Hello to Hawaii’s, Boston Salmon
“The Aloha State”, or better known as Hawaii, is the most recent state to join America back in 1959, and is the only State to be entirely made up of islands. With its golden sand beaches, active volcanoes, heat and multiple waterfalls, it is still the proud Hawaiian people who bring the culture and life to the State. Amongst these people, there are a select few who have decided to carry over that pride into the sport of mixed martial arts. Recognised fighters such as BJ Penn, Brad Tavares, and also Travis Browne, have dedicated their lives to the sport. They have been successful at it. They also have obtained the highest status, in terms of fighting for the largest MMA promotion in history, the UFC.
For Resurrection Fighting Alliance’s Boston “Boom Boom” Salmon, growing up in small city called Waianae, located on the West Coast of Hawaii, was no easy task. Salmon thankful for his hard working and caring parents was able to get himself involved in multiple cultural activities, as well as competition, to help stay away from any trouble that may exist for any child or teen in a city that was dubbed as “bad news”.
Salmon explains how he originally focused on competing in sports and specifically how his parents, and more so his dad encouraged him to participate in boxing, a sport he would become successful in. Boxing for Boston, also helped him branch out into other disciplines in his later years, and eventually into the sport of MMA.
Despite graduating secondary school on the islands, Salmon realised he must pursue other opportunities elsewhere within the country. This meant leaving his homeland, more importantly his family and friends. Boston has said this time in his life has helped him mature into the man he is today.
It has been six years since seventeen year old Boston Salmon travelled to Las Vegas alone. He has been attending university there and has also earned a very impressive professional debut win under one of the top MMA organizations in the United States.
“My father is Hawaiian, Caucasian. My mother is Japanese, both are from Hawaii. I was raised on the west coast of Hawaii in a small city named Waianae. Waianae is considered to be a city of poor or little no class, uneducated community. I was fortunate to have hard working parents who wanted their kids to live a better life and vision that you can achieve anything possible if you work hard for it. Living in Waianae and being raised into a Hawaiian culture means so much to me. I am very family oriented and caring for others. Growing up as a kid I was always outdoors at the beach spearfishing, surfing, hunting wildlife, if it wasn't playing sports. The city that I grew up in is tough and no one gets any breaks. My father forced me into the boxing gym at sixth grade and told me that I would need to learn how to fight and be able to defend myself for middle and high school.
In just 2 years of boxing I had won a national championship in Kansas City at the age of twelve, another at sixteen. I wrestled in high school and placed top 8 in states. After graduating from high school I made a promise to myself that I would move from my family and the islands to better my education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and explore different opportunities. I was 17 at the time not knowing what I would get myself into being away from my family. I stuck it out and now I am out here in Las Vegas at the age of 23. Being out here definitely matured me to be independent and become a man. I know as long as I’m out here I am much more focused and close to achieving my goals and dreams. I plan on moving back to the islands once I get my degree and when I am financially stable and locked in with a premier organization. Who knows what my future holds but Las Vegas has got me really far. I try to visit Hawaii and my family twice a year now.”
Just as I find the Hawaiian culture to be very interesting, I also find Boston Salmon to be a very interesting and unique name for one to carry. Assuming there must be some sort of story to his name.
“I get asked that question all the time. No one really believes me that my name is Boston, and they just think it’s a nickname. It’s a cool story if you ask me and I find my name very unique. My father is a Boston Celtic fan and when I was born he and my mother had 3 names to choose from. Boston, Raider, or Bullet. My mom decided that Boston was the best name. Between the three of us, not my parents or I have ever been to Boston, MA. I am a diehard Boston Celtic fan and it would be a dream come true to compete in Boston one day and perhaps even live on the east coast for a year or so.”
While living in Las Vegas, it did not take Salmon long to find a gym to tone and sharpen the skills he brought with him. Since his pro debut, Extreme Couture has been the gym and has yet to dissatisfy the young Featherweight (now Bantamweight). With an excellent coaching staff and great team full of professional talent, Boston says working on his overall MMA game comes naturally rather than focussing on individual disciplines like in the past, however Salmon says he still likes to let his hands fly.
“I am training out of Las Vegas, NV at Xtreme Couture. I would say my style is an all-around mixed martial artist. I train and practice almost every aspect of the sport and try not to stay focused on just one. But I must admit that I love letting my hands fly. Here at Xtreme Couture we get the best training from Coaches Robert Follis, Kui Gonsalves, Ray Sefo, Dennis Davis and Eric Nicksick. Our pro team is loaded with a bunch of veterans and studs from the UFC and top level promotions that there are too many fighters to single out that I get to train with.”
