Michael Dallas - Ready To Shine
By Barbara Pinnella
Saturday night is an exciting one for boxing fans, as Winky Wright and Paul Williams will meet at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many are looking forward to this match-up, and are expecting it to be a good one. But for one fighter, being on the undercard of this event is special in its own right.
Young Michael Dallas (6-0-1, 1 KO), the 22-year-old from Bakersfield, California will step up into the big leagues. Under the umbrella of Goossen Tutor Promotions, managed by Jackie Kallen and Prentiss Byrd, and trained by his father, Michael Dallas Sr., Michael will fight on the undercard of the Wright/ Williams brawl. His opponent will be a hometown man, Terrance Jett, (4-12-2, 4 KOs), 33. The fight will be a Light Welterweight contest.
I met and spoke with Michael at the press conference for Wright/Williams several weeks ago. At that time he did not even know who his opponent would be, only that he did have a fight. But that did not do anything to squelch his enthusiasm. “I’m on the card right now,” he told me, “but the opponent is to be announced. I’m very excited to be fighting on such a major card; you’ve got two champions, and hopefully I can shine on that day.”
Dallas’ last fight was against Anthony Martinez, and he easily won by unanimous decision. “I went through some different training. I did some personal training and built my conditioning up. In that last fight I threw a lot of punches and I felt great afterwards. That was a little different. I felt stronger and my stamina was a lot better.”
That fight Dallas had with Martinez was four rounds. “I was ready for more,” he told me. “The fight that is scheduled in Las Vegas is six rounds.”
This will be the second fight that has been six rounds. In fact, his one draw came in that only six-rounder. All of the other contests have been four, with three unanimous decisions and one knockout.
With that single knockout in his seven fight pro career, Michael is not known as much for his punching power as he is his speed. But he would like to change that. “As an amateur I was a speed puncher, but I’ve been working hard and starting to use my body right.”
That amateur career encompassed 144 fights. “My first amateur fight was when I was eight years old,” he said, chuckling. “I started boxing at five, but my first amateur fight wasn’t until I was eight. I grew up in it. My dad was a fighter, and also my grandfather. I’ve played other sports, but always came back to boxing.”
His future plans are simple. “Every fight is more and more exciting. Basically take it one step at a time.”
Michael Dallas is on his way up the professional ladder. With his talent and his good connections he should go far. I want to thank him for giving me some of his time, and wish him good luck on Saturday!
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,