Kevin Salgado follows his brother Juan’s advice and path

Boxer Kevin Salgado is attempting a breakthrough against Bryant Perrella on Saturday, April 9th ​​at 10:00pm ET on Showtime.

Kevin Salgado is undefeated and will be hoping to make his mark in his US debut on Saturday, April 9 against Bryant Perrella.

Salgado (14-0, 9 KOs) battles Perrella on the undercard of Erickson Lubin vs. Sebastian Fundora on Showtime, giving him a platform to shine.

Salgado moved his training camp from Mexico City to San Antonio in preparation for his coming-out party in the United States.

“I’ve been here basically two months,” Salgado told FanSided through an interpreter. “The transition happened because I actually wanted to fight on another show.”

The opportunity to fight Perrella came up, and Salgado said he went for the challenging opponent and the Showtime spot.

Salgado also told FanSided that exercising in the US reduces the everyday distractions that are present when exercising at home. He understands this is a chance to introduce himself to a US audience.

“My goal, without a doubt, is to be a star,” Salgado said. “My brother tells me that because of my style, I have all the makings of being a world star and becoming a champion.”

Salgado’s brother’s opinion carries additional weight. His brother is former WBA and IBF super featherweight champion Juan Salgado.

Watch Kevin Salgado vs. Bryant Perrella April 9 on Showtime at 10:00 p.m. ET

Juan is 13 years older than Salgado, but the two are very close despite the age difference. Salgado receives a wealth of advice from Juan, who was his growing up hero.

“Growing up fighting, I didn’t need to look at another fighter,” Salgado said. “I slept under the same roof like a world champion with a fighter in Mexico who put people in the arena and defended a title.”

“That was my idol,” Salgado added.

Childhood idols can have a powerful influence. It’s probably more impactful if the icon you adore is your sibling.

Salgado only entered boxing as a teenager, but he displayed a talent reminiscent of his brother. His amateur career was short but successful. Salgado was a Mexican national champion who fought against high profile opponents.

Still, Perrella (17-3-1, 14 KOs) is a step forward for Salgado. Perrella fought former WBC Welterweight Champion Tony Harrison in April 2021 to a draw.

At 6-foot-1, Perrella has a 2-inch height advantage over Salgado. Perrella is also a southpaw.

Orthodox fighters like Salgado can struggle with southpaws, but Salgado believes his experience gives him an edge over Perrella.

“When I was winning the national championship and the Olympics as an amateur, out of my six wins, five were left-handed at the elite level,” said Salgado. “As a pro, I fought three.”

Some of Salgado’s countrymen have been making waves of late. For example, Mauricio Lara went from unknown to someone after shockingly defeating current IBF Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington.

Salgado believes he can achieve the same status as Lara, but thinks he’s built differently.

“The difference is I want to be better and better known than all the other guys,” Salgado said.

Salgado gets his chance against Perrella at Showtime. Kevin Salgado follows his brother Juan’s advice and path

John Verrall

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