We are now under three weeks away from Floyd Mayweather’s final fight of his spectacular career. He currently stands at 48 wins and 0 losses.
He’s beaten the best of his generation, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Juan Manual Marquez, Manny Pacquiao, Saul Alvarez, Shane Mosley and the list just goes on and on.
It is my privilege and honour to be part of this historic boxing event on Saturday 12th September 2015. This will be my seventh fight with Mayweather Promotions, and the third time I’ve had the pleasure of fighting on Floyd’s show.
The world will be watching again. Old and new media will be arriving from all over the world to grab an interview with Floyd and his team of fighters. The energy and vibe generated by a Floyd fight is unmissable. These events are a sponsors dream – Las Vegas is always packed out. Fans fly in from Europe, America, Asia and Africa make it here. Millions of dollars are generated during the fight week.
There’s nothing like it. This is the third year I’ve had the opportunity to witness these events up close and in person. Representing the United Kingdom and fighting as part of The Money Team is something very special indeed.
I’m going after my 39th victory and I’ll be 35 years old by the time the bell rings.
I’ve been sparring with a bunch of up and coming youngsters this week. They are full of life and hopeful dreams. This ‘old’ boy has taken them into the deep sea on a sink or swim mission, unfortunately, a couple of them drowned in the choppy waters.
As the wise man once said “with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, go after your dreams.”
I’ve always believed in myself whether I could see the end of the tunnel or not, I just kept working and I just kept believing. So many times I could have given up, but I told myself that I’m just going to keep on doing what I’m doing, giving my best and what will be will be.
This mentality lead me away from the relative comforts of London to the harsh reality and competition of New York City then to the home of boxing, here in Las Vegas.
I’ve been officially signed to Mayweather Promotions for two years now.
Who would ever have thought that Ashley from All Stars Boxing Club in Paddington, London would now be an active part of the success of The Money Team here in Vegas?
The weeks keep getting better. Four weeks from now before I have my 46th professional fight.
I sparred two time Olympic and two time world champion, Yuriorkis Gamboa this week. The last two weeks have seen me work with some quality fighters; Floyd Mayweather and Mickey Bey where two of the fighters I sparred last week. One thing is for certain, my opponents won’t be as good as them.
Training hard is very important, but so is rest and recovery. The Subzero Recovery centre sees me every day. Cryotherapy has helped me tremendously, and I’ve now added ice baths into my routine. The number one entertainment channel in America, TMZ, highlighted just how hard I find these session by broadcasting a video shot by TMT coach Chris. They say all press is good press, no matter how painful the experience.
In my down time I took a thrilling ride to the Grand Canyon by helicopter and then took a calming boat ride across the river, and then had an enjoyable time with a horseback ride once there. I also found the time to go up in a hot air balloon and had some fun go-karting.
It was my ‘cheat’ week so my diet went out the window – Hakkasan, the Eiffel Tower restaurant and the “Top of the world” restaurant in the Stratosphere casino and hotel were three of the Vegas hot spots I treated myself to.
It is now 28 days until I fight on the historic Floyd Mayweather boxing event. This is uniquely billed as his last ever boxing fight. His record is currently 48-0 and he’s going for number 49, which will see him equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0.
I asked Floyd two years ago when he was training for the Robert Guerrero fight when he was 44-0, if 50-0 was the target. He told me “I never look past the fight in front of me.” If he retires at 49-0 he’s had one hell of a great career, beaten 20 plus world champions in that time and been a five weight world champion. What more could you ask for?!
It’s full steam ahead now, this is a momentous occasion to be a part of.
When I started boxing at the age of 7 years old I had a dream of one day fighting in America. When I was 14 I had my first amateur boxing match and when I was 22, I made my professional debut in 2002. In 2005 I said it was now or never to go to America and see how good am I?
I promised myself to always give my best and I always have. There have been set backs, as there always are in any journey, but I continue to put 110% effort in.
A dream has turned into reality. Against all odds I’m now promoted by the number one boxer in the world.
