MMA Fighter Cody Huard
Ready For First Boxing Match
By Barbara Pinnella
It is often bantered about that currently the MMA and UFC
are more exciting to those mainly younger viewers,
particularly males, than boxing. That demographic goes more
for the bigger attacks and damage done in that arena than
the squared circle. The sweet science is sour and boring for
I recently spoke with young MMA fighter, Cody “Crazy Legs”
Huard, and he gave an interesting perspective, one that
boxing aficionados might find promising. First, a bit of
information on Huard. He has been training for about six
years now, since he was 14. As soon as he was old enough, he
turned professional. He has a 4-1 record as a pro, and that
loss came by decision.
On Feb. 17 he has his first pro boxing match. Why? “It’s
only going to sharpen my skills as an MMA fighter,” he told
me. “There are a lot of guys in MMA that have no real stand
up skills at all, like wrestlers. They might street brawl,
but there are no skills like boxing. Why not refine myself
and make myself a better fighter? I want to become the best
He did not come in with any boxing background. “When I
started I went straight to Muay Thai. But now I’ve been
doing boxing, and I love it. Before when I would watch I
thought it was boring and there was no real fun to it, but
once I got into it I realized how much more fun it really
is. Before when I’d watch, you’d either get really good
boxing matches or you got a real boring one. That’s why I
was iffy about it at first.”
But it’s not completely about fun. “When you know more about
it you can really read and watch boxing and really
understand what they’re trying to do. I’ve learned a lot.”
His opponent for his first pro boxing match is Abel Ramos.
Both young men are 20 years of age, and both from Arizona.
These two will go four rounds in the light welterweight
division. Ramos has had only one other pro fight, which he
won by decision. “I’ve watched a lot of his clips,” Cody
said, “so I’ve done my research on him and I really feel
like I’m overall the better, more versatile fighter.
“He’s a standard boxer who likes to just come in tight and
fight real close, and I’ve always been a guy to keep my
distance and really use the reach I have. That’s definitely
gonna play a big factor in the fight.”
Huard is understandably excited. “Since this is my first pro
boxing match, I feel like I’m fighting for the first time
again ever, like it was for my first MMA event.”
We joked that he has to remember to not kick him. “Yeah,” he
laughed, “we’ve been having to work on that – not wanting to
grab him and take him down, or kick him or anything. It’s a
little tough, but a lot of my sparring and training has been
boxing so I’m kind of used to trying not to do it.
“I’ve been sparring a lot of pro boxers and Golden Gloves
fighters. My boxing trainer, Cesar Peraza, is real strict on
trying to get me the best sparring, and the best training I
can have to make me a better fighter overall.
“My jiu jitsu coach is Ruben Vargas, and we fight out of the
Power Fit Gym. Our fight team is called the 303 Fight Club,”
So while Cody has his eyes set on MMA, right now he wants to
take advantage of the time he has to continue his boxing.
“I’ve got a lot of time, and want to jump into everything
while I’m still young and healthy.”
Boxing has definitely been included and will continue to be.
Huard now looks upon it in a different way, the way boxing
should be looked at – a sport that is not all action and
blood, but rather one to be studied and appreciated.
I wish Cody best of luck in his first pro boxing match and
hope to see him in many more.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,