Q & A With Ronald Ellis
By William Trillo
Tonight undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis will take
on fellow undefeated Junior Younan in a fight that headlines
a ShoBox: The New Generation quadruple-header live on
SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan,
Iowa. Ellis (14-0-1, 10 KOs), of Lynn, Mass., and Brooklyn's
Younan (13-0, 9 KOs) will clash in the 10-round main event
that has the vacant USBA Super Middleweight Title on the
Pound4Pound spoke to Ellis recently about the main event
fight that should vault the victor into the spotlight and
put him in the thick of the 168 pound picture.
Pound4Pound: Ronald I am hearing you are hot and ready to
get into the ring. Tell us about that.
Ronald Ellis: Itís been so long since I fought, but itís
down to the finish line now. Iíve been grinding hard. I have
been off for thirteen months but you know itís time and I
canít wait to get in there and show my talent.
P4P: Looks like your foe Younan has been doing some real
trash talking on Social Media. What is your take on that?
RE: This guy talks more than he fights. But I hope he comes
into the ring with that same attitude. Iím young and
undefeated. He is young and undefeated. So you know this is
going to be a real fight. We are both going to go at it and
itís going to be fireworks from the jump. If he is ready
itís going to be a great fight and if not I am going to cut
his night off short. I always trying to please the fans and
they know I always go out there and give it my best. For me
itís always 100% or donít do it at all.
P4P: There is nothing wrong with being the main event on
Shobox with a vacant title up for grabs. What do you think
about this opportunity?
RE: This is my first step to the big time. Itís one step at
a time. This title shot and this night on Shobox is a big
thing for me. The card is stacked and they gave me this Main
Event spot so I feel I gotta put everything I got on the
table. Everything I have been through, even the setbacks
have set me up for this. Everything happens for a reason.
Iíve been hurt and out for 13 months because I had surgery.
But now I am 100% and itís Go Time. There is no looking back
now, itís just Bite The Bullet Time now, and I am going to
go for it.
P4P: I know fighters never want to look past their next
opponent. But itís a new year and I am sure you have a
blueprint for 2018. With the victory what direction do you
plan on taking?
RE: The sky is the limit now and every champion is on my
list. With a victory I am right there in the mix with any of
these guys. We all need to step up and wake up this 168
pound division. Since Andre Ward left itís went down a
little, so now itís time for guys like me to pick the Super
Middleweight division back up. I want to fight at least 4
times this year. Nowadays that sounds outrageous these days
but itís early in February and we got 10 months after this,
so I need to get on the ball now. I like that old school
style when guys had Sixty or Seventy fights, thatís how I
wanna be. I want all my fans to watch because I donít like
to talk about what I am going to do, I want them to see for
themselves what I am going to bring to the table. I can tell
them thisÖget ready for a great show.
Pound4Pound would like to send out Get Well wishes to Ellis'
publicist Rachel Charles as she recovers from a recent
surgery. Get well girl, we need to see you back in the ring.