Atlanta welterweight prospect Ray Barlow looking to move to 3-0
Undefeated welterweight prospect Ray Barlow, 2-0, looks to move to a perfect 3-0, when he steps into the ring on November 4, in the latest installment of the “Underground Showdown” at the Buckhead Fight Club in Barlow’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
After a good amateur career that saw him competing in the Golden Gloves, the Olympic qualifiers and other national tournaments, throughout his 70-fight unpaid run, the 25-year-old Barlow decided to turn pro last July.
Understandably excited to return to the ring, next month, Barlow took a minute to chat with UCNLive.com, from his training base in Atlanta.
“Oh yeah; I am looking forward to getting in the ring on the 4th and I’d love to fight once before the year is out,” said the friendly, well-spoken Barlow. “I’m training and in great shape and am looking forward to getting in there. I’ll be fighting in this fight (against Ousmane Sylla, 1-2-1 with 1 KO) at 144 but the plan is to work my way down to 140. There is so much about boxing that I love, the training, both the mental and physical aspect of it all.”
While Barlow first started to box under trainer and former welterweight title challenger Johnny Gant (who fought Sugar Ray Leonard in 1979), he is now making the trek to Stone Mountain, Georgia, to work with former lightweight title challenger Zahir Raheem and is very excited to be learning from the “King.”
“He has me as focused as I can be,” said Barlow. “He is helping me so much. He has me thinking, relaxing, pacing myself. He just has me so focused. I’m learning so many little tricks from him, how to make adjustments at the drop of a dime and how to outthink my opponent. It’s just a blessing to be around him and learning all the time.”
While it is early days yet as his career unfolds, it is clear that Barlow wants to fight often and learn all the time.
“I really want to stay busy heading into 2018,” said Barlow. “I’m very excited to be fighting on the upcoming Buckhead series show, my second show with them. I want to be busy all the time, stay focused all the time and definitely be a fighter on the rise.”
And as for his upcoming bout on November 4?
“Oh, I’m definitely going for the knockout,” said Barlow, “and I’m going to get it.”