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Aguilera ready for first title shot!

July 29, 2009
By: Alex Dombroff
Photography by Emily Harney
& Marty Rosengarten

The New York State heavyweight
title will be on the line this Friday, July 31, when Darrel Madison and Nagy Aguilera headline an eight bout card at the City Center in Saratoga , NY .

It’s a long time coming for these combatants who have been fighting alongside each other since their days as amateurs in the New York circuit.

Another interesting side plot is the record of both men. Madison (13-1, 3 KOs) and Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs ) both have only one blemish, respectively, on their records – with each man’s loss coming as a result of disqualification.

With just a couple of days left until the two men are
scheduled to step into the ring, Aguilera took time out to
speak with FightNews about his fight with Madison, his disqualification, his career to date, and much more.

It is mere days before the biggest fight of your career against Darrel Madison. How do you feel with such short time before the fight?

Well, I feel great. I’ve been training hard. Like you said, it’s the biggest fight of my career, and I think I’m going to do great.

Talk about your preparation. Was there any special focus you had because of the magnitude of the bout?

I put in 100% focus for this fight. I’ve been training for eight weeks. I’ve been sparring with lefties, just like Darrel Madison. He has something that I want, and I am going to get it.

When you say he has something you want, I assume you are talking about the New York State heavyweight title. Overall, how much does that title mean to you?

It means a lot to me, because it will be my first title as a professional. It will also open a lot of doors for me. I need a title.

When I talked to Darrel yesterday, he said he was going to win the fight by dictating the pace. How do you see the fight going, and how do you see yourself controlling the pace?

Darrel Madison has fought nobody yet. He hasn’t fought a great opponent. Now he has a really good test. I know the fight will be hard; it will be a good fight. But I will control the pace because I’m faster than him, and I’m the bigger puncher. I can win either way.

You mentioned that you weren’t too impressed with the competition he’s faced so far in his career. Do you feel your competition stacks up given that you both have the same record?

I think I’ve fought better opponents than him. I beat Gary Wilcox, and Gary Wilcox has a very good record. Who does he have? He has fought nobodies.

Another similarity in your records is that both of your lone defeats have come via disqualification. He told me his disqualification was a blessing in disguise and he couldn’t have been as successful as he’s been without it. Given that you’ve won three fights since your disqualification, do you feel your DQ was beneficial to you in some manner?

Of course. I’m a young person, I’m 23 years old. I’m learning. My disqualification made me realize a lot, it made me learn a lot. Now I know I need to calm down. I don’t like losses.

You seem to have a much different demeanor than Darrel going into fight week. He seemed more amped up, making promises about what he would do in the ring. You seem a little more composed and reserved. Do you think the difference in demeanor could be beneficial to you come fight night?

Everybody knows it: talk means nothing. The action inside the ring means everything.

Let’s go back to your earlier career now. For those who don’t know, how were you able to get to this stage of your career? What sort of path did you take?

I am from the Dominican Republic , and was raised in Puerto Rico . I won the Golden Gloves championship twice [as an amateur]. Now I’m in New York , and I really want to be New York State Champion. This is a great opportunity and something great for me.

Every heavyweight wants to be champion of the world, but talk about your future in terms of how you see yourself getting there and how you think you’ve positioned yourself for a run at the world title if you beat Madison.

I am always training hard, always focused. I think my life and my career are going in the right way. I have the right team, the right managers, and a good coach. Things will keep getting better and better.

Any final thoughts?

Nagy Aguilera is ready and ready for war. Darrel Madison is talking a lot about me. But talking means nothing; it’s about how he does in the fight. What are going to count are the punches.


The Madison vs. Aguilera showdown is the headliner of the annual “Night of Future Champions” event which showcases exciting, young boxing prospects during the first weekend of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs ’ historic track. “I am so happy to host the New York State heavyweight championship fight on our annual Saratoga card,” said promoter Lisa Elovich. “The fans will be chomping at the bit to see all of the exciting local prospects, too. This is a card that no one will want to miss!”

Tickets and more information are available from Pugnacious Promotions ( or call 518-527-0160. Reserved tickets are $125 for Golden Ringside and $75 for Ringside. General Admission open seats are $40. VIP tables, including dinner catered by Brindisi ’s and table service throughout the evening, also are available.

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