Mike Mollo vs. Artur Szpilka on ESPN Friday Night Fights on February 1st. He talks exclusively to Joe Gaiter about his past, tonight’s fight and his motivation to keep fighting.
Joe Gaiter:What is your view on life?
Mike Mollo: My view on life is God first, love and hold tight to your family and whatever you do, do it to the fullest.
Joe Gaiter:Where did you grow up and how was your childhood?
Mike Mollo: I grew up in Oak Lawn, not far from the city of Chicago. I had a good childhood. I was taught the ways of life early
Joe Gaiter: When did you first start boxing?
Mike Mollo: My family always loved boxing, my uncle John qualified for the 72 Olympics but broke his leg. My grampa was champ of the navy and so was his dad so it was in the blood. My dad taught me how to fight at a early age.
Joe Gaiter: What is your motivation as a fighter?
Mike Mollo: My kids are my motivation for sure, fighting for a better life for all of us!
Joe Gaiter:What are your strengths and weaknesses in the ring?
Mike Mollo: My strength I believe is my coach-ability and my drive, I don’t ever think about weaknesses.
Joe Gaiter: On February 1 you fight Artur Szpilka on ESPN. How will you handle the spotlight of millions of people watching you?
Mike Mollo: Through I think its a great fight and a great opportunity for me. I am going to make the most out of it that’s for sure . I’m going to fight and whatever happens out there, happens.
Joe Gaiter: What do you want your legacy to be as a boxer?
Mike Mollo: I want my legacy to be known ad a man who always fought hard, to the last bell and never ducked anyone, I am a warrior through and through.
Joe Gaiter: Do you have any regrets?
Mike Mollo: My only regret is that I didn’t stay an amateur longer. I feel if I did, I wouldn’t even have a loss on my record , but I learned on the job and that is why I believe I have 3 losses.
Joe Gaiter: What advice do you have for young men and women who want to enter into boxing. What are some things to watch out for.
Mike Mollo: Before turning pro, I would recommend that they must have some type of amateur credentials, that way they will be treated properly and be worth more when they turn pro, if you can’t make it in the amateurs to some degree , I would have to say think twice about turning pro, the business is full of sharks ready to rob steal and cheat you out of everything. With that being said, before turning pro, make sure to know your worth as a fighter and trust NO ONE!!! Find the right people, people who truly care about you and have them be your support.
Joe Gaiter: Final Words?
Mike Mollo: My final words are simple, I am ready to fight! I am going to WIN and I thank Christ for guiding me through training camp and bringing me safely to this fight!