“To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.
To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard of life is to risk nothing.” – René Carayol
2014 is coming to a close. It’s been a testing year, but a good one that has seen me beat Angino Perez and Daniel Calzada in Las Vegas, Nevada. Next up is the tough and durable Miguel Zuniga in San Antonio, Texas. To end my first full calendar year with Mayweather Promotions with a 100% win ratio will be a fantastic achievement.
Fight week is at last now upon us. Some of the best fighters in the world will be battling it out in America this weekend; Erislandy Lara v Ishe Smith is the main event in Texas. My friend Ishe has had a great camp and is in a very winnable fight to become a two time world champion. He’s already in the record books as the only Las Vegas born fighter to win a world title.
I’m within days of my 37th victory. 40 will be my target for next year, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves – it’s important to focus on one fight at a time. I’m getting close to 12 years as a professional fighter. I have five more years to continue winning and inspire the next generation in the process. 50 professional wins is a record I’ll be proud to finish with. Very few reach that incredible milestone.
I’ve always believed in myself and I’ve always been the underdog. I’ve always benefitted from proving doubters wrong. It’s normal for me to do everything the hard way. Where I’m from, only the strong survive.
I’ve fought in America, Luxembourg, Saint Lucia, Germany and England. Winning in all those countries.
This is my tenth fight in the United States of America. A childhood dream kick started my journey but that dream did not know just how tough this would really be. The route available to me has been brutally hard and many have fallen by the wayside trying to get to where I am at the moment. It has been incredibly hard and quite lonely at times. It took a long ten years before a promoter backed me.
My determination and perseverance has been worthwhile and paid off when the number one boxer in the world saw my potential, believed in me, and put me on the biggest most lucrative boxing show ever.
I’ve always had to walk the untrodden path to fulfil my destiny. I’ve always had to go against the grain.
Many love me, a few hate me, but most I hope just respect me across the world of boxing.
Being the best I can be is what I demand from myself – every day. Pushing myself into the unknown, and be what people believe is not possible or available to me. I’m not in the business of doubting myself, in fact it’s the complete opposite – I must back myself every minute in that ring and I’ve become used to backing myself in all I attempt. It’s the only way to achieve anything in this tough life we have chosen.
It certainly helps when you have a great team behind you and I’m blessed to have that.
Come this Friday I’ll be looking to end my year with a sound victory and move on to a bigger, better and more lucrative 2015.
I’m in Las Vegas for my third fight of the year. A total of 8 months of training away from home in the worlds fight capital, under the guidance of Floyd Mayweather, the number one boxer in the world. Not bad to working with the Pound for Pound king.
The hard work, the dedication and the sacrifice is an essential part of the profession I chose. It doesn’t make it any easier knowing what you signed up for.
I’m less than two weeks away from my 37th victory on the undercard of Ishe smith and Erislandy Lara. Two of the very best junior middleweight fighters clash for the WBA world championship. Ishe is the one and only Las Vegas born world champion and he aims to be a two time champion. I believe he can do it.
I’m also in a division surrounded by talent and there are some major clashes I hope I can look forward to next year. I’ve already fought Danny Garcia, Delvin Rodriguez, DeMarcus Corley and Pablo Cesar Cano and I’ve beaten former World, European, Commonwealth, British, English and African champions.
You can’t buy that sort of solid experience. I’ve accomplished more than what was expected of me, but there’s always more to achieve.
Other than my boss, Floyd Mayweather, I bring the most victories to Mayweather Promotions. I crave the big fights; Humberto Soto, Lamont Peterson, Adrien Broner, Lucas Matthysse and John Molina are just some of the names that bring entertainment when they fight, win or lose. I want one of them in 2015.
I’m spoilt, surrounded by knowledge and talent at the Mayweather Boxing Club.
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Cornelius Boza Edwards, Roger Mayweather, Kofi Jantuah, Floyd Mayweather Senior, Lou Del Valle, Morris East, Bermane Stiverne, Mickey Bey and Ishe Smith. It’s a gym packed with talented fighters and world class coaches.
