No One Lasts All Day With Joey Alday
By William Trillo
Tonight at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles Joey Alday Jr.
will be stepping into the ring to put his undefeated record
of 7-0 on the line against Nam Phan. With all Alday’s
victories coming via KO it would be a wise decision to get
to ringside early and not blink if you want to catch a
glimpse of the young KO specialist.
Pound4Pound had a chance to speak to Alday about his young
career. Check out what the fighter from Odessa, Texas had to
say about his upcoming fight and his plans for the rest of
Pound4Pound: Let’s jump right to your upcoming bout, what do
you plan on seeing from your opponent tonight? And more
importantly, what can fans expect to see from you?
Joey Alday: I don’t know too much about this opponent so we
will just go in there and touch him up and see how he does
once I hit him and then take it from there. You have to
adapt to every fight and even if you have tape on your
opponent that doesn’t mean he is going to fight his next
bout the same way. So for me I just like to go in there and
see where I can open him up, then once I do I crack someone
let’s see how they do with power.
P4P: You have an impressive 100% KO ratio. What is the
longest anyone has been able to last in there with you?
JA: The longest anyone has lasted with me is 6 rounds. But
that was kind of on purpose. In the first round I dropped
him with a hook and then my Dad told me let’s go all six, so
that’s what I did. I stayed outside jabbing. This was a guy
who had 17 fights and never been dropped before. He knew how
to survive in there. All 6 rounds went by and in the last
round and he was gaining confidence a bit and was opening up
when he threw his right hand. So I caught him with a left
hook and it was pretty much over for him after that.
P4P: And what about you quickest KO?
JA: My shortest fight came in my Las Vegas debut. I believe
that fight was stopped at the 1:35 mark of round number one.
I caught this guy in the corner and hit him with a left hook
to the temple…he was out cold…asleep.
P4P: You have some 250 amateur bouts under your belt. Can
you tell us the importance of a good and long amateur
career? When did you start boxing?
JA: I started boxing at the age of 9. My Dad has always been
my trainer. As an amateur I had 225 wins and 23 losses. That
amateur career makes all the difference in the world, that’s
where you get your experience. In the amateurs you can take
a loss and learn from it. You do not have quite that luxury
as a pro. I fought every other weekend so I was able to
learn so much. I got to fight in international bouts as
well…I saw everything in the ring. I think the amateur
program is really overlooked these days and it shouldn’t be.
This is where you get valuable experience; you can make a
mistake and lose but learn from it and become better for it.
In the pros you have no room for losses.
P4P: What can fans expect to see from you the rest of the
JA: I want to keep busy this year so hopefully if everything
goes well and I get the win I will have another 3 or 4
fights to close out the year with a lot of activity.
Alday is a fighter boxing fans will want to get a look at
now. The impressive start to his pro career has keen eyes
checking him out as a budding superstar in the chock full
middleweight division. But remember, get there early, with
Alday the show is more likely to end sooner rather than
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