Quinton Randall relishes his role of underdog as he takes on Brian Norman, Jr.
Quinton Randall has talked the talk thus far in young career, especially this past week.
He will have another opportunity to prove why he is one to watch in the welterweight division.
Randall will face Brian Norman, Jr. tonight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 10-round bout will headline the preliminary portion of the Top Rank card that will stream live on ESPN+ (5:40 p.m. ET/ 2:40 p.m. PT).
The main event of the Top Rank on ESPN telecast (10:30 p.m. ET/ 7:30 p.m. PT) will be the clash between lightweight Shakur Stevenson and Edwin De Los Santos.
The Norman-Randall fight is a compelling clash between unbeaten welterweights. Both fighters have been jawing at one another during media events throughout the week, including Tuesday’s press conference.
Randall (13-0-1, 3 knockouts), who resides in the Houston, Texas suburb of Katy, last fought on July 15, defeating Willie Jones by unanimous decision. In his previous fight on June 17, Randall stopped once-beaten Terry Chatwood in the sixth round.
After the win over Jones, the 33-year-old decided to train in Las Vegas, sparring some of the best fighters in the world that set up camp or reside in the area.
“I camped here (Las Vegas) for just that reason,” Randall told The Ring late Monday afternoon.
Co-manager Derek Collinsworth believes the amount of sparring and preparation for the Norman fight may shock the boxing world, but would not surprise them, knowing what they have always been capable of.
“I don’t believe Norman is good enough,” Collinsworth told The Ring. “He’s an athlete. Sometimes athleticism gets a guy there, but rarely ever against a skilled pugilist (like Randall). We’ve trained like he’s (the) 1981 (version of) Roberto Duran, he’s not. But we’re professionals. (This) will be (a) one-sided, tremendous win.”
The 33-year-old is the underdog going into the fight.
Randall is very confident in himself and his capabilities. Over the last couple of years, he has served as a sparring partner and trained alongside former linear welterweight titleholder Errol Spence. The amount of time sparring Spence has improved his skill-set in the ring.
“Being the underdog is exciting,” said Randall, who fought and beat unbeaten prospect Jan Carlos Rivera on a Top Rank card in October 2020. “I wanted to spar the best, so I could be the best.”
The 22-year-old Norman has accumulated a 24-0 record, with 19 KOs. He has fought modest opposition, including his last fight on May 13, a unanimous decision win over hard-hitting Jesus Campos.
An impressive win over Norman will go a long way for Randall. This year saw him grow as a fighter, but he believes 2024 will be a breakthrough year for him.
“(Tonight will be) a statement win,” said Randall, who has also fought in Mexico and Colombia. “(A win tonight) will let the fans catch up to what writers already know – I’m elite at 147 pounds.”
Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He can be reached at [email protected]