centeno) in to assist, however Miguel is the primary man, and Charlie has an important background,” stated Kahn, a two-time BWAA Supervisor of the Yr nominee.
Rios sees Sheehy carrying extra affect on his punches. He finds Charlie bettering with every battle.
“All Charlie needed to do was place within the high 5 of the final Olympic qualifier and he would have been on that 2020 group, after which the pandemic got here and wiped these plans away,” Rios stated. “Charlie been by the beginner grind. I like Charlie’s energy. He’s beginning to come into his man power. We’re being affected person and shifting alongside.”
Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter who has been working for Ring Journal/RingTV.com since October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America. He may be adopted on twitter @JSantoliquito.