After a brief, but successful, amateur career, featherweight prospect Boston Salmon has started off his pro career in 2014 in strong fashion.
In two fights for the RFA promotion, Salmon has looked very impressive in not having to go to the second round in either bout.
“Turning pro has been an adventure for me,” Salmon told MMAWeekly.com. “On my (pro) debut I fought on the RFA, which is a big step and big opportunity to fight for a pretty big organization in MMA. My management got me the right fights with the right organization.
“I fought Perceu Friza, which is Lyoto Machida’s protégé, and that ended in the first round, so I felt it was a good pro debut for me. Then my last fight against Zac Chavez ended in the first round too, so I think I’m off to a good start.”
Salmon feels his work at the Las Vegas-based Xtreme Couture has helped him move along in short order since transitioning to MMA from a boxing and wrestling background.
“Training at Xtreme Couture with all the coaches and teammates I have, I get a lot of different looks, so I’ve evolved as a more complete fighter since being there and it can only get better for me,” said Salmon.
Salmon’s accelerated development has a lot of people thinking big things for him, which he takes in stride.
“Sometimes I feel like there’s a lot of pressure on me with people’s expectations for me, which is totally fine with me, but I’ve been doing this sport for two years and realistically I’m still green and still have a lot more experiences to learn in MMA,” he said.
“With boxing and wrestling and everything I’m able to keep my composure in the ring and stuff like that. I try not to let expectations effect me – I just try to be myself when I’m in the cage.”
Salmon (2-0) will look to remain undefeated on Friday in Broomfield, Colo., at RFA 20 against fellow up-and-comer James DeHerrera (1-0) in a 135-pound feature bout.
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“I don’t know much about James, but from what I’ve seen he likes to go to the ground and is a wrestler, but I’m prepared for anything,” said Salmon. “It’s hard for me to make a prediction on how the fight will go, so I’ll just go play-by-play and see what happens.
“I can’t predict a knockout or a submission; I just know I’ve got to be prepared.”
Salmon has definite goals in MMA, and a win over DeHerrera on Friday would allow him to get one stop closer to achieving them.
“A win over James will be good for me, because it will put me at 3-0 and I believe in a fight or two that I could be fighting for a title,” said Salmon. “Maybe if I get to 4-0 or 5-0, maybe I’ll get a call from the UFC, which would be the dream picture for us.”