I’ve come a very long way, a professional boxer for 11 years and a former British champion and former world number four.
I see talented fighters who never reach their potential all the time. For whatever reason, looking good in the gym and then producing those victories on fight night is a total different thing. I’ve by far surpassed what the so called British and American “experts” opinion of how far I could really go.
I was recently offered a fight in Russia to fight former undisputed world champion Zab Judah. Square Ring offered me a fight with Zab back in 2008 on the undercard of a Roy Jones fight. A Las Vegas promoter had signed contracts for Zab and me to fight the following year. Mayweather Promotions tried to get Zab and me in the ring last year September.
Fighting Zab Judah has always attracted my strong interest – maybe one day it will happen, but for now I’m focused on next Friday in San Antonio where I will achieve my 37th professional victory.
“Success happens to those who make sacrifices every single day”.
Nearly 29 years ago, a 20 year old Mike Tyson won the heavyweight championship of the world in Las Vegas.
He inspired a young five year old kid who was so impressed with the energy and the aura that surrounded a young and fearless Tyson.
I started boxing three years later at All Stars Boxing Club in the deprived area of Paddington, London.
Coming to America was always a dream. A scary big dream, but if you’re not scared of your dreams they’re just not big enough.
New York City was my first stop, where I met Harry Keitt (who I still work with) at Gleason’s Gym back in August 2005. We did some good pad work together on my first day there, but I ended up joining forces with former commonwealth champion, Lennox Blackmoore. He was at the time, the head trainer to world champions, Vivian Harris, Wayne Braithwaite and Elio Rojas. I’ve always looked to surround myself with quality – people that had top level experience and were full of rock solid advice.
Harry was working with Dmitriy Salita in 2006. They would fly me from London to New York City for his training camp in the Poconos Mountains, Catskills and Florida. I helped him in his world title challenge to Amir Khan back in 2009.
Stan Hoffman, manager to over 30 world champions, gave me my big break in America, after watching our sparring sessions. He believed I had championship potential. Floyd Mayweather saw the same thing in me 6 years later, which resulted in my signing up with Mayweather Promotions.
For five years I trained at Gleason’s Gym and Starrett City in Brooklyn. Sparring with a who’s who of boxing, world champions and world rated contenders. It enabled me to learn my trade the hard way, and the best way.
I became world rated number four and British champion against all the odds. The next stop had to be Las Vegas, to become a member of the number one boxer in the world, Floyd Mayweather’s promotional company.
Despite that, I’m still always pushing to achieve more.
I’m finishing a successful, but strenuous year with a ten round fight on Friday 12th December in San Antonio, Texas.
The Main Event is my team mate and friend, Ishe Smith against WBA world champion, Erislandy Lara.
Ishe became the first Las Vegas native to win a world title last year. I’m backing him to be a two time world champion on the 12th.
From humble beginnings in London, England to the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas in the United States of America.
Only those who are prepared to risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
Las Vegas’ first ever native world champion, Ishe Smith, challenges WBA world champion, Erislandy Lara, for his world title on Friday 12th December at the Aladome in San Antonio, Texas.
I’ll be making my fifth appearance for Mayweather Promotions on the show.
I’ve had a positive twelve months under Floyd Mayweather’s guidance. Floyd is one of the biggest earners in Las Vegas ever. When it comes to bringing in revenue to the city, he ranks up there with Elvis and Frank Sinatra. No one is currently bigger than Floyd in Las Vegas.
There’s four weeks to go and it is all systems go. One of my coaching team, Jihad Abdul Aziz, flew into Las Vegas from New York City last week to help with my preparations for my 37th victory.
I have to say that the Las Vegas boxing press have been very supportive of me during my time out here. They have noticed my work ethic, which they say instantly stands out even when sitting back and watching the effort that goes on in the Mayweather Boxing Club. I have a very straightforward approach, how can I give anything but my best when I have the world’s number one fighter as an employer? I get to watch and learn from his work first hand. It’s always inspiring and motivating.
