"It was a blessing they hit me up on July 24th, which was a full month and a day to train and let me know I had a fight coming up at the casino on August 25th. They explained to me what they were all about. I already knew what they were all about and they explained to me what the contract was gonna be like and they explained to me what they were looking for out of me and what I could expect out of them, and we gonna get this party started. I got a full 4-week training camp and it's on for me to make my pro debut," stated Tony Mack, who talked about his recent signing with Prize Fight Promotions ahead of his pro debut on August 25th. Check out what else he had to say!
PC: Congratulations on your Prize Fight Promotions signing. How does it feel to have a promotional home now?
TM: Man, it feels good, man. It's kind of scary going independent because you don't know what that would lead to, but now that I have somebody backing me up, it gives me something to look forward to. It feels great.
PC: What made Prize Fight Promotions the place for you?
TM: They were the promoters when I did the World Series of Boxing, so they have seen me fight and I got to know Brian Young real good, and his brothers, and they was real cool people and down to earth people. Then, at the same time, they loved the way I fight. They always said I had more of a pro style than an amateur style. They felt that I would do great in the pros, so they went ahead and took a chance on me, which is one of the best chances they could take because I feel I will be a better pro fighter than amateur. So they wanna help my pro career out, man, and they really like me personally.
PC: When you see some of the guys they have worked with, Lamont and Anthony Peterson and Shawn Porter, along with Fernando Guerrero, does that make you that much more secure that you made the right decision?
TM: Yeah, because I was looking at Anthony and Lamont Peterson and I just found out that Brian Young promoted Anthony and Lamont. I forgot all about that, so that really got me excited, and I know Shawn Porter from the amateurs and stuff like that and I see what Prize Fight did for him. And not only that, they promoted that Lennox Lewis/Mike Tyson fight, so that makes me more excited because I know I got some good people behind me that can really push me.
PC: They also keep their guys very busy and that has to be something that you look forward to.
TM: That's real important to me. Staying active is real important because the more experience I get, the better I will be. It's a killer just waiting and waiting for a fight. It kills your self-esteem and sometimes you lose focus. You can focus more when you have something to look forward to; you look forward to the fight and you train harder. When you know you have time, it messes with your mind like, I have time to do this and I have time to do that. By them keeping me busy, I will stay in better shape, be hungrier, and study the game 10 times more than I do when I'm not fighting. So it's just something that can only help. Me fighting 4 or 5 times a year is only gonna keep me busy, keep me sparring, and eating right. It's gonna be a blast, man. It's a good feeling.
PC: August 25th will be your pro debut under the Prize Fight banner. How do you feel?
TM: I feel great, man, because I was training before I even found out I was having a pro debut because in my heart, I knew something was gonna pop up real quick. Before they called me, I was about to do it independent. I was like, "You know what? Nobody hit me up yet, so I'm gonna have to take this chance and trust my coaches and manager and have them pick me the right opponents and we was just gonna go at that bad boy and just make something happen." But it was a blessing they hit me up on July 24th, which was a full month and a day to train and let me know I had a fight coming up at the casino on August 25th. They explained to me what they were all about. I already knew what they were all about and they explained to me what the contract was gonna be like and they explained to me what they were looking for out of me and what I could expect out of them, and we gonna get this party started. I got a full 4-week training camp and it's on for me to make my pro debut.
PC: You are based out of the south, and so is Prize Fight. Is that a helpful part to this puzzle as well?
TM: I think the reason they did it is because I'm in Dallas and I can always take a quick flight to Memphis or a quick drive to Memphis, and I think that was a big reason why.
PC: Keep training hard. Congratulations again on the signing and your upcoming fight. Is there anything you want to say in closing?
TM: I just want to thank Prize Fight Promotions, my coach Paul Vasquez, and Derrick James, my manager Nathan Pipitone, who always helps me out with everything I need preparing for a fight, and my conditioning coaches Jerome Givens and Billy Brent. My team Fight 2 Live Boxing Club, they always push me when I'm dead tired. They always take me to that next level, so I wanna thank them, man. And I appreciate you for taking them time out to interview me and giving me the chance to get some stuff out, man.