By Jose Reyes
Little Rock, Arkansas lightweight prospect “The One” Rashad Ganaway (10-1-1, 7 KOs) will face unbeaten lightweight prospect Mickey Bey (12-0, 7 KOs) in a scheduled 8 round bout on the Golden Boy Promotion: Juan Diaz vs Paul Malignagi undercard Saturday, August 22nd at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Ganaway has been on a steady climb on the win column after turning pro late in January 2008. Despite Rashad’s impressive amateur record (Rashad amassed a record of 280-23) and multiple trips to national tournaments, his amateur career wasn’t laced with awards and national titles, which is why Rashad intends to make up for it as a pro. What makes Rashad more than a blip on the radar in boxing in the thick lightweight division is his lightning quick speed and explosive firepower. Read on to get to know more about this up and coming lightweight prospect who will be taking on his toughest assignment to date when he faces Mickey Bey.
How was your training camp for your upcoming fight?
It went real well. I had great sparring with Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, Dominic Salcido (17-1), David Torres (21-1) and Hylon Williams (10-0). All of which have real good records, they have been pushing me hard and making work. It has given me such confidence.
What is it like to work with a world champion like Juan Diaz?
First of all, it’s a blessing to be down here and working with all the guys I just mentioned. Especially Juan, who is a world class person and not just as a fighter. He has made me real comfortable. There will be good days and there would be bad days, meaning your body is sore and exhausted but you got to keep pushing and work hard. Since I have been down here (Houston) it pushed me to another level and it taught me to work hard and do my best in everything I do.
This fight coming up is a big fight for you. You are facing an unbeaten opponent in Mickey Bey (12-0). What do you know about him?
I know Mickey from the amateurs coming up. We would see and talk to each other in the amateurs but we never fought each other because we were in different weight classes. I fought at 132 and he fought at 125. He likes to throw the left hook; that is his main shot. I know he works of the jab and I have seen him throw his punches, he is very smart and slick. You know, we are coming in very prepared physically and mentally ready.
Now a fight like this, the majority of the prospects like yourself are protected. They never get put in this early in this kind of a dangerous fight. What is the difference? Why are you not the norm in this situation when it comes to the matchmaking?
One thing is that God gave me the talent. I understand why people get protected. There is only one thing you can do. You will either win or loose. Being protected won’t help you, I mean it’s alright, but in the long run it will only hurt you. I believe in myself, in my skills and the knowledge of the sport. I will take on anybody in the world. I have been sparring with one of the best fighters in the world in Juan Diaz. I will show everyone that night that I am ready for the next level.
What can we expect from you come fight night?
Everyone has been saying this will be the best match up on this card. It will probably be the best fight. There will be a lot of explosive shots, I will put on a good show and everyone is going to know that Rashad Ganaway is here.
Does this mean it’s going to be an early night?
We will sure find out come fight night. Let’s just hope he comes in hard to fight as I am prepared to do so. I am going to show the fans in attendance that I am here ready to shine, and I will be the one to watch out for. I am glad to be given this opportunity and believe me, I will seize it.