The Las Vegas press appear keen to see me back on the big stage and are providing me with great feedback on how ready I’m looking already.
I’m in a weight class that is packed with big names. Good fighters like John Molina, Zab Judah and Humberto Soto stand in the way of my dream match ups with Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson.
I’m one fight away from being on the big stage. I currently have 36 victories. 50 is the target.
As the weeks go by in Las Vegas, the work always gets harder. The necessary feedback is that I’m getting better. I’m a long way from home; Paddington, London where dreams go only as far as the street corner. My dream has taken me to New York City and then onto Las Vegas. I didn’t wait for opportunities, I went after them and made them happen. I’ve seen hard times and good times. This is boxing, this is life. Training camps are expensive, but a necessity to get the best out of your mind and body. You need determination to go with the hard work and dedication to achieve anything in this sport.
Road work, strength work, boxing drills, Pilates, yoga, swimming, mountain runs and then finish off my week with a 90 minute well deserved massage. Of course it’s hard but anyone doing anything out of the normal has to venture into the unknown.
I’ve beaten British, European, World, African and Commonwealth champions. I’ve fought in Germany, Luxembourg, England, St Lucia, Las Vegas and New York. I’ve fought in small halls and I’ve fought on the biggest stages across the world, the MGM Grand and Wembley Arena spring to mind. There’s not much I haven’t experienced in this boxing game. And perhaps most pleasing of all, I’ve become a bit of a role model and I’m told, a bit of an inspiration for many from similar humble origins to myself.
I didn’t let the surroundings of my youth influence my ambition. I’ve always believed in myself and worked hard to find a different outcome. Even when there was no light at the end of the tunnel, I continued to work very hard. Men like Floyd Mayweather, Rene Carayol and Isola Akay have helped me along the way. Three of the greatest men I’ve come into contact with in my 34 years on earth.
Retiring from boxing is a scary thought. When the bright lights are gone and the show is over, the crowds are no longer cheering – many fighters find this very difficult and stumble on drink and drugs. Some of the biggest and most iconic names have hit upon very hard times.
I push myself as close to breaking point as possible, so I will never have the misery of thinking “if only I’d trained harder”. I’m always focused on being the greatest I can be.
When I eventually retire I really hope to continue to be an inspiration to others, but perhaps in a different way. My target is having acquired a positive reputation in the boxing ring, is to continue positive messages from perhaps the stage, in prisons, in schools, at conventions. Maybe helping the next generation, and the current generation to believe that if they want to be a prime minister or a president that they can actually do it.
My cousin messaged me from London today, to let me know it is her 14th birthday on Thursday. I remember where I was when she was born, not in a good place. It was the lowest moment of my life, but I promised myself that I was going to turn my life around and be the best version of Ashley Theophane possible. With each year I’m proud to say that I just keep on trying to move forward and I just look back at how far I’ve come but I still believe I have so much more to give.
Surround yourself with people who want the best for you – as some of those closest to you may not enjoy your success and may well wish you to fail.
We are now well into the home straight of 2014. This year has been a consistent year of sacrifice, hard work and dedication. Which has seen me get my 35th and 36th professional wins in Las Vegas.
I’ve been away from my loved ones for the majority of the year. It is hard, very hard at times. But setting out to achieve your goals is never easy, otherwise everyone would be doing it – instead of finding the time to criticise the people who actually step outside of their comfort zone, and try to make their dreams come true.
Some people laughed at me when I said I was going to Las Vegas to get signed by Floyd Mayweather’s Mayweather Promotions. I earned myself a sparring partner job to help Floyd prepare for his fight against Saul Alvarez. That fight broke all kinds of boxing records. I opened up the PPV telecast with my fight against two time world title challenger and interim WBA champion Pablo Cesar Cano. Which was an entertaining, back and forth fight.