Since his pro debut back on January 26, 2014 at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 12 and earning a knockout victory in just over the three minute mark of the very first round, Salmon has now been waiting for his return to RFA. This return will take place on July 25, 2014 at RFA 16. “Boom Boom” goes on to say how excited he is to not only fight, but to represent RFA for a second time after reflecting on his pro debut earlier this year.
“Yes indeed the fight went by quick. I knew when RFA signed me that they wouldn't give me an easy way in. I felt like Perceu Friza was a very game and talented opponent under Lyoto Machida and will go on to do bigger things with his career. With the experience that I have in the past with boxing and wrestling I felt very confident in my skills and what I am capable of doing in the cage. I am a firm believer in working hard at your craft to become victorious and successful.
I couldn't be more excited and anxious to get back in the cage for RFA again. I feel like it has been a while since I made my debut and I just want to show the world what I am capable of bringing to this sport.”
Zac Chavez is no easy task for anyone to get across the cage against, and one who generally presents more problems than opportunities for his opponents, demonstrating several skills. Having earned a submission victory and having gone the distance, I asked Boston what he may know about Chavez heading into RFA 16, and if there was anything he could expect after the caged door is locked and the official signals for the fight to begin.
“Zac and I fought on the same card for RFA 12. I believe his original opponent pulled out so Friza and I replaced them on the main card. I don't know much about Chavez but I'm sure he is training hard and will bring his best on July 25th.”
Having a great idea that Chavez will be donating 100% of his time preparing for his fight with Salmon, Boston also goes into detail on his preparation coming together, as well as any altercations that may have taken place from his pro debut to this fight camp. Although having no set game plan for each fight, dieting, and his strength and conditioning will be altered, says Salmon. Altitude will also play a major role, since the event is being held in Colorado. Being a professional mixed martial artist though, Boston says the variable will not factor into play or the result of the fight.
“For this camp a lot has changed from my debut. Majority of my camp will be done at Xtreme Couture besides my strength and conditioning. My diet plan has changed now that I will be competing at a lighter weight. I have never believed in game planning. I do believe in hard work and dedication. The great Mike Tyson said it pitch perfect. "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." To me you have to be able to go with the flow of the fight and predictions should not be made before it. That's why we train MMA, to cover and be ready for any situation you may get into the cage of a fight.
I am an athlete and I train hard for my fights. Losing and knowing you were out of shape for a fight got to be the worst feeling so you got to be able to push your body to the maximum so that there are no limits. Being that the elevation and altitude is much higher than Nevada is definitely an advantage for my opponent. I have trained in Hawaii for one of my boxing fights where the altitude and elevation is much lower than Nevada and fought in the USA boxing nationals at the Olympic center of Colorado Springs. I felt 100% and went on and advanced to the semifinals. I think it’s more of a mental thing and if you keep thinking about it, it could go on and affect you.”
Salmon knows just how hungry and deep the Bantamweight division is in any organization, but is determined and remains positive that with his skills and ability to learn each and every day, these things will allow him to stay ahead and continue to climb the ranks.
“Over the years the 135lb division has grown to be an elite division. A class where majority are fast, quick, and athletic fighters. The few challenges over the year that I look forward to are being able to stay healthy and risk injury. Being able to stick with my diet and still eat healthy offseason and not just in training camp. Being able to absorb training and technique like a sponge and master my craft.”
With already some highly notable names to come out of Hawaii in within the sport of MMA, could Boston Salmon be the next? RFA has proven time after time to give opportunities to young bright stars such as Boston, and with that opportunity, “Boom Boom” has already impressed many.
Come July 25, 2014, just like the flowing scenery that makes up the beautiful State of Hawaii, will we see this same type of flow presented in Broomfield, CO from a very proud and talented Boston Salmon?
Salmon would like to thank several people that have supported him throughout his camp transition, as well as in and outside of the cage.
“Thank you to RFA for giving me an opportunity to showcase my skills and talent once again. Thank you to my family, friends, and fans for their continued support and belief. I promise to give you my all so that we can continue this dream.
Thank you to Jesus for always being there for me through the roughest times. Thank you Xtreme Couture coaches Robert Follis, Kui Gonsalves, Dennis Davis, Ray Sefo, Eric Nicksick and my team. Thank you to my S&C coach Andrew Jacobe and Ron Frazier. Thank you to Hawaii's Farmers Market for the sickest apparel out. Thank you to my management team Suckerpunch entertainment: Brian Butler, Bryan Hamper, and Shu Hirata.”
Tune into AXS TV live, on July 25, 2014 for your RFA 16 main card action. You can support and follow Boston leading up and after the fight via Twitter: @BostonSalmon and support Resurrection Fighting Alliance @RFAFighting. Visit www.rfafighting.com for all card updates and news.
Interview done by @AdamMartinShow