"There is nothing that he brings that I haven't seen, but one thing about it is there is a million things that he hasn't saw. He fought some good guys, but none of them are like me. It's a lot of things that he never saw that I am bringing to the table, which is everything; whatever I want to do. He a good fighter though; he got some good power, but that ain't a problem because I don't really get hit too much and I got an iron chin anyway. But I got everything. I'm bringing a mean kit of fireworks to the table," stated undefeated lightweight contender Mickey Bey, who talked about his upcoming July 19 clash with John Molina. Check it out!
PC: Mickey, you are fighting John Molina on July 19th at the Hard Rock in Vegas. Tell us about it.
MB: Shit, ironically, it was just the 4th of July, but it's gonna be a lot of fireworks on the 19th. I'm just excited for it. It's a good fight against a solid opponent, so I'm just looking to put in work and I am looking forward to it.
PC: There were a lot of names being thrown around as possible opponents for you. Did you want to just stay in the gym working on your craft no matter who the opponent ended up being?
MB: Right! My team just told me to stay ready and stay training. I was boxing all kinds of different styles, boxers and sluggers. We train like that anyway. That's one of the things that Floyd taught me. We are able to adapt to anything, so all I gotta do is get myself ready. I don't even think about the opponent, to be honest. I just make sure that I am ready and my tools are sharp; that's all I need.
PC: You were the co-main event. Unfortunately Ishe Smith got injured and had to pull out of his fight, but that put you in the main event slot. Does that change your approach at all or is it just a fight still to you?
MB: Nah, not really, because either way, we were gonna have to get in the ring and I had to do what I had to do anyway. Of course it's even better now, but my focus was the same. I know I gotta handle my business regardless, but it's even better now. It's just a plus and added more motivation.
PC: Molina is a tough dude. He has fought and beaten some good fighters. Is there anything in him that you see that you haven't already seen in a fighter?
MB: Not really because, you know, I had so many fights from the amateurs to now, and sparring. There is nothing that he brings that I haven't seen, but one thing about it is there is a million things that he hasn't saw. He fought some good guys, but none of them are like me. It's a lot of things that he never saw that I am bringing to the table, which is everything; whatever I want to do. He a good fighter though; he got some good power, but that ain't a problem because I don't really get hit too much and I got an iron chin anyway. But I got everything. I'm bringing a mean kit of fireworks to the table.
PC: You have always talked about capturing a title within the year and moving on to bigger and better things. What type of statement are you looking to make in this fight?
MB: It's huge and I'm looking to make a huge statement. He is the guy that's in my way, so at this point, he is the roadblock and that's how I'm looking at it. He's the hump I gotta get over. That's what I'm looking at.
PC: Will this be the final time we see you this year or are you looking to fight again later on?
MB: Oh, nah! First thing's first, but it's gonna be a huge announcement after this. But right now, John Molina is that roadblock, but there will be a huge announcement after I take care of business.
PC: I gotta ask you about the Mayweather/Alvarez bout. How do you see this thing playing out and do you think Floyd is too skilled and experienced for Canelo?
MB: Floyd can fight. when Floyd spar, it's just like me; we sparring guys sometimes who are up to light heavyweight, middleweight, and super middleweight, and he handles them easier than the smaller guys because he is so much faster and they can't hit him, so I'm looking for him to dominate Canelo. I feel bad for Canelo's fans that night because I don't even think the fight is going to be competitive after about 3 rounds. I think it's going to be a shutout. He too smart for Canelo. I like Canelo and I think he is a good fighter and he has a promising future, but Floyd is too much; too smart and too fast. Floyd will be fighting him at his natural weight, but he gonna be so much faster that it's gonna show that he is lightyears ahead of him.
PC: Your brother, Cortez, is returning on your undercard. How has he been doing?
MB: He is good. That's another thing that's gonna shock people is how much of animal he is. People might have known that from the amateurs and stuff, but sometimes the pros can be rocky business-wise. Of course Floyd and Leonard and them, we all like family and they putting him on and tightening up his career. So it's all good now.
PC: What can the fans out there expect from you on the 19th?
MB: They can expect to see everything possible to see in the ring. This is one you don't want to miss. You definitely want to come if you are here in Vegas. You should come see it live if you can, but if not, just make sure you tune into Showtime.
PC: Great to see you on that big stage now. We will talk again leading up to the big fight. Is there anything else you want to add?
MB: I just want to thank all of my supporters, and Floyd, Leonard Ellerbe, and Dejuan Blake; that's my team that makes sure everything is good and they have been doing a great job moving my career. Tune in on July 19th live on Showtime.