Dreams can come true.
What a way to start my week!
I sparred 8 rounds with Floyd Mayweather, the number one boxer in the world and the highest paid athlete in the world.
It was very hard, but hugely enjoyable at the same time. I’ve seen Floyd stop one sparring partner with him out on his feet and knock another one out cold ‘sleeping’, so Floyd is in great shape already.
This is the sixth training camp I’ve now watched. Floyd continues to work hard and push himself even though he’s accomplished so much. It’s so motivating and inspiring to me.
Mayweather Promotions held a press conference in Los Angeles to announce Floyd’s next showdown. Floyd has beaten the best of his era in Oscar De La Hoya, Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao. This will be his last fight under his current Showtime deal and one that he is saying will be his farewell fight. A win will see him equal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record.
Floyd has been referred to as Mr 300,000,000 this week. That is what he made for 36 minutes of work in his last fight on May 2nd.
I sparred with the number one lightweight in the world on Thursday, Mickey Bey. We always have great battles during our sessions. Sparring the best is never easy but it’s always worthwhile.
Cryotherapy is something that I have started doing every day now to help my body recover, but I’ve now also started doing ice baths at UNLV University. A very cool 42 degrees Fahrenheit was the temperature it was set to and I was told by Chris, the TMT strength conditioner that was the coldest any of the boxers have done it at. I’m always trying to push my body to its limits. If your mind will allow it your body can do it.
The team finished the week at Caesars palace for the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame; Lennox Lewis, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Mike Tyson were all in attendance. Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Roger Mayweather and Muhammad Ali were all inducted. Floyd was awarded the Fighter of the Year and asked for his team to be with him on stage as he gave his speech. It’s the third one and I’ve had the pleasure to attend all three. British boxing legend, Lennox Lewis, wished me well with my career.
It’s been a great week. Five weeks to go until September 12th. I’m looking for to my 46th fight were I’ll look to get my 39th professional win.
It’s been an incredible journey. Who would have thought a boy from Paddington would be living his dream, boxing in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas, with Floyd Mayweather guiding him – it’s nearly unbelievable.
But one thing my career clearly demonstrates that you must never stop believing in yourself and then, anything is impossible.
What an outstanding week in Las Vegas. Not just the privilege of the second week of being on Floyd Mayweather’s sparring team, but Floyd treated me to a brand new $50,000 Chrystal 300 car. I’m extremely grateful and honoured to be part of his TMT.
The top entertainment station, TMZ, top boxing reporter, Elie Seckbach, and number one boxing website, FightHype.com, interviewed me this week.
Floyd hired out the Circus Circus Adventure dome for the team’s family and friends. He should be headline news for all he does, but somehow his more generous side and his always ‘giving back’ activities never makes the headlines. Good news rarely travels far.
Earlier that night a bunch of us went out for dinner to celebrate Ishe’s 37th Birthday.
I’ve been hugely focused – training hard and getting into tip top shape. I’m waiting on confirmation of my opponent. Mayweather Promotions are still negotiating with a former world champion and top contender. I’m patiently looking forward to the announcement.
Every day I’m at Sub Zero Recovery for some cryotherapy to help my body to recover.
Nate Jones and I have been really putting on some performances during our pad sessions – you should have been there – nothing but blistering hand speed and excruciating power.
On Saturday evening, I attended two boxing shows; one at the Palms Casino Resort and the other at the Mandalay Bay. I bumped into my childhood friend from the amateur’s, former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion, David Haye. He’s talking about fighting at the end of this year. I like many, will look forward to that.
I ended my week at Wet ‘n’ Wild water park with Ishe and his family. This is part of the necessary relaxation for my body, as we get ready for another hard week ahead of us.
This week has been filled with great media exposure in America. I’ve had a productive and positive week with some great people. Not everything is plan sailing but by now, I know that I just have to roll with it.
Here’s to another great week in Vegas.
Don’t live in the past. You might miss the great things happening in your present.
