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Pre-Fight Exclusive Interview: Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent

Shelly caught up with undefeated Shelly Vincent (13-0) in the run-up to her bout this Friday, April 3. At stake is her defense of the UBF World Female Super Bantamweight Title and the vacant IBA World Title. Vincent will go toe-to-toe with Christina Ruiz (7-7). The action will take place at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

You have an unblemished pro record, are ranked #1 in the US and #6 in the world in your division, according to Boxrec. As an elite fighter, what’s your mindset in the run-up to Friday’s fight?

My mindset is seek and destroy – pressure and crack: #maskonforthecarnivalofvengence. On fight night, I fight all that tried to destroy me. It’s a night of VENGENCE for me. All I’m thinking about is fight night and winning. I use all my pain as fuel. Ruiz is fighting me and my demons Friday night.

What are your demons?

I was sexually abused at 13, and my mom and I were also physically abused. I lost her to leukemia in 2000 – two days before my first amateur fight.

Because of my terrible childhood, I fight for the kids, my mother and lost souls. I fight for women’s equality in sports.

I’m fighting to prove there’s hope and always a way out of anything. So on fight night you’re fighting me and all my demons. She is the man that raped me, who abused me and my mother, the kids lost like I was. She is leukemia; she’s who killed my friends. On fight night, the mask and straight jacket resemble so many deep things: #maskonforthecarnivalofvengence.

Tell us about your training camp regimen.

I work out two to three times a day – about an hour and a half at H.E.A.R.T Performance with Sharik Ali and Mike Veloz. They also train world champs Demetrius Andrade and Kali Reis. I work with them on strength and conditioning, then I box about 1.5 to 2 hours with my trainer Peter Manfredo. Then I run from about 4 to 6 miles. This is the best I ever felt and I’m ready!
How would you characterize your boxing style?

A pressure fighter that can box. Defensively and offensively sound. My fights are always entertaining and exciting – lots of action.
What’s next for Shelly Vincent after this fight?

Defending my UBF World Title and winning the vacant IBA World Title that’s also on the line are my ONLY concerns right now. Those two belts are coming home with me.

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