"Mad" dog, not underdog
Story & photo by Chris Cozzone
“Mad” Mike Alderete says you can forget about “Mad” Max Heyman’s 25-fight and seven-year advantage in experience Friday night.
It’s not going to matter.
“Max is past his prime and I’m going to expose what everybody else doesn’t see, I guess,” says Alderete.
Headlining the local main event of Friday night’s co-promoted card at Isleta, Alderete, 6-4-2, 3 KOs, coming off a ten-month layoff, will be looking for max velocity against his crosstown, like-named rival, Heyman, 23-10-4, 13 KOs.
“Fights are always personal, but this one’s worse,” says Alderete, who’s been looking to settle matters with Heyman for the last couple years.
“I wanted to fight him before because I wanted to prove I was the best in New Mexico at my weight. And he was the man to beat. That’s how it started out, anyway . . . .”
Matters escalated, says Alderete, at a press conference held last month at Isleta.
“He insulted my family and called me a street thug,” says Alderete. “That’s when it became personal for me.
“I just don’t like the guy. When Danny [Romero] offered me the fight, I jumped at the chance.”
Actually, the offer to fight Heyman came in early January on the undercard of the ShoBox card at Tingley.
“I’d been saying that I’d fight Max for free,” laughs Alderete. “And I guess they took that literally, because they offered little, little money for an undercard fight.”
Alderete passed, knowing a bigger opportunity would soon arise to fight Heyman – and it did. While training under Danny Romero at the Hideout, trainer became promoter and the fight was offered.
“It’s been a blessing to train with the Romeros,” says Alderete. “For me, it’s always been a matter of being in shape – and for this fight, that’s what I am. I’m in shape for this and Max better be ready for a surprise.
“I really don’t consider myself an underdog in this fight. He says he’s a world class fighter but every time he steps up, he gets knocked out. In this fight, it’s going to come down to how long he can take what I give to him.”
Having failed to impress local crowds in his last two hometown appearances, Alderete says Friday night will be his redemption, at the expense of Heyman.
“I’ve been studying his style a lot and I know the mistakes he makes,” says Alderete. “I know how to capitalize on them and I know how to beat him. I’m in shape to go 12 rounds and I see myself winning, no matter what.”
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