By August of 2008, Albuquerque welterweight boxer Hector “El Huracán” Muñoz had compiled an 18-1-1 record. Not bad for fighter with only 3 amateur bouts. Seven weeks later he took a fight on short notice eventually losing by TKO to an undefeated Antonin Decarie (19-0) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Those two months were a microcosm of what the following three years would be like for Muñoz.
Following the bout in Canada, Muñoz took a year and a half away from the sport of boxing. When another last second fight and good payday day against up and coming welterweight fighter Mike Jones (20-0) came about, he took it.
Heeding the Decarie call, led to Muñoz being used as a catapult for promoters to put their prospects against. Knowing that Muñoz would take a late notice fight, would increase the chances of their fighters obtaining a victory against an opponent with a good record. Thus, boosting their resumés.
Positive record padding if you will.
The years 2008 through 2011 saw Muñoz go 2-6-1. His losses were to opponents who had compiled an inconceivable combined record of 106-3 and are for the most part are still ranked in the top ten by a governing body.
All six defeats came without Muñoz dedicating himself to a full training camp.
“I’ve always had my hopes up. I’ve always been glad with what I’ve done with the sport of boxing. Now I’m like, ‘Shit, I’ve had all these big opportunities fighting these top guys on short notice but I’m not ready,’” says Muñoz.
On April 28th he is scheduled to be in the co-main event of the co-promoted, Golden Girl/Golden Boy Promotions card, Gold Rush: Solo Boxeo in the Bosque at the Santa Ana Star Casino. Muñoz is slated to face Louisiana boxer John Revish (10-5, 8KO). The fight will be televised on the Spanish-speaking network Telefutura.
“I know winning this by good fashion on TV, they’re gonna give me a super big fight,” says Muñoz.
He mentions to tentatively have two options waiting for him if he is victorious on April 28th:
-The first he says would be taking part in NBC Sports Network’s second boxing card June 1st in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania against an undefeated fighter.
-The second option would be a June 16th fight against Englishman welterweight Mark Thompson (23-1) in the latter’s home country.
Recently coming off of a training camp with boxing star Devon Alexander (23-1), Muñoz assisted the former light welterweight champion prepare for his February bout against Marcos Maidana (31-3).
He admits that Alexander was a tough sparring partner but appreciates the opportunity to stay busy with a world class fighter in the gym. The work is definitely something his career and life needed.
“No more; seven months without going on that party mission. I’ve got my son I got to feed family so that’s why I take those fights on short notice,” says Muñoz
“I never stay in the gym, fully, like I am now. This time I got the full training camp there’s no excuses you’re going to see the 100% Hector Muñoz. I’m gonna upset one of these top 10 guys.”
Hector Muñoz Interview