Q&A with 'Head Honcho'
Interview by Jose Santiago
Photo courtesy of Prize Fight Boxing
Southpaw Tyrese “Head Honcho” Hendrix (16-0-1, 6 KOs) of Gainesville, GA battles tough Robbie Cannon (12-3-1, 6 KO) in the main event of “Fights at the Fitz” this Saturday at Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi.
Originally undefeated middleweight sensation Fernando Guerrero was scheduled to battle former world title challenger Antwun Echols but an injury suffered in training to Guerrero opened the ring ropes for “Head Honcho” to become the headliner.
Hendrix is hoping to score an impressive victory Saturday evening because he is anxious to move up in the star studded lightweight division.
“Tyrese is the future of the lightweight division,” said promoter Brian Young of Prize Fight Promotions. “We plan to capture a regional belt this year and in another year fight top-contenders such as Juan Diaz, Antonio Demarco and Michael Katsidis. Tyrese will win a world championship at 135-pounds and he will be prepared to successfully defend that belt for years!”
FightNews caught up with the “Head Honcho” earlier this week to get his perspective on Saturday’s showdown.
How long have you known about the fight against Cannon?
“I’ve know about this fight for two months, but I’ve been training for three months. We originally had our eyes on Ira Terry but when that fight didn’t happen I stayed busy and was told that Robbie Cannon was stepping up to the plate so now we’re getting ready for him”
Due to an injury sustained by Fernando Guerrero, he will not be fighting and now you’re featured as the main event. How do you feel about the change?
“I’m excited. I was going to be featured on the card along with Guerrero, but now that he’s not fighting I feel real good about being the main attraction.”
How does being in the main event change your perspective on the fight?
“I feel that I have more to prove now. I have to make sure that I come in with my A game and get him out of there.”
Your last fight coincidentally was at the Fitzgerald's and not in the comfort of your home town of Atlanta. How do you think the crowd reacted to you?
“I think they reacted well and liked what I brought, but unfortunately my opponent didn’t really come to fight but instead tried to survive. The crowd was aware of that, but I think they liked what they saw in me.”
Are you looking to impress the crowd?
“Most definitely, that’s my main goal. I want to go in there and be 17-0 with 7 knockouts.”
How has training camp been?
“Training camp has been going terrible…in a good way. Everything is going perfect. Working real hard and putting my body through what I need to and ensuring that I’ll be ready come fight night. I’m making sure my weight is on track and sparring like I normally do. Just a regular hard training camp like always”
How do you feel about how your career has progressed so far?
“I’m pleased. I can’t rush it. I have to take one day at a time. Looking at my ranking right now I feel we’re on the right road. I’m not rushing, but rather taking it one day at a time.
You have been a pro for over five years but you have only 17 fights. Do you think that you are being avoided?
“Somewhat, but a lot of it has to do with promotional issues and management things. I’ve only had a real manager since 2005 and we’ve gone through a lot of promoters and things haven’t worked out according to plans. But now that I’m with Prize Fight Promotions and things are legit and they’re willing to put me in tough with fights that will help my career progress which will make me the fighter that I want to become. I’m still developing and finding my complete self and being with Prize Fight I will accomplish that.”
How do you grade yourself today?
“You know when I see my fights I see things that I did that I didn’t even have to think about. I just did them and I did them right. But, I’m my own worst critic. I scrutinize my performances worse than anyone else could. I end up not looking at the good but rather the bad especially how recently I’ve hurt guys and have not gotten them out of there and finished better. Even though I look good in the fight I always find things wrong so that I can continue to improve.”
What do you need to improve to take your career to the next level?
“Sitting down on my punches and getting guys out of there! I’m getting to that point where I’m starting to face some tough guys and so we’ve been working on getting the tough guys out of there when I hurt them. My speed and footwork has always been there and the power has always been there too, but now we’re working on using it more.”
What do you know about Cannon?
He’s durable; he’s going to come to fight. I don’t think he’s going to take me lightly and I know I’m not going to take him lightly. I hope Robbie Cannon shows up to fight and I’ll be able to show how much more I’ve improved.
I’m just going to go out there and do my thing and let my hands go and execute what we’ve been working on in the gym. If he slips up I’m going to make him pay for it.
Several other bouts are scheduled for the “Fights at the Fritz “ this Saturday. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the first fight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $40 for reserved seating. Tickets for “Fights at the Fitz” can be purchased at the Fitz Gift Shop or through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or visit Ticketmaster.com or call Prize Fight Promotions at (662) 349-6263.