I’ve now got three wins with Mayweather Promotions and will be looking to get my fourth by the end of the year.
Floyd recently went on a European tour which saw him pass through France, Russia, Ibiza, Turkey and my home of London, England.
I’m proud to be part of a set of British boxers currently doing well. From top to bottom level, there are some very good boxers. Some are about to finish up their careers, some are in their prime and some are the next generation of British boxing stars.
There is loads going on in the world of boxing, with British fighters making their presence known and felt.
Boxing is a very tough and unforgiving sport. One week the fans love you and tell you how good you are. The next you are old news, receiving hate mail from the same fans that loved you a week before professing now how terrible you are. The boxing legend that is Carl Froch reiterated this in his autobiography.
You have to have thick skin as a sports person because fans will always tell you just how terrible they think you are. You have to believe in yourself, especially when it feels as though only your team and those people close to you believe in you.
The British scene looks alive and kicking with Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, scheduled to clash on November 29th. I was co-main event to their previous clash, this time British middleweight champion, Billy Joe Saunders will be fighting Chris Eubank Junior who was recently at Mayweather Boxing Club for a few weeks with his father for some lively sparring sessions.
My friend since amateur days, former undisputed cruiserweight and former WBA heavyweight champion, David Haye is looking to make a comeback. I met him out here in Las Vegas recently. I’m looking forward to what is next for him. With Olympic gold medallist, Anthony Joshua, on the rise with nine wins. Two to three years he could be in a mega domestic clash with David Haye, Tyson Fury or Dereck Chisora.
My weight division has recently seen a merry go round since I left the British shores for America.
Experienced professional of 42 fights, Scotland’s Willie Limond, recently captured the British junior welterweight championship from one hit wonder, Curtis Woodhouse. Willie has shown that he is willing to fight anyone with fights against Mexican legend, Erik Morales and two time world champion, Amir Khan.
Derby’s “tough as nails”, Dave Ryan, was successful in his fight against Tyrone Nurse for the Commonwealth title recently. Dave has lost 8 fights out of 24 contests, but anyone who has been in the ring with him had to earn that victory.
Bad decisions are common place in boxing. 4 of my 6 losses have been called controversial or outright robberies. People still come up to me now and tell me that I gave 140lb world number one, Danny Garcia, his first loss back in 2010. It is what it is. It happens, you have to move on, continue to work hard and believe in yourself.
British Olympic Gold medallist, Antony Joshua recently said “Even if I just reach British level, as long as I give it 110% then I am happy”.
That’s all you can do is give your best then what will be will be.
It’s been a long hard road for me. Being signed to Mayweather Promotions is a blessing that I will never take for granted, as I know there are thousands of boxers around the world who would love to trade places with me.
I’m looking forward to 2015. There are some big names in my weight division; Zab Judah, Lamont Peterson, Humberto Soto and John Molina have been in some exciting clashes recently. I’d love to test my skills against them next year.
“You say I dream too big. Well I say you think too small”.
Floyd Mayweather claimed his 47th win against Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
“Mayhem” was a massive event just like all Floyd Mayweather’s fights have become. It’s not just a fight but an event, and a global event at that.
Stars from the world of sports, film, music and fashion fly into Las Vegas just to watch Floyd fight.
Fight week started with fighter arrivals on Tuesday, Floyd had his final press conference on Wednesday. Thursday was the undercard press conference, with fan workouts and autograph signing, and a screening at Bleacher’s madhouse for the fans in the evening. Friday was the weigh in, where Rick Ross took the stage to entertain the 10,000 strong crowd before Floyd and Marcos Maidana took centre stage.
I was seated next to Badou Jack and Ishe Smith, just behind Danny Garcia and Adrien Broner. I was surrounded by world champions and boxing legends. Danny Jacobs, Peter Quillen, Evander Holyfield and Paul Williams, who is now disabled after a motorcycle crash, and boxing legends Erik Morales and Sergio Martinez.
