MOVIN ON UP! Interview of Khiary Gray
[Worcester, Massachusetts] Super welterweight Khiary Gray (13-0, 10 KOs) of Worcester, Massachusetts have kept his perfect record while fighting his way up the rankings. His next scheduled bout will be held on Friday, July 22, 2016 against Ismael “Tito” Garcia (10-0-0, 4 Kos) at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut. Gray currently holds the Universal Boxing Federation (UBF) International super welterweight title and the UBF North East super welterweight title. And the question is .... will his bout be on Showtime? Read below. Pattee Mak: You are definitely moving on up in the pro boxing division. And I’m thinking if it was up to you, you’d be fighting all the time. You have an upcoming bout against Garcia. Your opponents seem to be getting tougher and tougher as your perfect record stays intact. Would you say he’ll be your toughest opponent to date?
Gray: Yes I do say he is my toughest opponent this far. Just cause he is undefeated. We both undefeated so that says something. Pattee Mak: What do you know about Garcia as a fighter? Gray: Truthfully I don't know much about him besides he a taller fighter and has a long reach but when fight day comes I'll be ready.
Pattee Mak: Garcia also has a perfect record. You know he’s not going to be taking this bout lightly since his perfect record is also on the line. Does that at all phase you?
Gray: It does not phase me at all. It's something I been wanting and this fight right here is just another step in the right path to where I want to be in this boxing world.
Pattee Mak: There’s only about a 2 inch height difference between you and Garcia. I’m sure your trainers are having you spar with the right opponents in preparation of this match up. Who have you been sparring with to get you ready for this fight? Gray: Yes he has a height advantage and I do have good sparring with two undefeated fighters from my gym, Andy Gonzales and Kendrick "Peppa" Ball Jr. Pattee Mak: How many rounds is your bout scheduled for and weight?
Gray: This will be an 8 round fight and the weight is 154.
Pattee Mak: One word. Showtime! Will your bout be shown on TV? Gray: Yes my fight is on Showtime and I will be the first televised fight that night.
Pattee Mak: Whoot! Whoot! I’m soooo happy for you. This is what you and your team have been preparing for all your boxing career and it’ll be here sooner than later.
Pattee Mak: This will be the first time that a major TV outlet will be showing your talent on TV. How does this make you feel?
Gray: Yes it makes me feel great cause all my hard work is now going to be shown to the all the boxing fans worldwide. I'm excited. Pattee Mak: Your last fight during round 2 you landed a beautiful left hand and the bout was stopped. I still haven’t seen the replay. So if someone has it on tape I’d luv to see it. A lot of people were saying that you were going to have a tuff fight with Quinton Willis. Looking back now, how would you rate your opponent? Gray: I would rate my opponent Quiton a B+ just because he came to fight. I knew he would come and fight but he got what 9 other opponents got and that was an early night.
Pattee Mak: Since that last fight against Willis, has your trainer, Kendrick Ball made any changes in your style of fighting or any tweets to your training? Gray: We are always changing our style. We always adding something new to our style so fighting me will be difficult.
Pattee Mak: I like that. There are so many fighters that fight the same way time after time.
Pattee Mak: I have to admit I look forward to the happy dance that goes on in the ring after you win by KO or TKO between you and your team. To me if shows the tight bond that each and every one of you have. Is this correct?
Gray: Yes me and my team been through a lot. I been with them since I was 17 and we only had success. I'll NEVER leave my trainer Kendrick and Sean Fitzgerald.
Pattee Mak: Thank you sooo much for the interview. I look forward to seeing you on the 22nd of July at Foxwoods. Never a dull moment when you are in the ring. Gray: YOU WELCOME.
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