WESLACO, Texas – Tonight we meet a young boxer overcoming obstacles to live out his dreams towards a professional career.
With just a few days before a major fight in Los Angeles our Alfredo Cuadros meets with a professional boxer from the Rio Grande Valley.
Hard work and dedication. At 25 years old, Nelson Hampton is on a journey to becoming a household name in the world of boxing.
On April the 20th the valley native will have his 7th professional fight against a major opponent in Los Angeles.
“I dedicated it to my mom. Just my family period in general. I’m trying to be the best person I can be, trying to support and become somebody.” Said Nelson Hampton.
His inspiration is his family, including his mother. In the past few years she has suffered from a tragic accident that has left her bed ridden. He spends his days working a regular job selling vitamins and supplements. In the evenings he’s looking to make a name for himself as a boxer with a training schedule set every day of the week.
“He started training with me. He’s a great kid. He’s very humble. He’s training hard.” Said Omar Figueroa Sr. head coach.
His professional record is four wins with two losses.
Next week, he’ll be fighting on the same stage where Weslaco boxer Brandon Figueroa will fight for a shot at the world title.
“Hopefully we bring two W’s to the valley.” Added Figueroa.
For now, Hampton prepares for his upcoming fight. When asked about a message for future generations of valley boxers, he says, never give up.
“Boxing has changed my life in a lot of ways. It has made me a hard worker.” Says Hampton.
Hampton will be traveling to Los Angeles with Team Pantera Boxing early next week.
From all of us at KVEO, good luck.