Everyone who comes into Smitty’s Midwest Boxing Gym on East Commercial has a goal.
Everything from Olympic champion to living a healthier lifestyle For 18-year-old Randy Mast, he just wanted a place to go.
“I’ve had my family in the streets, and they’ve had my loyalty. But coming in here, it’s a different type of loyalty – it’s a different type of family.”
Randy wanted to release his inner-anger and gain anything for his life
“Randy is one of my tough cases,” coach Darrell “Coach Smitty” Smith said. “The kid dropped out of high school and wasn’t doing much; wasn’t working.”
But before Randy could train, Smitty made him enroll for his G.E.D. at O.T.C. With that in hand, Randy rumbled through 16 amateur fights.
“Got him to get his head back together,” Smitty said, “have some profession and not roam the streets.”
“He’s worked hard and now he’s on the biggest fight card of the year.”
This weekend, at AT&T Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys play, Randy is on the under card for the Errol Spence and Mikey Garcia Pay-Per-View. Spence is the IBF Welterweight champion at 24-0. Garcia is 39-0.
“This is the fight that will make me or break me as a fighter,” Mast said.
Coach Smitty says he wished this came along six months from now to give Randy, who’s a perfect 1-0 by decision as a pro, more time to prepare.
“Every now again,” Smitty says, “a kid will get a shot like this on an under card – but they come far and few between.”
“Yeah, I was nervous at first,” Mast said. “But going in, getting closer, I’m in my zone. I want to step into the ring. I like to fight.”
The Super Middleweight will face a boxer making his pro debut and wants nothing more than to make his family in his gym proud.
“Get in, get out, come back home with that “W,” Mast said.
“Humbled and blessed,” Smitty says about the bout.
One hour of the under card for Spence-Garcia’s Pay-Per-View is on Fox Sports One, Saturday night at seven. Depending on how quick the opening bouts go will decide if Mast ends up on Fox Sports One or on Pay-Per-View.