Frank Sanchez Faure warns heavyweight rivals to be wary of another Cuban dangerman
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 28/06/19 2:44pm
Frank Sanchez Faure is ready to take the heavyweight division by storm and has warned his rivals to be wary of another Cuban dangerman.
The Miami-based 26-year-old racked up nine wins in 2018, a remarkably busy schedule for a professional, and aims to extend his unbeaten record to 12 victories when he returns to the ring on July 13.
A product of his country's renowned amateur system, Sanchez was a Cuban national champion with an impressive 214-6 record, including wins over Erislandy Savon, who suffered a narrow defeat to Anthony Joshua at the London Olympics in 2012.
He’s going to move very, very quickly. He conceivably could fight for a world title in 12 months.
Co-manager Michael Borao
Sanchez Faure is following in the footsteps of Luis 'King Kong' Ortiz and has been trading punches with his big-hitting fellow countryman...
What are your memories of the amateur fights with Erislandy Savon?
He was the favourite and he was a great champion in Cuba. I beat him twice and I also beat him in the national qualifiers in my country for the Olympics, but I didn't get the Olympic spot due to politics.
He was very slow when he got tired. I had to maintain my distance when I attacked, then I would also counter punch. Most important was the aggressiveness that I had to maintain to win.
Can you achieve more than fellow Cubans such as Luis Ortiz and Odlanier Solis in the pro ranks?
I don't want to make comparisons to other fighters. Ortiz is a Cuban brother to me. I train with Ortiz and we're sparring today.
What is your opinion on British rivals such as Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury?
They are very good fighters, but I can compete with them right now.
Are you willing to fight in Britain in the future?
One hundred per cent yes, I would fight in Britain, or anywhere.
Would you have sparred Joshua during his last training camp in Miami?
No, I would rather fight with him than spar with him.
Were you surprised by Joshua's defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr this month?
Yes, a tremendous surprise. If I would have fought Joshua that night they would have been surprised by me, because I would have done the same thing.
I’m convinced that Frank is going to be a world heavyweight champion. His pedigree is too good, his experience is too good, and his mindset is too good.
Trainer Eric “El Tigre” Castanos
Will you become a world heavyweight champion in the future?
One hundred per cent yes. I have all the pedigree in the world to become a world champion.