Set to square off with Up-and-Comer, Alycia Baumgardner (4-0, 4 KOs) of Fremont, OH, twenty one (21) fight veteran Nydia “Dha Phenominal” Feliciano of the Bronx is poised for battle just as she has with the long list of top level athletes she has faced over her nine years of professional boxing career.
The duo are scheduled to bang for eight rounds for the vacant WBC International Featherweight Championship on Saturday, February 10th on Hard Hitting Promotions show at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA.
Feliciano’s record does not do enough justice for the competition rounds she has put in with the strong determination to be a world champion, stepping inside the ropes with the best in the game like: Amanda Serrano, Yazmin Rivas, Jennifer Han, Shelly Vincent, Olivia Gerula, Heather Hardy, Tyrieshia Douglas, Noemi Bosques and most recently highly-regarded prospect Mikaela Mayer.
How has camp been going?
“Camp has been going so good in preparation for this fight. I feel better, stronger and comfortable in this weight.”
Who have you been working with, in preparation for this upcoming bout?
“I have some of the guys in my gym that helped me out for the fight also I sparred with two strong professional fighter Melissa St. Vil and Helen Joseph they both pretty strong and I think that was a major key to help me prepare for this fight.”
This is obviously not your first title go-around. What does this championship match mean to Nydia Feliciano?
“This fight mean everything to me, this fight definitely is another obstacle I have to go through to for me to be able to fight for the world title.”
What do you know about the young (in experience) boxer, Alycia Baumgardner?
“I don’t know to much about her all I know is that she’s strong and she’s coming to fight.”
What shall we expect to see in Saturday, in Philadelphia?
“I could say that you should expect a good fight, I’m ready to take my spot and get the spotlight that I deserve because I had always worked hard for the sport. I think is time for me to step up my game up and give the people what they want and become a world champion.”
You have faced a long list of top level competition. Is there a match, opponent, moment that you can say defines your career so far?
“To be honest I just go with who is available to fight. I never turned down no fight and I definitely don’t pick or choose who I’m fighting. Even if I have to travel to the other side of the world to prove that I’m a warrior. This is what I love to do and show everyone that girls can fight too.”
What motivates “Dha Phenominal” Feliciano?
“What motivates me is my family. They are my rock to keep going and never give up on my dream which is becoming the first World Champion from my town Coamo, PR. Their support means a lot to me. This fight is dedicated to the people I have lost. My best friend Sidney, my grandma Gloria. For my people in Coamo Housing and El Cerro, that’s where I grow up.”
Good luck, Champ!
“Thank you so much for everything. God Bless.”