Q & A with Atlantic City’s rising Bantamweight KO Artist Qa’id Muhammad fighting April 18 at Newark’s Robert Treat Hotel-First Round Promotions
By Lou McLaughlin: Last night I was given the opportunity to interview via telephone Qa’id (Kid Dynamite) Muhammad. Qa’id from Atlantic City who is a bantamweight whose record is 6-0 (5 KO). He is managed by Vito Mielnicki and Abdur Rahim Muhammad. This April 18th he is scheduled for his first 6 rounder in facing Steven Johnson 7 -4 (KO 4) at the Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, New Jersey promoted by Gabe Laconte and Greg Cohen’s First Round Promotions.
Article posted on 14.04.2012
Q- In your six pro fights of four rounds you’ve only gone the full four only once your last fight with Jose Riveria. You came close to 4 rounds in your debut stopping Mario Gaxiola at 2:59 of the fourth. Your April 18 against Steven Johnson is scheduled for 6. Any thoughts on going onto 6 rounders as you haven’t really been past 3? How do you expect it to?
A-I don’t know anything about the dude. But I’m going in there to box. I want to get the experience. But if I see an opening or a mistake I’m going to counter and capitalize and hopefully get him out of there early and make it an early night
Q- Were the stoppages your intention or was it that opportunities just presented themselves during these fights and you saw them and took advantage of them?
A-It’s both. For my first fight I had just trained on getting experience in there and boxing and in the last second he rushed in and I threw a punch and it caught him it wasn’t intentional. Then in I believe my fourth or my fifth fight I went down in the first and that just angered me then I wanted to take him out, I wanted to take him out, I wanted to hurt him. Those two knockdowns in those fights were intentional
Q—what is your strongest point you think –boxing ability or your power?
A-I’ve always felt it is my power because of my stoppages and I’m always aggressive. But I’m seeing it’s really the speed. I’m like a power boxer. With the speed comes the power. And I come in shape like a professional athletes so I think that also comes into the game when I get in the ring
Q- Any comments you have on beginning your career on such a KO streak? Will you be disappointed if this fight against Johnson and others that follow go the distance?
A- I won’t be disappointed because my record will be 7-with 5 KO’s. That’s only 2 fights with out a knockout. But if it keeps going on and I don’t get any knockouts then I’ll be disappointed. But as of now, I’m not looking for it (KO) but if it happens it’ll make my record look better.
Q- Interestingly, you also been down also knocked down in the first by Julio Valadez only to get up and stop him in 2:18 of the third and another 1st round knockdown of you by Alfredo Berto however again you stopped him 2:52 of the third. What went through you mind finding yourself on the canvas? Do you recognize what you did wrong and what steps in training have you taken to avoid future such occurrences.
A-Since I’m little I never really learned some things. I never thought I’d go far as an amateur not that I didn’t think I was skillful I always had that professional mind, I always wanted to be a professional. So I was wanting to be in there and box. I started to go in there especially after coming off a few knockouts. I was showing off not taking the game seriously enough. Like protecting myself at all times not thinking that one punch can take you down. Once I started to realize that the game is more serious then just going out there and throwing punches and impressing the crowd. Sometimes you can’t really think about the crowd you have to think about yourself
Q-What fighters have influenced you? Anyone that you especially look up?
A-Marvin Hagler, Terry Norris, and Floyd Mayweather
Q-Though early in your career. I’m sure at this time your biggest aspiration is a world championship. What are you striving for?
A-I’m striving to be the champion of the world and to conquer the weight class that I’m in now. And then after that I’d want to move up and conquer the next. Hopefully as a little buy in the boxing game and hopefully hit the Hall of Fame and be remembered a not just be a name that was just around in this time
Q-Open mike-anything you want to say to the fans and public?
A- For those who come to support me I want to thank you, and to my Father and my team mates and everybody that has helped me out I just want to thank them. And to those who have come to see me fight before keep coming.
Wednesday April 18, 2012 at the Robert Treat Hotel. The 8 round Main Event will feature Paterson’s middleweight Richard Pierson against Joshua Snyder of Maryland. In the 6 round semi main event middleweight John Thompson will be fighting Jamond Bourgeois of Louisiana. There are six other bouts scheduled on the card.
Robert Treat Hotel
50 Park Place
Newark, NJ 07102
General Admission $ 50, VIP $ 100, Front Row $ 200
Doors open 5:30 P.M. Fights start 7:00 PM
Tickets available at www.FirstRound Promotions.org CALL 1-888-612-4191
206 Bloomfield Ave
Newark, NJ 07104
Elite Heat Boxing Gym
130 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Newark, N.J. 07104
Final Round Boxing
156 Algonquin Pkwy
Whippany, NJ 07981
previous article: Jhonson-Hernandez; Jack-Brand; Barthelemy-Martinez on May 11th
next article: Weight A Minute! Brandon Rios Will Fight Above The 135-Pound Limit Again - Tips-In At 137 For Abril Fight Tonight