uper welterweight prospect Gorjan “Gogo” Slaveski (6-1) returns to the ring this Saturday night when he faces Antonio Hernandez in a bout scheduled for 6 rounds.
Hernandez has faced several top prospects from the super welterweight division up to the super middleweight division. In 2020 he went the distance with Lorenzo Simpson and upset a then 9-0 Destyne Butler.
Like many fighters, Slaveski had his 2020 campaign effected by the coronavirus pandemic. He was only able to fight once, stopping Zachariah Kelley in 3 rounds in August.
The Macedonia native has relocated to South Florida and has put together a new team.
“I feel very fortunate to be working with my new manager Luis Molina, boxing coach Derik Santos and my strength coach Phil Daru. I also am working with Maureen Shea who advises me in both areas. I have worked in the past with other trainers but there has never been so much focus put on my boxing fundamentals. I hope that one day Luis Molina will have the first Macedonian world champion. My goal is to make that history,” Slaveski stated.
Slaveski’s only career defeat came against unbeaten prospect Isiah Stevens in 2019. Even though he took the fight on only one day’s notice, he scored a knockdown on the way to losing a controversial majority decision.
New trainer Derik Santos believes the sky is the limit for Slaveski.
“Gogo came to us and asked if we would be interested in working with him. I told him I’d give him a look and after a few workouts what I realized was that this kid is very athletic and has a ton of upside. He just did not yet have the knowledge of what to do with it. Even though he is a professional he had a very limited amateur career. I really kept coming back to his upside. The rest of the team came together and we all felt the same. For this weight division he has the speed, power, and athletic ability to compete at the highest level. So now he is doing his part and our part is to teach and guide him through with an on the job education,” said Santos.
The plan is for Slaveski to fight 5 times in 2021 and get closer to being ranked by the major sanctioning bodies. He has fought the majority of his career at super middleweight and is now beginning the process of moving down to the 154 pound super welterweight limit.