Quinton Randall, The Likable Underdog Who Hopes 2022 Is His Year
Quinton Randall is a loner by nature. So the “Alpha Wolf” nickname bestowed to him is fitting, as wolves are known to survive alone with very little support from others.
That is a perfect introduction to Randall, who trains at a small gym with his coach Derek Collinsworth, not asking much of anybody else, but a shot at a famous fighter before the year is over.
“I want to go in there and upset one of these fighters signed to a major promoter,” said Randall in a nearly hour-long interview I conduct with him last week. “I have let go of the idea of one of these big promoters signing me, and now I just want to beat their fighters, and who knows maybe they will get behind me for beating their fighter.”
Randall, who is now 31-years-old, was a brilliant amateur boxer, and as he told me fought 36 times as an amateur in one year, a fry-cry from what he saw last year was a mere once. Randall has learned since turning pro in 2019, that being good is only half of the battle, as marketing, opportunities, and activity are not as simple as filling out a form, and paying a sum of money like what he’d do in the amateurs.
To counteract that, Randall is now working with NextFightUp Promotions which is a brainchild of Forris Washington, and having his longtime coach, Derek Collinsworth, take care of any business duties.
“I want to fight six times this year,” said Randall who understands time is so vital to his career as he recently entered his 30’s last year. “I want to fight Paul Kroll, Brian Ceballo, or Blair Cobbs this year, but I want to face all three of them in the pros.”
Randall is no stranger to a hard road or tragedy. He even said it himself in the interview multiple times that nothing has been given to him, yet, despite that as it is detailed in this great article. Randall served time in prison, and had to endure the pain of losing not just one, but two of his children.
“Nothing was given to me, man,” said Randall. “I look to Bernard Hopkins, but at the same time, even he had it better than me because at least they had boxing in prison when he was there. In Texas, they don’t have that. So even he had it better than me. I have had to work for everything I got.”
Randall fights this against Julian Smith, another undefeated fighter, in fact, this is Randall’s fourth undefeated fighter he has faced in his nine pro fights. Smith from neighboring Country Club Hills, Ill, will be the local as the bout taking place at the Ford Community Center, Dearborn, Michigan will see Randle hit the road to stay active.
Originally, Randall was set to face Kashon Hutchinson, as the two engaged in a real rivalry, but the feud boiled over into social media, and by fight week the fight had dissolved and Randall was looking for a new opponent.
“He is a [expletive] to me,” said Randall about his original opponent.
Hutchinson had got on social media and made comments about Randall’s personal life and tragedy that deeply angered Randall.
Randall is now in his prime and is more than likely the best fighter in the country, not signed to a major promoter, and it is largely based around ageism, and people are very cautious in signing a fighter over the age of 25-years-old, sadly in the sport of boxing.
Randall fights this Saturday, info below.
Tickets for “Detroit Brawl” start at $35 (service fees will apply). Order tickets online or call or visit the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Box Office (313.943.2354) at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn during Box Office hours: Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 4 pm and 5 pm to 8:30 pm on the day of the event.