COME AND GET ME

Bey in hunt for pro­moter after re­la­tion­ship with Floyd May­weather breaks down, writes Chris Walker

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THE ca­reer of Mickey Bey is cur­rently stuck in traf­fic. While sit­ting at the wheel last week try­ing to find an open­ing, the for­mer IBF cham­pion took to so­cial me­dia and re­vealed a series of frus­tra­tions that have hurt his ca­reer. In­ac­tive since 2016, Bey’s im­pa­tience con­tin­ued when speak­ing to Box­ing News.

“I need a pro­moter. I need to fight,” said a des­per­ate Bey. “How can you go from be­ing a world cham­pion to sit­ting on your ass for two years not do­ing a thing when the peo­ple look­ing after you are some of the big­gest names in the sport of box­ing? I want to fight, but I’ve been so badly man­aged over these last two years so I’m at the point now where I have to find another di­rec­tion be­cause this is a short ca­reer.”

Bey’s last out­ing, a 12-round re­ver­sal to Rances Barthelemy over 24 months ago, is per­haps the last rec­ol­lec­tion box­ing fans have of the Cleve­land fighter, who rose to promi­nence with his IBF light­weight ti­tle win over Miguel Vazquez in 2014. That vic­tory pro­pelled Bey to a po­si­tion of promi­nence in Floyd May­weather’s Money Team, but the moniker at­tached to the now re­tired star’s pro­mo­tional group is an un­just one, ac­cord­ing to Bey.

“If ev­ery­thing is cool with Floyd then you’re al­right, but when Floyd is silent with you then you know some­thing is up,” Bey con­tin­ued. “If you up­set any­one close to him then you’re frozen out. Ev­ery­one knows that and that’s why peo­ple don’t act up be­cause they are try­ing to hold on to their po­si­tion.

“His dad has pretty much trained me my en­tire ca­reer, but now is the time to go be­cause my ca­reer got to come first and I just want to move on with that.

“I was world cham­pion, have you for­got that? Ain’t no world cham­pion ever slipped the way I have.”

A loss to a fighter of Barthelemy’s stand­ing should not have pre­vented his ca­reer from re­sum­ing. Bey has no doubt about who are to blame.

“Floyd is the ruler. He makes ev­ery de­ci­sion,” Bey said. “Un­der­neath him is peo­ple with false roles but they have Floyd’s ear and if you ain’t cool with them then you ain’t cool with Floyd. One of them has caused so much s**t for my­self when he was man­ag­ing my ca­reer and this has got back to Floyd leav­ing me es­sen­tially black­balled.

“They won’t let me fight, they won’t put me on no shows, my ca­reer was go­ing nowhere. You stay quiet and play along hop­ing it’ll sort it­self out, but two years on and where the f**k am I head­ing.”

Bey has taken the de­ci­sion to be­gin again and cease all deal­ings with May­weather and TMT. His quest to re­turn to the pin­na­cle of the sport he briefly oc­cu­pied is underway, and that in­cludes a search for a new pro­moter.

“Would you mind see­ing Mickey Bey come to the UK?” he asked. “I’ve heard there are some good lightweights out there. I just want to fight. I have to get back in the ring and get back to earn­ing money in the big fights. I’m done with Floyd, I’ll go on record say­ing that, I want my life and ca­reer back.

“When it was good with Floyd I felt on top of the world, but there’s so much bulls**t in­volved in main­tain­ing a healthy kind of re­la­tion­ship with those peo­ple. I heard Ed­die Hearn out here in Amer­ica now. Maybe I can sit down with him and maybe he can take me back to the top with­out any pol­i­tics in­volved.”

‘IF YOU UP­SET ANY­ONE CLOSE TO FLOYD THEN YOU ARE FROZEN OUT’

Photo: © JAYNE KAMIN-ONCEA

LONG TIME AGO: Bey swings at Vazquez to win the IBF ti­tle, way back in 2014

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