Lightweight Jose Felix Jr. lost his biggest fight so far, dropping a unanimous decision to Bryan Vasquez for an interim junior lightweight belt in April 2014 on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. II undercard.
Since then, however, Felix, 23, of Mexico, has won five fights in a row and still hopes to get a world title opportunity.
He is close to a title fight but will stay busy and look for his sixth win in a row when he faces the Philippines' Ricky Sismundo (30-8-2, 13 KOs), 28, in 10-round fight Saturday night in the main event of “Solo Boxeo Tecate” (UniMas, 11 ET/PT) at the Marriott Hotel Convention Center in Burbank, California.
Felix (32-1-1, 25 KOs) said he is dedicated as ever to boxing and trained through the holidays to prepare for the fight.
“There were no festivities for me,” Felix said. “I sacrificed myself training during the Christmas season and I know that the results will be seen this Saturday in the ring. We made some changes in my physical preparation for this fight. I did less chest work and we focused more on strengthening the legs. What we are seeking with this change is more speed and to be able to throw longer combinations of punches.”