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‘Between Rounds’ – 60 seconds of quick-fire questions with super-middleweight contender Cesar Mateo Tapia

Cesar Mateo Tapia hopes to be given a top 10 ranking by the World Boxing Association to put him in line for a big fight with Rocky Fielding.

The 24-year-old defends his WBA Oceania super-middleweight title in Brisbane on Saturday night and is already eyeing up potential opponents if he can muscle in on the leading contenders at 168lbs.

Liverpool’s Fielding, Padraig McCrory of Northern Ireland and rising US star Edgar Berlanga are fights Tapia is “keen” on should everything go to plan at A Night to Remember VII this weekend.

Tapia was born in Mexico but moved to Australia at the age of four and is now based in Narrabeen, north of Sydney, and here we get to learn more about the man known as ‘El Tijuanero’.

Favourite fighter: Edwin Valero or Johnny Tapia.

Favourite fight: Juan Manuel Marquez vs Manny Pacquiao in 2012 in Vegas. I was there, it’s the greatest fight I’ve ever seen and the atmosphere was insane!

Favourite other sport: Surfing. But I’m not as good as my mates, some of them are pros. I also play golf and was playing off a 14 handicap when I was 14-years-old but I chose to pursue boxing. I won a few matches but lost plenty too!

Favourite meal: Mexican! I am sponsored by a Mexican restaurant.

Last place you went on holiday: Hamilton Island. It is a beautiful part of the world. We had a relaxing time over Christmas, lots of paddle boarding, lying on the beach and swimming with wild turtles.

Best film you’ve seen: Lone Survivor with Mark Wahlberg. I’ve been watching that a lot recently.

Nextflix recommendation: Euphoria. It highlights what it’s like growing up as a teenager these days.

Most famous follower on social media: That’s a tough one….Tyson Fury has watched my stories before, so that’s pretty cool.

If you weren’t a boxer, your job would be: When I left school at 15, I became a bricky, and I did that for five or six years.

If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life: ‘Don’t Change’ by INXS.

Watch Cesar Mateo Tapia defend his WBA Oceania title this weekend live and free on Probellum.com