Brooklynfights.com caught up with middleweight prospect Ian “Young General” Green (3-0) in the run-up to his next fight, taking place this Saturday, 4/18 at Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island, where he will square off against Marlon Farr (4-8). Green, who has won all three of his professional bouts by early-round TKO, is also scheduled to fight at Madison Square Garden in June.
You had a big fight on April 28th against Jess Noriega, in Virginia. It was your third pro fight, and your third consecutive TKO. You took him down with an impressive power punch. Tell us about that fight from your perspective.
It was a tough fight. He was a tough guy. He was taking all of my shots. I had to keep going to the body and be a real good puncher to get him out of there. He didn’t plan on getting knocked out at all. He was taking everything I gave him. It was a tough fight, but I worked hard and I got him.
Tell us the story of your relationship with your father and what he and your uncle meant for your development as a person and a fighter.
Me and my Dad’s relationship was really close. We had a great bond. He always motivated me and told me to keep working hard and always believe in myself. As far as my uncle, he taught me how to box. I still talk to him daily and hopefully one day I can get him out of Jamaica and bring him back to America.
How did you get started in boxing?
My uncle–basically he was babysitting me. I would go to the gym with him. I wasn’t boxing. I was just running around the gym all the time and messing up the gym. And the owner said, “Hey, he’s either going to have start boxing, doing something with himself, or he can’t come here.” So that’s when I started boxing, and I fell in love with it…I was about 9 or 10 years old.
How long did you spend in the amateurs, and what were the key lessons you learned there?
My amateur career, when I first started boxing, I wasn’t really active. I was always in the gym, but not really active when it came to fighting. So at first it was kinda slow. I was in the gym all the time, but I was never fighting. But once I got older, and then once my uncle got deported. I hooked up with Dwyke Flemmings–we’ve been together for four years. That’s when I became more active when it came to fighting–he got me into more fights. Before I was lazy, you know, but as I started to get older, I learned you have to put in the work to actually win these big fights.
When did boxing become serious for you?
When I got my ass kicked really bad for the first time. This was in 2010 when I was 17, and it was like you’re either going to have to train really hard and do this, or let your talents go to waste. What’s the most challenging moment you’ve faced in boxing? When my Dad got deported back to Jamaica and I was out on my own, it was either be a man, or be a kid. And I had to grow up and actually be man and start to work hard. That was the biggest challenge, once I realized I had no one left that would help. Both my uncle and my Dad got deported. My uncle got deported first and after it was my Dad. But once my Dad left, it was like damn…shit, now what? Do I keep boxing, do I go to school? I don’t know. But I feel like that experience made me the man I am today.
If you had to pick one word to describe your mindset the day of a big fight, what would it be?
What active pro boxers do you respect most and why?
I respect Andre Ward, Floyd Mayweather. That’s about it. Those are my two favorite fighters. Why? Because of their dedication to the sport. Their determination. Even though they’ve got all the talent in the world, they still work hard. Even when they’re not in fights and they’re taking time off, they’re still in shape, they stay in shape. Even though they’re really rich, they’re still hungry. Even though they’re on the top, they train like they’re on the bottom.
Mayweather or Pacquiao?
I really think the fight is overhyped. I feel like a lot of people don’t know boxing. I honestly think it’s going to be a boring fight. In the first couple rounds it’s going to be good, but I feel like Mayweather is just going to adjust, outbox him and pick him apart. But that’s just my opinion.