MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A pro boxer bred right here in Macon is just days away from representing the city in his second professional match.
Rashad Shahid says boxing in the pros has changed his life and now he’s using his pro status to help kids in Macon make it too.
“It’s not a whole lot of people who make it in sports in Macon. They always get in trouble. You gotta stick with it and don’t let peer pressure get to (you). Fight like it’s your last time fighting, and just think about who you’re doing it for and why you’re doing it,” Shahid said.
Weighing in at 154 pounds and standing at 5’10”, the gloves are on for local pro fighter Rashad Shahid.
“I stayed dedicated to boxing and I was winning tournaments and everything. I liked it because I used to always fight, so I used it in a good way,” he said.
“Not to say that all bad kids become boxers, but they come to the gym and they find out that their ability to want to hit something is positive,” his trainer Earnest Butts added.
Now the 20 year-old East Macon native is just a few days away from fighting in his next competition at the Shriner Temple in Macon.
“I want my whole city out there to come support me Saturday,” Shahid said.
“Skillfully he’s a great puncher and just overall he’s a great kid outside the ring,” said Butts.
Both he and Butts are confident he’ll take home the title.
“We’ve been at it for a good six weeks and they’re going to tell on Saturday,” Butts said.
“I run, hit the bag, do mitt work, I spar,” Shahid said of his training regimen.
But when he’s not in the ring preparing for fights, he’s helping the next generation of ‘Mohamed Ali’s’ learn the ropes.
“Little kids, they look up to me. (They) are the future–this generation is the future,” he said.
He wants to show them what can happen with a little guidance if they choose to stay the course too.
“Macon-Bibb gym–it’s a big opportunity for kids who wanna box to come in here. With my expertise and training and pushing them they could become a great fighter out of the southeast,” said Butts.
The match is scheduled for this Saturday, October 21st at the Al Sihah Shrine Temple in Macon. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the fight starts at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $45 for seating.