It’s been a big week in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather officially started his training camp for his blockbuster fight with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand on Saturday 2nd May.
My own training camp started for my 45th fight on Thursday 30th April. My coach Nate Jones was back in Sin City to oversee preparations; sparring, pad work and road runs have seen me very content with how we are starting camp.
I’ve had four straight wins since my split decision loss to former interim WBA champion, Pablo Cesar Cano, on the highest grossing fight in the history of boxing, Floyd Mayweather v Saul Alvarez. Now my team want me back against the elite names.
Saturday morning saw the guys and girls hit Mount Charleston for a lung sapping run. It was painful on the legs and suffocating on the lungs.
Friday and Saturday evening saw me at ringside for the fights at the MGM Grand. I was rubbing shoulders with the likes of Denzel Washington, Laila Ali, Deontay Wilder and Zab Judah through some entertaining fights on ESPN and NBC. Boxing is in a good place in America right now.
All work and no play makes Ashley a dull boy. So I attended Zumanti at the New York Hotel and Casino this week. Sitting front row to take in the breath taking performances, I was asked on stage to join in with the cast in a dance sequence. It was a fun night in Vegas. These are sometimes necessary to take my mind off the high expectations that sit on my shoulders.
It all started with a dream. A dream made reality through sacrifice and hard work, taking chances and stepping into the unknown. You don’t know what will happen, but you have to believe, even when you cannot see the finishing line. You need that positive and optimistic mind-set.
I’ve made sure that I surrounded myself with a positive team of associates and friends. Take a critical look around at your inner circle, ensure they are like-minded people like you.
I’m thankful for all those in my life who push me and help me to be the best I can be.
I’m watching history happen right now. I’m part of a legendary training camp. I’m surrounded by goal orientated people, pushing and focused on success.
I’ve come a very long way. I’m from Paddington, London, now I’m in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’ve got far to go but knowing where I was in 2002 when I applied for my boxing licence in London to be fighting in Las Vegas and being promoted by Floyd Mayweather.
I know dreams can come true. I believe in my dreams and I’m always striving to make them the reality of my life.