Kevin Adonis Arias, 19, has a very clear philosophy of life, inherited from his parents with whom he still lives in the city of Masaya, Nicaragua.
"Being the best requires beating the best," Arias said in a telephone interview from the Nicaraguan Institute of Sport, where he is training with the team on the eve of their departure to Toronto for Pan American Games.
Arias, with only seven international matches, won the qualifier in early June in Tijuana, leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind about his potential to win the 49kg Light Fly weight gold medal. He dominated in all four of his bouts.
His rivals in Tijuana were great competitors, Arias said. He pulled out a close win in the final, edging out Colombia’s Yuberyen Herney Martínez by split decision.
When he is not concentrating on boxing, Arias attends high school. Although about to turn 20 on August 18, he still lives in his family home and obeys his parents.
"No bad habits,” his parents tell him every day.
"I care a lot for my career and put everything they tell me into practice," Arias said.
The president of the Federation of Nicaragua, Diogenes Cardenas, said, “This boxer's unique strength is his motivation to always go forward and be positive."
Although Arias says he respects all his opponents, he is not intimidated by anyone. When he comes into the ring, his only thought is victory.
An introverted and quiet young man, Arias can seem cocky at times, but this personality has helped him stay focused on his goals.
Meanwhile, Federation President Cardenas expressed the satisfaction of the governing body with Arias’ work in Tijuana and participation in the Pan Am Games.
"We are absolutely proud of Arias. He stands as and example of sacrifice, discipline and hard work to the other athletes of Nicaragua."
As the day comes for his jump back into the ring, Arias is working hard to be at his best and to win for his Central American country the coveted gold medal. Rivals in Toronto include experienced WSB boxers like current Pan American Champion Joselito Vazquez Altamirano (MEX), Joahnys Oscar Argilagos Perez (Cuba), and Yoel Segundo Finol Rivas (VEN).
It will be a very close race, but for Arias the word “impossible” does not exist.
Photo: Kevin Arias with the President of AMBC, Osvaldo Bisbal, Tijuana. Photo Credit: CAR for AMBC.