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.
Follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page for all updates in the lead up to my next fight.
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
I will be fighting Mohonri Montes on Thursday 30th April at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. This is the joint main event which will be shown live on ESPN across America.
Montes is an accomplished fighter with 30 wins, 21 by knock out. He has only lost 4 and 2 of those have been to three weight world champion, Humberto Soto and respected boxer, Eric Bone.
He’s a great fight for me. One I feel will bring out the best in me.
My last two opponents have been Mexican. This will be the third one in a row and fourth over the last six. They are never easy. Always very challenging opponents.
Floyd was impressed with my last victory on December 12th in San Antonio, Texas. He shared with me that I’d be back in the big fights and here I am.
This week has seen more quality sparring and pad work.
CNN reporter, Ben Wyatt came down to the Mayweather Gym on Wednesday to interview me and watch me work out. He spent enough time to get ‘under the skin’ of what it really takes. His interview will be out next week.
I hit Red Rock Mountain for a hiking trip and I spent a day at a spa in Lake Las Vegas – when my team told me to take a day off.
It’s been a great camp. One of my best in Las Vegas.
The months have turned in to weeks, now we are looking at days.
“Learn from the past, prepare for the future, and perform in the moment.”
Life can be made so much harder by people going out of their way to belittle your dreams. I’ve heard “you can’t” and “you won’t” over the last 12 years far too many times. I used this to energise my efforts and “I can” and “I will” is what I told myself and I did.
They say that many successful people often have to go it alone as their journey is not one that is normally trodden.
I understand this. For years I’ve believed in myself. For years I believed I would get to the top of the mountain. I’ve always believed I was good enough.
My talent wasn’t really recognised in the United Kingdom. I went to New York City in 2005, and they instantly loved me. Many telling me that I was good enough to be world champion. I instantly felt at home, it was such a positive environment. Not like in London, where I felt I was hitting dead end after dead end.
My dream was laughed at there, but in America they believed in me. They believe in dreams.
Sometimes that’s all it takes is for someone to believe in you. I always pushed hard. Relentlessly! I wasn’t afraid of coming up short. I just had to give my best. That’s all I ask from myself, all the time.
Even when it was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, I kept on digging.
After becoming world number four, British champion, International champion three times, fighting in five different countries and winning. I met and joined forces with René Carayol.
This man believed in me and saw something in me I never quite did. He helped me to dream bigger. Four years strong. Despite some ups and downs, we are still on course. His vision has come true. A vision I never saw, but I believed in him, and stayed true to the script.
I’ve been in hundreds of magazines across Great Britain. I’m currently on billboards in the United Kingdom. Whenever I’m in London, I’m privileged to be a guest on Boxnation, and recently was invited by Sky Sports to provide expert opinion and insight on boxing matters, on their ‘Toe to Toe’ podcast. This is the most watched boxing program in the world.
This coming week will see me being interviewed by CNN’s Ben Wyatt in Las Vegas, for a special piece on my upcoming fight and being in “The Money Team”.
Training this week has been hard. I’ve assembled my team of sparring partners to push me every minute of every round. All talented fighters based in Las Vegas.
For the next three weeks I’ll be using the Sub-zero recovery system in Las Vegas. Best cryotherapy in town. I have got to have my body performing at its best.
Training camp is not cheap, but to get the best out of your body you have to give it the best.
“Tough times don’t last. Tough people do” – Floyd Mayweather.
You push your body so hard. Right to the verge of breaking point. You feel like you’re going to collapse with exhaustion. You can never afford to get comfortable with your work ethic. No world class athlete or successful business man ever does.
I’m three weeks from my 45th professional fight. Just as I pushed my 22 year old body in 2002, when I had dreams of one day walking amongst my idols. Now in 2015, as a 34 year old man, I’m pushing even harder now. I’m a veteran in the boxing world. I walk among greats. I walk among my idols. Some are now my rivals. It’s been a great journey.
A mind blowing story that one day I’ll be able to share with audiences around the world.
I made my professional debut in 2003. Frank Warren, Mick Hennessy, Matchroom Sport and Frank Maloney were the top promoters at that time in the UK. None of them at the time believed I’d achieve much in the sport. That only added fuel to my fire. The furnace was blazing with determination.
I headed to New York City in 2005. Working at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. In 2010 I became world number 4 defeating world number 3 Delvin Rodriguez, and derailing his scheduled fight with Saul Alvarez.
I headed back to London to defeat British champion, Lenny Daws. Two years later I arrived in Las Vegas as I believed I was good enough to be part of the team of the number one boxer in the world, Floyd Mayweather.
Two years later I’m still here. Four wins straight and looking to make it five on Thursday 30th April at the Palms Casino Hotel.
Being able to watch Floyd workout gives me that extra motivation. That extra inspiration. He had a dream, and he worked very hard to make it a reality.
My story is becoming more special by the day, but I have so much more I can achieve. So much more I believe I will achieve. Every day I move closer to making that a reality.
First I have an opponent with 30 wins, 21 by knockout with only 4 losses. I’m back on the big stage where I always want to test myself. Always challenging myself. This is the perfect opponent to set my case for a world title challenge. I’m ready!
Back in London, Vitabiotics have a great new marketing campaign with some inspiring advertisements; featuring world class athletes Mark Foster and Jimmy Anderson alongside yours truly. I’ve been told that they look great. Even though I’m away from the UK, Vitabiotics have ensured I’ll still be there in magazines, newspapers, buses and train stations.
Dreams are just dreams unless you wake up to make them a reality. I’m here living my dreams.