Though he only has nine knockouts in his 18 wins, the chief sparring partners for lightweight prospect Mickey Bey both agree in their assessment that Bey will stop John Molina on Friday in their ShoBox main event.
British welterweight contender Ashley Theophane and welterweight prospect Chase Corbin gave Bey most of his work in preparation for this fight, a ten-round bout that will be Bey’s toughest test by far.
“John’s been at a higher level and fought for the title, but Mickey is the one coming up,” said Theophane to RingTV on Wednesday when asked about the fight.
“I think Mickey is gonna stop him. I expect him to outclass him and I don’t think it is going the distance.”
Theophane has been training at the Mayweather Boxing Club on-and-off for a few years, flying back to the UK intermittently. He hasn’t had a fight in 2013, though he says there have been offers.
“I’ve been offered a couple ESPN fights, as well as a couple fights back home, but I’m waiting on something bigger,” said Theophane.
“I beat Delvin Rodriguez and he’s got a fight coming with Miguel Cotto. A lot of people think I beat Danny Garcia and he’s got Lucas Matthysse coming up, so I am hopeful my turn is coming, and until then, I’ll be ready in the gym.”
Corbin came to Las Vegas about four years ago to train with Jeff Mayweather, and says Bey was his welcoming party in the gym after moving from Philadelphia.
“Mickey is actually the first guy I ever sparred when I got here,” said Corbin, a 7-0 prospect with a fight against Francisco Rios Gil in Pomona, Calif., on July 27.
“Mickey is a pure boxer that makes you pay for your mistakes. Being that he fights at a smaller weight than me and some of the shots he has hit me with, I think there’s a 95 percent chance John is getting stopped.”
Corbin is an interesting character to speak to. He’s very open about a crazy past life. At 27 years old, he’s a bit up there in age to be just 7-0, but there is reason for that.
“I’ve been incarcerated for most of my prime years,” shared Corbin. “I just came out of jail in March and I’m more relaxed and focused on the sport.”
His perspective on boxing is an interesting one, given his past life.
“When you’ve been through some of the things I’ve been through, boxing is easy. When you’re facing potentially 25-to-life, a 30-minute fight is nothing.”
Bey’s opponent on Friday has only been knocked out once, when last September Antonio DeMarco stopped Molina in the first round of their championship fight.
It was Molina’s first appearance on the big stage, and after he was hurt, he froze and took a bunch of flush shots until referee Jack Reiss had no choice but to stop it. Outside of that loss, Molina has shown a pretty good chin, which would make a stoppage win for Bey a calling card for big fights in the future.
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Mark E. Ortega is a contributing writer to RingTV.com and has been featured in boxing publications RING Magazine and Boxing Monthly. He is a member of the Boxing Writers Assoc. of America and can be reached via e-mail or followed on Twitter.