Training camp is now officially well under way. I had the pleasure of commencing sparring with the pound for pound king himself, Floyd Mayweather, on Sunday. It’s been two years since we last worked together, so it was fun to be the first person he shared a ring with since he dismantled Manny Pacquiao.
Floyd took no prisoners in his first week of sparring, stopping two of his sparring partners. Both are undefeated fighters.
My own week has been very productive. I’ve started my sessions of cryotherapy at SubZero Recovery, Las Vegas to complement the lung sapping track and mountain sessions.
Onlookers in the gym have been praising my training sessions with Nate Jones. Many have been kind enough to state that they have been very impressed with my improvement. At 34 years old – I’m showing that age is just a number.
On Tuesday I had a sparring session with a fighter signed to Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. I bounced him around the ring. Nate jumped in the ring and held me back from inflicting any more punishment on him.
Five weeks until August 22nd when I have my 46th professional boxing match at the Cosmopolitan Casino and Hotel.
The main event is Badou Jack vs George Groves is the main event. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. announced on Saturday that he wants the WBC super-middleweight title. Therefore the winner can look forward to a seven figure purse after this fight.
I spent my Friday night at the Orleans Arena. There was a concert in aid of Scholarships for Students. Some of the best R’n’B acts of the 1990s performed; Keith Sweat, Dru Hill, Frankie J, Next, 112, Silk and H-Town were all amazing. I had a fantastic time. J. Holiday was a special guest and he didn’t disappoint.
I’m in the final stretch of training camp now. This week marks the half way point – No pain, No gain. Time to push myself to the limit.
Every day I’m grateful for everything I have achieved to date. I’m not where I want to be just yet, but I’m getting closer every day.
Enjoy life today, because yesterday is gone, and tomorrow is never promised.
August 22nd is the date and the Cosmopolitan Casino and Hotel is the venue. My team mate, Badou Jack will defend his WBC world super middleweight championship title against my fellow west Londoner, George Groves in the main event.
It’s the third week of training camp. Six more tough weeks to go. I’ve got 38 victories spanning 12 years in 45 professional fights. The show will be televised by Showtime in America and Sky Sports in Britain. I’ll be looking forward to getting my sixth win with Mayweather Promotions and my 39th overall on this show.
Each week has gotten harder, and harder. We’ve been pushing the limits each week and we’ve added some new training techniques to my programme. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished article in 6 weeks from now.
From mountain runs to track workouts, boxing sessions, strength conditioning, yoga, Pilates and swimming. Training camp is no joke, especially with the additional goal of dropping 10% of your body weight during this nine week process. Camp is stressful. It’s vital to be surrounded by an understanding and supportive team.
It’s not just the significant physical and emotional work load that sits squarely on my shoulders, but there’s also a lot that goes on that you have no control over. It’s essential that you have the trust in your team to make and take the decisions that will achieve your goals, and provide the platform necessary for an optimum performance.
In time we all learn that success is never straight forward. Glory doesn’t come without major sacrifice. My job hasn’t become any easier since I chose this path in 2002. I’m doing all I can – having faith, believing in myself and continuing to work hard.
Former world champion, Luis Collazo fought Keith Thurman on Saturday in Tampa, Florida. I’ve sparred with Luis a few times in NYC, and back in the summer of 2012 I came close to fighting Keith. I ended up as a boxing analyst for that boxing match for Boxnation TV.
140lb undisputed champion Danny Garcia recently enquired about my availability to be one of his sparring partners for his fight with two weight world champion, Paul Malignaggi on August 1st. I sparred Paulie back in 2006, at Gleason’s Gym in NYC. I’m expecting a very competitive match.
“The short and tragic life of Robert Peace” by Jeff Hobbs is a brilliant book I’m currently reading in my diminishing free time – it’s hard hitting, instructive and seriously gripping.
Remember, for everything you have lost, you have gained something else. Without the dark, you would never see the stars.
It’s back to the first week of training camp – loving it and hating it simultaneously.
My fellow TMT member, WBC world champion, Badou Jack and I are both back from our European vacations to prepare for our upcoming fights.