Who would have thought that I’d be rubbing shoulders with these guys who now know me by name, and show me respect. That makes me so proud. “Work so hard that your idols become your rivals” comes to mind.
Rival, the Canadian based boxing equipment provider, had a shop opening in Las Vegas. I headed down there with Badou and former world champion, Lou DeValle. Sugar Ray Leonard, Lennox Lewis, Hasim Rahman, Roy Jones, Jean Pascal, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad all turned up for the opening. Great company once again.
On Saturday morning I went to the Boxing Fan Expo to sign autographs and take photos with the fans. The event was jam packed with boxing legends and champions; Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, Evander Holifield, Roy Jones Junior, to name but a few of them.
At 4:30pm I was at ringside to do a live interview with Steve Illis for BoxNation who are televising the Mayhem card in the UK. I was asked for my views and predictions for the fight – I believed Floyd could get a knockout win. I was also asked what it was like to be signed up by Floyd Mayweather.
I’m a kid from a neglected part of London where crime is sky high, unemployment numbers keep rising and the aspirations of the tenants are gutter high. I’m not supposed to be in Las Vegas. I’m not supposed to be with Floyd Mayweather. My life, my journey has hopefully inspired kids from similar backgrounds to myself to chase their own dreams. Some people criticise me for achieving this. Some people are just never happy regardless of what you achieve.
Successful and important people from sports, media, music, fashion, business and politics have commended me on my journey to date, and that is pleasing. It’s easy to be just a statistic from where I’m from but I have the huge pleasure and privilege of having an employer by the name of Floyd Mayweather.
Mike Tyson inspired me to become a boxer, watching him on TV as a five year old. Roy Jones Junior astonished me with his ‘special effects’ talents as a teenager. Floyd Mayweather showed me that with hard work and dedication anything is possible. Floyd’s motto has gotten me to be where I am in life.
I’m not a champion yet, but no one ever believed I would even be a contender. I appreciate every day that I spend in Las Vegas under the guidance of Floyd. I won’t hear a bad word said about him. This is a man who gets nothing from seeing me do well. He’s told me if I need anything just ask. He gave me my highest grossing fight purse and put me on the biggest PPV boxing show ever. I see day in day out during camp the lives he touches and the people in need he helps. Everyone I know who knows him values him as a person, it’s people who don’t know him that make ill-judged comments regarding him.
You can’t please everyone but everyone who knows him, appreciates him.
Floyd mentioned both Manny Paciquao and Amir Khan in his post fight press conference. Maybe one of them will fight him next May or September.
Mayweather promotions got its second world champion on Floyd’s “Mayhem” card. Mickey Bey beat the number one lightweight champion. Miguel Vasquez held the title for five years and had only lost to Saul Alvarez and Timothy Bradley. That was a great win and I’m proud of Mickey.
I finished fight week with Floyd at his mothers’ house. Celebrities, family and friends attended. Great atmosphere with good people.
Another Floyd Mayweather training camp is over. In 12 months’ time he’ll be having his last fight. He will be missed when he’s gone. There’s never been an athlete to do the numbers or make the amount of money he has.
They criticise you when you’re active but they will miss you when you are gone.
Long Live Floyd Mayweather!
Floyd Mayweather was on very good form this week, sparring between 12 and 15 rounds in a day. He is looking much better than he did for the first fight with Marcos Maidana. He is hitting harder and the unique skills and speed maintain intact. This is a man who has been a professional for 18 years and a champion for 17 of those years.
12am – 6am workouts, really long sessions. Everyone watching Floyd gets tired and is in danger of falling asleep but this man is more than energetic. He works non-stop, pushing himself harder and harder, without limits. I do believe a knock out win is possible this time. Maidana can’t change much of his game plan but Floyd can, and will.
My intense training camp for my fight is now over, so I can for a change sit back, relax and take the time to learn from a modern great. Whilst Floyd is working out he will still find the time to dish out advice to his fighters on what he believes we need to work on to become even better fighters.
