Flyweight boxer Nico Hernandez gained a bronze medal on the 2016 Olympics, nonetheless the Naked Knuckle Combating Championship made him a proposal he couldn’t refuse.
You’d assume that an Olympic boxing medalist can be swarmed with worthwhile promotional contracts. That is further additional liable to be true for middleweights and heavyweights, nonetheless life is completely absolutely utterly completely completely different for flyweights. Merely ask Nico Hernandez.
Hernandez (7-Zero, four KOs) has been boxing since he was 9 years earlier. The Kansas native gained pretty a few nationwide titles as an beginner. He made it to the 2016 Rio Olympics and gained a bronze medal. He flew beneath the radar, nonetheless as a flyweight, that’s straightforward to do, sadly.
Boxing has a social hierarchy all of its non-public. The heavier weight packages dominate the eye and pay. The 112-pound flyweight division, together with the choice lighter weight divisions, doesn’t pay money for ample respect. Lighter weight usually means pretty a bit fairly a bit lots a lot much less punching vitality, which equates to fewer knockouts.
Of us love the melodrama of a knockout, which is why the larger weight divisions pay money for extra love. It’s not relevant, nonetheless that’s been the lifetime economics of boxing’s unwritten pay organising. After worthwhile the bronze medal, Hernandez obtained promotional provides that he thought-about as subpar.
“I had a pair provides, nonetheless I felt like they wasn’t actually too enough provides, and I didn’t actually must cheat myself, ” Hernandez educated FanSided. “So I kind of went to the place the cash was and stuff. Now, I’m looking for to signal with an attractive bigger promoter and stuff and kind of get my face accessible throughout the market in order that I’m in a position to get these fights with the world champions and swap into world champion.”
Hernandez signed with a neighborhood Kansas promoter. Parts went merely for the primary two years, nonetheless he grew dissatisfied with the one means parts have been going and obtained out of his contract. It’s nearly inconceivable that an Olympic medalist with Hernandez’s beginner background wouldn’t be further wished irrespective of his weight division. Hernandez compiled a sturdy 94-5 beginner doc. Hernandez sees the stigma surrounding smaller fighters as a result of the rationale he hasn’t signed with a premier boxing promoter.
“Yeah, I positively see it like that,” talked about Hernandez. “You nearly actually can simply because I’m a smaller fighter that we don’t get as fairly a bit consideration as I actually actually really actually really feel like is sweet, nonetheless I actually actually really actually really feel like we do come to battle and we commonly positioned on a present, and there’s under no circumstances actually no lack of curiosity from the followers in our fights.”
Hernandez was a free agent when the Naked Knuckle Combating Championship (BKFC) acquired right correct proper right here calling. They supplied Hernandez a battle for good cash, and he accepted. Hernandez fights Chancey Wilson at BKFC 13 on Saturday, Oct. 10, all by the use of the co-main occasion. It’s not the commonly occupation path for a youthful 24-year-old boxing prospect, nonetheless it was the precise swap for Hernandez. Not all people was thrilled collectively collectively collectively collectively along with his choice.
“I obtained quite a few detrimental choices,” talked about Hernandez. “It didn’t shock me throughout the least. After which most individuals that did the naked knuckle boxing are older, and I’m an Olympian and stuff. I’ve a large organize, and I assume they have been merely shocked about that. I wasn’t actually shocked regarding the choices. I kind of knew it’s going to occur, nonetheless I don’t know. I assume I didn’t actually care. I’m a fighter. That’s merely what I do.”
Nico Hernandez makes his naked knuckle stopping debut at BKFC 13. It provides him a chance to showcase his expertise additional.
Hernandez is a boxer who seeks out the motion. He’s wanting to commerce collectively collectively collectively collectively along with his opponent and places on an attractive present. Hernandez sees the BKFC as a method to an finish. He must be a boxing world champion nonetheless must be paid what he’s value. Hernandez is a precise fighter at coronary coronary coronary coronary coronary heart, and he’s used to overcoming the possibilities.
Hernandez is a gifted fighter, nonetheless thought-about thought of one amongst his most attention-grabbing attributes is his inside depth. Hernandez is a layered persona who has endured loss and realized how one could make it work for him. As an beginner, Hernandez professional alongside side buddy Tony Losey. Hernandez’s father, Lewis, professional and mentored Losey, who was 4 years older than Hernandez. He turned part of the household and earned the place of huge brother to Hernandez.
“That was like my large brother, and my dad kind of took him beneath his wing for a few years,” talked about Hernandez remembering Losey. “And he lived with us for a few years. You uncover, we slept contained in the similar mattress and shared the similar room. He nearly taught me your whole components.”
Losey was a top-Three beginner welterweight. He and Hernandez dreamed of touring to Rio collectively, nonetheless two years prior to the Olympics, Losey died in a tragic accident at work.
“It was an accident at work,” revealed Hernandez. “He was working, and like a 10,000-ton tank fell on him, and he died immediately.”
Losey’s dying served as inspiration for Hernandez. Hernandez wished to make the Olympics as a consequence of it was the dream he shared with Losey. The bronze medal was the cherry on prime.
“Not even like worthwhile the medal, nonetheless merely going to the Olympics was merely exact necessary as a consequence of that was our function collectively to make it to the Olympics after which flip professional collectively,” talked about Hernandez. “So he was positively on his methodology, you already know, he was an precise good southpaw.”
Hernandez stays to be motivated by Losey’s reminiscence.
“I actually actually really actually really feel like as shortly as I’m all by the use of the ring, I actually actually really actually really feel like he’s nonetheless there,” talked about Hernandez. “You uncover, watching me throughout the least my fights and stuff.”
It doesn’t matter if Hernandez is throwing blows in a hoop or the BKFC circle. Hernandez is stopping with objective and with the spirit of Losey by his side. Time will inform if he turns right correct proper right into a BKFC frequent or a future boxing champion, nonetheless he’s deserving of a chance to stage out his expertise. What’s boxing’s loss is the BKFC’s buy.
Nico Hernandez makes his BKFC debut all through the trail of Chancey Wilson at BKFC 13 on Saturday, Oct. 10, at 9 p.m. ET. BKFC 13 will be seen solely on the BKFC app.