Badou will defend his title against Britain’s George Groves. Groves has become renowned for his courageous battles but two knock out losses to UK boxing legend, Carl Froch. They fought their last bout in front of 80,000 boxing fans at the magnificent Wembley Stadium in London. I could not miss their clash at Wembley and was there in attendance and enjoyed a great fight.
After Andre Ward’s straightforward but still impressive return to the ring, his and Amir Khan’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, was in deserved buoyant mood. He announced right after the fight that Badou is high on Andre Ward’s list of opponents. A win against Groves will put Badou on collision to a mouth-watering showdown with one of the current pound for pound bests.
Exciting times for The Money Team.
There is eight weeks of hard and severe preparation to go before we both fight for our victories.
This first week has been very hard. Sometimes the first weeks are the hardest as your body is shocked back into the necessary gladiator requirements.
The weather conditions don’t make it any easier – with Vegas weather soaring at 113 Fahrenheit or 45 Centigrade – either way scorching hot – especially when you are working as hard as we do.
It’s been 12 years in the boxing game now, from London to New York City and now residing in Las Vegas.
45 professional boxing matches with 38 wins 6 losses and 1 draw. A record to be proud of, but one that can and will be improved on.
British champion during 2011 to 2012 with three international boxing titles won well away from home; Germany and Luxembourg fighting a Tanzanian, an Afghan and a German.
I have just spent five weeks in London, after my 38th victory, spending time with friends and family. I attended some good events and completed a mini media tour.
My good friend, Badou Jack, defends his world title against Britain’s George Groves on August 22nd in Las Vegas. Look for me to claim my 39th professional victory on the show, which will be televised by Sky Sports in the UK and on NBC across America.
I returned to Vegas for the mega fight between Adrien Broner and Shawn Porter, which was held at the MGM Arena.
I personally know both men having sparred Shawn a couple years ago. He and his father Kenny have always been welcoming to me. I’m an admirer of Kenny’s coaching techniques.
Adrien Broner or AB, as he is also known, based his training camp at the Mayweather Boxing Club. My trainer, former Olympic bronze medallist, Nate Jones assisted the Broner team in getting him ready for the fight.
I felt if Shawn, coming down to 144lbs, wasn’t drained, that he could win by imposing his strength and smothering Adrien, and that’s exactly what happened. Adrien didn’t give up without a fight, as he dropped Shawn in the last round. It just wasn’t enough.
Shawn can look forward to a very big fight. Maybe he’ll get the call to be Floyd’s opponent for September 12th. AB will be back. He’s a three weight world champion already, and he’s not even 30 years old yet.
The leading nutritional supplements company, Vitabiotics Wellman, have been with me on this journey since 2007. Team work makes the dream work. There’s only so much you can do on your own, but with a great team the possibilities are endless.
In a time when sportsmen are being caught testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, I’m proud of the fact that I’ve passed all my drug tests. Britain’s Mo Farah is unfortunately seeing his name linked with a scandal of performance enhancing drugs. That’s one thing I know that will never happen, as I use Wellman.
20 of my 38 wins have occurred during our 8 year relationship. Winning in five countries, signing with the highest paid sportsman for 4 years in a row, the current number one boxer in the world. I’m a member of “The Money Team”. I’m signed to Mayweather Promotions.
I only associate myself with the best.
After 7 weeks off, I’m back in training camp. I have 9 intensive weeks ahead of me. Pushing myself to the limit. It never gets easier, you just have to get better and tougher. It’s sink or swim time.
The focus and goal is victory 39 on August 22nd. Televised across America and Great Britain. It’s going to be a great camp.
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I’ve now been in the city of Las Vegas, the fight capital of the world, for just over two years. Home to some of the best fighters ever to put gloves on; Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones all reside in Sin City.
Mike Tyson after watching Floyd dismantle Manny said to Sky Sports “Floyd is unstoppable right now. This is his era.”
