David Grayton: NOBODY SAFE
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
May 27, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Washington, D.C.) – “Keep your hands flying” – David Grayton
Currently in today’s boxing scene, the welterweight division appears to be the deepest division with the most talent. As world champions (Keith Thurman, Manny Pacquiao, Kell Brook, Lamont Peterson) sit at the top of the division, former world champions (Shawn Porter, Jessie Vargas, Timothy Bradley, Danny Garcia) are waiting in the wing for another shot at a world title, along with a fighter who many believe to be the future of the division (Errol Spence Jr.).
Working hard towards his opportunity to fight against the top tier of the division is David Grayton (15-1-1, 11 KOs). Known to his family and friends as “Day-Day” or “Juvie the Great”, Grayton, a highly-skilled southpaw from the Washington, D.C. area, is poised to take his career to the next level.
“I had a fight scheduled for April 29 but my opponent pulled out of the fight. Right now I’m training, waiting for that call, waiting for my next opportunity.”
“My division is pretty active. There are a lot of good fighters with a lot of talent. I’m just waiting to get my shot at one of the top fighters in my division. I also want to get a shot at Errol Spence Jr. I’m just waiting for that phone call.”
“He beat me in the nationals in 2009. In 2010 we fought again. I beat every fighter in the tournament that year before I faced him. I beat him to become the national champion.”
Grayton has been around boxing throughout his entire life. His father (David Grayton) is a former fighter who fought in the super featherweight division. The elder Grayton (also a southpaw) finished his career with a record of 17-5 (5 KOs).
Grayton shared his early start with boxing and his reasoning for entering the boxing ring.
“I started boxing because I always wanted to fight. My father used to take me to the gym but my mother would never let me fight. As I got older I took more interest in the sport.”
“I started my career a little late, as a novice. Everyone from my area was known and had a reputation in boxing already. I had to prove myself. Once I proved myself by winning the gold gloves I then went on to win the nationals.”
“I wanted to fight in the Olympics but there was a lot going on so I decided to turn professional in 2012, the same year of the Olympics. I haven’t looked back since.”
Grayton, who won his first fourteen fights in convincing fashion, has only one loss in career, losing by second-round TKO to Bryant Parella (14-1, 13 KOs). Grayton shared his thoughts on the fight and what he learned from suffering an early loss in his career.
“I take nothing away from him,” Grayton said, “He was the better man that night.”
“I wasn’t myself that night. The vibe was just wrong when I got to Canada. I wasn’t mentally ready for that fight. There were a lot of personal things that distracted me from winning that fight that night.”
“I do want my rematch. I asked for the rematch the same night that I lost. I do want to avenge that loss. If it doesn’t happen it will not stop me from moving my career forward.”
Grayton has a “great” future ahead of him. Having Al Haymon as his advisor and George Peterson as his manager and trainer, Grayton is in prime position to become one of the elite boxers in his division.
“I’ve worked with some of the best fighters in boxing from the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia). I’ve worked with super lightweight title contender Anthony Peterson, middleweight title contender Dominic Wade; super lightweight prospect Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed; IBF super welterweight champion Jarret “Swift” Hurd; IBF super featherweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis; my stablemate Immanuel Aleem (WBC silver middleweight champion); and future International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee Paul “The Punisher” Williams (former WBO welterweight, WBO super welterweight – junior middleweight champion).”
“I plan to stay at the welterweight division until I win a championship. Once I win a world title I plan to move up in weight and win a world title at the 154-pound division. After that, I will return back to the 147-pound division win another title.”
The DMV area is rich and full of boxing talent. Grayton is ready to take his position as not only one of the best boxers from this area, but also one of the best fighters in boxing, period.
“I put God first always,” Grayton said, “I love and will always fight for my city (Washington, D.C.).”
“I’m a great person, well respected, with a good heart; but inside the ring I’m a whole different person. I’m a hard worker, a smart bully. I want to take away your will.”
“I love my family and friends. I thank them for their continuous support and having my back. I’m not only fighting for them, I’m fighting to make history.”
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