Unbeaten 22-year-old super-bantamweight contender Adeilson Dos Santos is looking forward to claiming his first pro title this Saturday night in Sheffield. Taking on the likewise undefeated Kid Galahad, Dos Santos, who turned pro in June of 2012 and is currently sporting a 14-0(10) ledger, says he is anticipating “a real war” against the 17-0(9) Galahad.
At stake will be the vacant IBF Youth title, and Dos Santos, known as “Del,” is sure he will be taking the belt back home with him to Sao Paulo.
Q: Let me ask you about your background: what was your amateur record and who is your head trainer?
Adeilson Dos Santos (as translated by Patrick Nascimento, who also speaks limited English): “I had around 70 fights as an amateur, I won most of them. I am trained by Edson Pedro Nascimento, who was a great fighter, he fought to a 47-0 (40) unbeaten record (with one draw).”
Q: How much do you know about Kid Galahad?
A.D.S: “I have seen some of his fights. He is a good boxer but it doesn’t look like he has much power. But I see this fight as a great fight and I am coming out of it with a win and with the title.”
Q: Your record suggests you are quite a puncher, are you?
A.D.S: “I do not consider myself a puncher. I have other qualities aside from my punching power, such as my drive and my determination.”
Q: You have boxed all 14 of your pro fights in Brazil. Are you excited or nervous to be having a fight over here in England?
A.D.S: “No, I’m not nervous or anxious. I am confident and I’m fully focused on this fight. It doesn’t matter where the fight is. We will fight for the title and I will bring it back to Brazil.”
Q: Who do you feel is the best super-bantamweight in the world right now and would you like to fight him one day in the future?
A.D.S: “I feel Leo Santa Cruz, the WBC champion, is the best. Of course I’d like to fight for the world title one day and bring that to Brazil also. I plan on staying at super-bantamweight and fighting there for the time being.”
Q: When will you arrive in the U.K for the fight?
A.D.S: “I plan on arriving on the 16th of September (Tuesday).”
Q: Finally, what type of fight do you think it will be on Saturday and do you have a prediction?
A.D.S: “It is difficult predicting how the will fight go, but I think it will be a real war, with two fighters eager to win and keep that title. It will be a very hard fight and the winner will come out of it having much more [experience] as a fighter.”