His motivational and authentic message to all of us – “I’m with you through the good and the bad times”.
On Saturday we attended the Floyd Mayweather appreciation dinner celebration. We dined outside listening to some of the biggest bands of the 1990s performing live and brilliantly. R & B superstar, Tank, was the host of the event. He did a first class job. I’m pretty sure he could have also been a decent comedian as his side gig if he chose to. Afterwards the celebration continued inside the hotel in Lake Las Vegas.
On Sunday we had a BBQ at a local park, kids had entertainment and The Money Team played baseball against Las Vegas little league team who had just returned from playing in the World Series. It was great fun, with everyone coming together.
Another Floyd Mayweather training camp is coming to an end. One more week to go. He will be missed in the gym, as he won’t be back until next March for his fight in May 2015. The atmosphere is never the same when he isn’t there, but the show must go on, all the fighters continue to work hard to be the best they can be.
Next week will see the city of Las Vegas come alive. The fighter arrivals, press conference, fan workout and autograph signing, the weigh in, fight night – all followed by celebration parties around the city.
This is the fifth Floyd Mayweather camp I’ve had the privilege and pleasure to witness first hand, and the third as a member of Mayweather Promotions.
I’m still as impressed, inspired and motivated as I was when I first witnessed him workout back in 2012, when he was preparing for his fight with Miguel Cotto.
“Tough Times Don’t Last. Tough People Do.”
I turned professional back in the autumn of 2002, but I didn’t make my professional debut until the following summer of 2003. I had to wait 8 long months for the opportunity. The four big promoters in the UK at the time were not interested in taking a chance on me; Mick Hennessey, Frank Warren, Frank Maloney and Barry Hearn all passed on me.
Years later it would make me feel good when it was pointed out to me that I had surpassed all the British fighters in my weight category that they had signed.
Serendipity would strike again when they would all offer me a promotional deal after I had climbed the world ladder, getting ranked fourth in the world and becoming British champion.
Determination, hard work and dedication got me signed by Mayweather Promotions. Whatever I go on to achieve, it will mean that much more to me as I know I did it against the odds.
Floyd Mayweather, the number one boxer in the world and the world’s richest sportsman gave me the platform I’ve dreamt about my whole life. As a 7 year old kid I watched Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas, now I rub shoulders with the fighters I looked up to then. Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson are two of my favourite fighters – they are now associates of mine.
43 fights, 36 victories, 6 losses and 1 draw. By the end of next year it is possible that I’ll have 40 victories. That is a landmark I am chasing as much as the big pay checks and world title fights. In life you have to have goals that keep you focused and hungry.
The third richest person in the world, Warren Buffet, worth a staggering $56 billion and John Landis, producer of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ were in the gym this week to watch Floyd work out. Every training camp that Floyd has, a who’s who of business, sport and entertainment walk through the doors of the Mayweather Boxing Club.
You always have to remember who believed in you when no one else did. Everyone believes in you or wants to be your friend when you’re “The Man”. The people who are there for you and believe in you when you have nothing are the people to truly cherish.
What someone regards as success and achievements is different for all of us. You have your personal goals that you are pushing for. You know what you are capable of or what you feel you can achieve. It’s can be a very negative world, where people thrive on other people’s sadness and unhappiness. Imagine what people could achieve if they actually helped someone worse off than them? I’ve met people in my life, who helped me when I was expelled from high school, showed me kindness and all they wanted was for me to achieve my potential. Then I’ve met René Carayol who believed I could go from British Champion to the world scene and in the process inspire a generation of forgotten kids, who just like me where and are not supposed to achieve anything in life. Who are just supposed to be statistics on the government’s database?
I told René Carayol, I wanted to be part of The Money Team. I told him I believed I was good enough to get signed by Mayweather Promotions. He gave me the resources to make my dream a reality.
