At the age of 24, Danny is a three-year pro. A rising prospect at 154 pounds, he is a former amateur standout.
He stayed active in the ring with four fights in 2014 and three in 2015, and has already fought three times this year. He has consistently given strong performances.
In his last fight on September 10 in Lemoore, California, Danny won an eight-round unanimous decision against Gilberto Pereira dos Santos.
The Fresno Bee’s Anthony Galaviz reported from ringside [excerpts]: Daniel Valdivia had to go the distance, but picked up another victory to remain unbeaten in his pro career.
The Tulare native defeated Gilberto Pereira dos Santos by unanimous decision to retain his NABF junior super welterweight title in front of more than 3,000 on Saturday at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore.
The judges scored the fight 77-75, 77-75, 78-74.
Valdivia, who has nine knockouts, improved to 12-0. [End Galaviz item]
Danny said, “I train in Lemoore, California, at the Palafox Gym. I’ve been very focused on every aspect of my training.
“It was an adjustment from the amateurs to the pros. It’s like every fight is a championship fight now – every punch counts.
“I’m a boxer-puncher, but very athletic – some people refer to me as an ‘athletic specimen.’ I like to box and come forward and land hard shots.
“I’ve been in training camp with Gennady Golovkin – not sparring with him – but I’ve been in his camp up in Big Bear and I learned from him. I also went to camp up there with Gilberto ‘Zurdo’ Ramirez. He brought me up to Big Bear for sparring. I sparred with a lot of big names up there – I sparred with Shane Mosley Sr., and I’ve also been in camp with Alfredo ‘El Perro’ Angulo and sparred with him. They really liked my work.
“I always like to say – listen to your heart. Whatever you feel in your heart, go after that dream and give it all you’ve got. I’m listening to my heart and going after my dream.”
Regarding his nickname, he said, “It means ‘grasshopper.’ I got it in Laredo, Texas, after my pro debut. I won – I got a second-round knockout – and I was super happy! It was like a dream come true and I started jumping up and down and I started doing some pushups. And I heard the people start chanting, ‘chapulin…chapulin…’ I asked my brother what they were saying and he said, ‘I don’t know, but keep jumping.’ So I kept jumping and the next thing I know, the ring announcer, Lupe Contreras, said, ‘That’s an awesome nickname, you should keep it.’ So I just kept it.”