Nine weeks of working towards my own landmark of 38 wins in 45 professional fights. Floyd hit 48 wins in 48 fights. I’m being the greatest I can be, but being surrounded by legends of boxing helps me push that little bit harder.
18 months with Mayweather Promotions and I’ve had six fights, five wins with one split decision loss to former interim WBA world champion, Pablo Cesar Cano. I’ve fought some tough fighters under Floyd’s guidance. The last three have been Mexican and all three brought the best out of me. Anything less than my best and I would have lost.
The world’s media embarked on an invasion of Vegas; CNN, ESPN and Sky Sports were just three of the news outlets that were looking for insights and authentic views that interviewed me.
The boxing legends, Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong, Marvin Hagler and Willie Pep were famed for fighting all over the world. I remember fighting in Luxembourg, and the UK media never took it seriously. They certainly sat up and paid attention when in my next fight I opened up the telecast for the biggest boxing event in history at the time, Floyd Mayweather v Saul Alvarez. People still struggle to understand the route you take to get to the mountain top. Sometimes you need to take a detour or a couple steps back, as success is never straight forward.
I’ve had loads of downs, but the ups have made them all worthwhile.
I’m 45 fights in to a 12 year professional career. I have a figure of 50 victories in mind before I ride off into the sunset. It’s been a beautiful journey, one I wake up to every day and feel appreciative of all the people I have in my life. Without the struggle I never would have met them.
I’ll be in the United Kingdom for a whistle stop tour during May to attend events, meetings and catch up with a series of media interviews including
Sky Sports and Boxnation. Stay tuned!
Let no one discourage your ambitious attitude. You don’t need a fan club to achieve your goals. Be your own fan club.
All eyes will be on Las Vegas this week. Journalists from all over the world have flown in to cover the mega event that will be taking place on Saturday May 2nd at the MGM Grand.
It’s a huge and historical week in sport and I’m a part of it. The Money Team’s UK fighter will be fighting a dangerous Mexican opponent – 30 wins, 21 by knock out with only 4 losses. I’m in the deep end, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Floyd told me back in December he’s putting me back in the big fights. He has delivered. Now it’s up to me to deliver and get the victory. It won’t be easy, but when did I ever do it easy.
Training hard and losing weight is always punishing on your body. This is my 45th training camp. I’m targeting my 38th professional win. 12 years as a professional, longevity isn’t easy in this game.
I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt. I feel like I’m still improving as a fighter. Experience is something you cannot buy. Being a veteran is something that enables me to know there are no limits except for the ones you put in front of yourself.
This week will be crazy in Las Vegas. The biggest fight ever to take place, and I’m part of it. I’ve seen Floyd Mayweather push himself day in day out. That’s motivated and inspired me to raise my own game.
I’m positive the whole of The Money Team will be victorious this week.
Last time I was on ESPN was 5 years ago, when I beat world number three Delvin Rodriguez. I went on to be British champion before becoming part of Floyd’s team for the past two years. I’ve had a remarkable career, one that no one believed possible back in 2003 but myself
Dreams are made to come true but only by those who have the courage to pursue them.
I’m very proud of my team mate, Badou Jack. He beat Anthony Dirrell for the world WBC super-middleweight title on Friday in Chicago. Mayweather Promotions have a new world champion in the team. That was great motivation for my own fight this week.
I congratulated Badou and he responded with;
“It’s your turn now. You’re gonna be the next champion from MP.
Go get it. If I can do it you can do it.”
Just like Ishe Smith and Mickey Bey before him, he was a huge underdog, but he put in a career best performance to achieve his dream.
This is a side of Floyd Mayweather which is not really appreciated – he’s always helping other fighters reach their goals. Fighters that maybe other promoters didn’t appreciate or believe in, but he’s seen something in them and helped them to win a world title.
I’ll be doing my bit in the media back in the UK this week; I’ll be asked for my opinions and insights on Sky Sports, Boxnation and ESPN and I’ll be sharing more in a large number of interviews with a decent number of newspapers and magazines.
“Never cry. Never complain. Just work.” – Floyd Mayweather