I pushed myself day in and day out to make the grade. 18 months have now passed from that moment and I’ve now been signed to Floyd Mayweather’s promotional outfit for 13 months. I feel blessed and humbled to be a part of Floyd’s team.
I still remember what my goals where as a 22 year old professional fighter. I’ve now achieved it! Now the dream has become bigger. There is no limit on what I can achieve.
Being around men like Floyd Mayweather, Leonard Ellerbe and René Carayol has made me see that. They all believe in me and have helped me push myself to greater heights. I will continue to push myself into unknown and uncomfortable environments. That is where your greatness can be found.
Everything I achieve is a reflection of the hard work my mum instilled in me. She gave birth to Ashley Treasure on August 30th and
Winning on my birthday. The 36th time as a professional is very gratifying indeed.
Every day away from home is one day closer to my goal.
Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me on my journey.
Palms Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday 30th August 2014 is the date of my next fight, which I assure you will be my 36th victory of a career spanning 11 years and 43 professional fights. I’m closing in on my 40th win, but more importantly, a world title shot.
I will turn a young 34 years of age on fight night. It’s been a long and hard journey during my professional career. It certainly hasn’t gotten easier, I’ve just gotten better and more experienced.
As Dmitriy Salita told me on Sunday, “You will be world champion.” Olympic Bronze medallist, Nate Jones, had said the same thing to me the day before.
Floyd Mayweather has been a professional for 18 years, so my 11 years in comparison leaves me with many more glorious years ahead of me. Floyd is 37, Bernard Hopkins is 49 and Juan Manuel Marquez is 41, these three fighters are kings, legends and elder statesmen of boxing.
I have fought some of the best fighters of my era from across the world; world champion DeMarcus Corley, Commonwealth champion Craig Docherty, world champion Danny Garcia, two time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez, British champion Lenny Daws, European champion Jason Cook and two time world title challenger Pablo Cesar Cano. That’s an impressive line-up of quality fighters that have all achieved at different levels.
Floyd has been stepping up his own training and putting in some truly amazing work. Watching this man train so excruciatingly hard, makes me push myself harder and harder. There can be no excuse when you see the best fighter in the world pushing himself to be the best he can be.
Fight week is here, just the last few pounds to drop. Everything is on target. I’ve kept up the intense sparring sessions, I’ve passed my target running miles, strength conditioning has been up to point as always, with weekly massages to refresh and revitalise my body where 100% effort is needed. I’m all set and ready to go out there and get win 36. Nothing will get in my way of making that a reality. Las Vegas has become my home away from home.
Dave Brown, my UK trainer from All Stars Boxing Club in London arrived on Sunday, he will help Nate Jones with my final week of preparations. My NYC trainer from Gleason’s Gym, Harry Keitt, will arrive on Thursday to finalise my team. With both these men I’ve achieved a fair and decent amount; IBF world number 4, British and IBO international champion. I’ve fought around the world including Germany, Luxembourg, St Lucia, England and America with my team.
There’s only so much one man can do, but Floyd Mayweather, Leonard Ellerbe and René Carayol have made it possible for me to have the most comfortable camp possible in the harshest of conditions.
My coaching staff all have a job to do and it gets done to the professional standard we are accustomed to. Together we are the ‘A’ Team. Team Treasure has come far but the next level is the super fights, the world championship and of course, the big names.
Every fighter has their own team in the Mayweather Boxing Club and it’s nice that other fighter’s teams tell me that I’m the hardest working fighter in the gym (minus Floyd of course). I’m not the most skilled or the strongest, but I’ve come all the way from London, England bringing my determination and will to win. I’ve come here to work and give my all. I’ve got the best mentor in the fight game, Floyd Mayweather.
The gym is stacked (and blessed) with experience at the highest level of our sport. Former world champions in Cornelius Boza Edwards, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Roger Mayweather and Lou DeValle. We have a great and world class team of coaches and fighters. Everyone working flat out and hard but still finding the time to support one another.
Even though we are all on our own personal journeys, we all wish each other the best – and mean it.
