Rising light heavyweight prospect Trevor McCumby has quietly gone about serving his boxing apprenticeship, so far going an impressive 13-0 with 10 stoppages. While he's still in the infancy of his career, it's the way he's taken care of business so far that has impressed.
McCumby kicks off his 2014 campaign at Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., when he meets Chris Eppley on the off-TV portion of a Unimas card promoted by Top Rank.
"I’m really excited for this fight, I want to show my talents, I want to showcase my power, speed," McCumby told RingTV.com. "I want to show people that I’m going to be one to look out for.”
His manager Cameron Dunkin, who has handled in excess of 30 world champions including the likes of Diego Corrales, Kelly Pavlik, Timothy Bradley and Nonito Donaire, purrs at the mere mention of his young charge.
"Oh Trevor is a phenom, he’s been terrific so far, he’s still just a baby but every time I see him he gets better, he has a real shot at being a top top guy in this sport," Dunkin said.
McCumby lives in Glendale, Arizona but was born and raised in Chicago. He started boxing at age seven.
“My brother and I started really young, my dad got me into boxing when I was seven, we actually lied about my age saying I was eight and got me my first amateur fight," he said.
"At that fight I was only 18, I really didn’t know what was going on, I had just got out of the amateur’s and didn’t know what to expect." McCumby reflected. "Doug Fischer [who did commentary for the television broadcast] was [in the dressing room] and he was asking me these questions and I didn’t understand everything, it was so different for me. The number one thing about my pro debut was the whole atmosphere, it was crazy, it was a cool experience but I learned a lot from reporters and media, it was a big learning experience for me.”
“Boxing is a science, there’s a formula for making a guy get to the top and there’s an equation for doing it. I’m so proud to be with my team, with Cameron Dunkin, with Top Rank.” said McCumby.
At times McCumby has had spells of inactivity in his pro career, however it's not something that unduly bothers him.
“In a way I think Cameron has done a really good job that way, he knows that I’m young and have time to mature," McCumby said. "I think that’s one thing I need to do is mature when it’s time to fight. In the gym I do things, I’m such a good boxer, I need to transition into the ring, be able to use my jab more, box more, that’s something I have the ability to do, I’m very athletic, in a way I need to transition into that, get it going and then everything will fall into place. I’ve been working on that in sparring."
McCumby trains with brothers Alan and Wayne Viers in Arizona though often joins up with Robert Garcia in Oxnard two weeks prior to a fight.
Since turning pro the now 21-year-old has raised more than a few eyebrows with his impressive speed and skills.