Protect yourself at all times!
“Treasure the love you receive above all, it will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished” – Og Mandino
Nevada Hall of Fame 2014
Carl Froch is without doubt one of Great Britain’s most accomplished champions. He stated this week that if his proposed fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas falls through, then he will consider retirement as a James DeGale fight in the United Kingdom just doesn’t motivate him or add to his legacy.
Carl has done everything a fighter can do in boxing. He’s been a world champion multiple times, made millions of pounds from the sport and has fought the very best of his era, often having to travel to their backyard. Very few British world champions have fought the level of competition Carl has. I firmly believe he deserves to go out with one last mega fight in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas.
Mayweather Promotions employee, Cornelius ‘Boza’ Edwards, is a former Commonwealth champion who made his debut in London before going on to fight in Italy, Monaco, Zambia, France, New York and Las Vegas. He went on to win the WBC world title and fought boxing greats like, Alexis Arguello, Jose Luis Ramirez, Hector Camacho and Bobby Chacon. He retired with a record of 45 win and 7 loses.
Floyd Mayweather is always praising him as a former world champion and appreciates all the work he does for the team. As I told Boza this week, I’d be more than happy to have a glittering boxing career like his. I believe he is seriously under appreciated by the British boxing scene. He is definitely appreciated by the American boxing scene, he guaranteed excitement every time he ducked through the ropes.
This Saturday he was a guest of honour for the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame evening at the Tropicana hotel in Las Vegas. He was inducted along with boxing greats such as Roberto Duran, Evander Holyfield and Richard Steele.
Floyd won Best Fighter of the Year for the second time in a row. Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Earnie Shavers, Mike McCallum, Kevin Kelley, DeMarcus Corley, Bermain Silvestre, Shawn Porter and Jessie Vargas where all in attendance. Being amongst some of the world’s best fighters and boxing legends just reminds me how far I’ve actually come. I’m a kid from Paddington, London, who had a dream and just worked hard to make it happen.
Floyd introduced ‘Boza’ and said he valued him as a mentor and a man whose opinion he values. I’m privileged to be in the company of both of these legends every day during training camp.
You can never take for granted what you have, as there are people out there in the world who would give anything to be in your shoes. I give my all, all the time, be it in training or fights.
Boxers rarely come from anything but humble beginnings. Why else would you choose one of the hardest sports in the world to make something out of your life?
My college teachers begged me to go to University, but I was of the view that I didn’t need a degree for what I wanted to be in life. I had an idea and a dream of what I wanted to accomplish in my head, and I set out determined to achieve it. Has it been easy? No! Has it been worthwhile? I’d say yes. I’d do everything exactly the same again, because every set back served a purpose and it lead me to where I am now. Signed by the number one team in the world – Mayweather Promotions.
I’m about to have my third fight in less than twelve months in the fight capital of the world. Mayweather Promotions have given me the unique opportunity that many fighters dream of. I’ve recently had two British Olympic Gold medallists ask about how they could work with Mayweather Promotions.
A fighter at Mayweather Boxing Club was joking this week that all of the fighters signed by Floyd will one day be reminiscing with their grandchildren about the ‘good old days’ with Floyd Mayweather.
I’m currently privileged to watch greatness close up day in day out. One day I will reflect back and remember these halcyon days in Las Vegas, just as Muhammad Ali’s team reminisce about the unforgettable times they spent with him.
You cannot go back in time and correct your mistakes, but you can work hard to learn from them and make a better future.
There is three weeks to go until I collect my thirty sixth victory and move a step closer to being on the big stage again.
On occasion I’m reminded that I’m a former British, IBO International and world number four. Some remember that I’ve fought in America, St Lucia, Germany, Luxembourg and England. And the records show that I’ve had great fights with the likes of Danny Garcia, DeMarcus Corley, Delvin Rodriguez and Pablo Cesar Cano.
I’m currently signed to Mayweather Promotions with glorious days ahead of me.