paul_mackenzie_boxerBy Charlie Clark

Paul “P-Mac” MacKenzie (7-0, 5 KO), currently the sixth ranked Canadian Heavyweight, and the fighting pride of Edmonton, Alberta, sat down with Brooklynfights’ newest contributor, Charlie Clark, for a pro boxing interview before MacKenzie’s June 12 fight. “P-Mac” won by way of a third round knockout. Could a matchup with Donovan “Razor” Ruddock, Canada’s third ranked heavyweight, be on the horizon?

“My biggest inspiration is my Father. He has been to every class, every game, and every training session since I started sports.”

When did you know you wanted to be a fighter?

After getting my black belt in Taekwondo, I went and took Kung Fu at The Canadian Ging Wu Kung Fu Association for 2 years. Classes were cut back to twice a week, and I wanted to do more. I ran into World Champ Scotty “Bulldog” Olson, and he wrote a letter to Larry Fleming of Cougar Boxing. I went there at 12 years old and fell in love with boxing.

How long has boxing been your main discipline?

I started training boxing when I was almost 13 years old, and I am now 23.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is my Father. He has been to every class, every game, and every training session since I started sports. He has not missed very many that’s for sure.  He keeps me humbled by telling me the truth, and not bull-shitting me.

What team do you currently train with?

I currently train with my head coach, Sterling Craig. Also in my corner are Bingham Goodwin and Milan Lubovac. I train at Panther Gym, The Fire Martial Arts, and I also do some sessions at River Valley Health. I truly appreciate all of them.

What weight do you fight at?

I fight in the heavyweight division right now, and looking to get back down to cruiserweight.

What do you think seperates you from other fighters In your division?

I’m not sure what separates me from other fighters in my division, the only thing I can think of is that they are a lot bigger men and I do not belong in this division. I have respect for all of them. I hope to earn the same respect back from them.

If you could have one dream fight who would it be against?

My dream fight would have to be against James “Lights Out” Toney. I think that fight would be awesome. I believe I have a similar style. I love the slick-boxing style that he can also use heavy hands when need be.

What is your mindset going in to a fight?

My mindset going into this one or any other one is pretty chill and laid back. I don’t put any extra pressure on myself I feel pretty relaxed.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the sport so far?

My biggest accomplishments so far were my pro debut and winning Boxer of the Year in Edmonton when I was an Amateur. But there are lots of accomplishments I cherish.

What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career ?

I would love to be remembered as a boxer that fought entertaining fights and that I promoted the great sport of boxing while I did it.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Where do I see myself in the next 5 years? I never look that far ahead. I always take it one fight at a time. I mean I would be honored to wear a Canadian Championship one day, but there is lots of work to be done. We will see what the future holds.

How would you describe your fighting style?

My style would be a slick boxer-puncher, I like to fight like that. I love the movement of Muhammad Ali, James Toney and Pernell Whitaker.

Who is your favorite fighter?

My favorite boxers of all time would have to be the a couple of guys before my time. They were also my Dad’s favorites and we watched all the “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker fights.

What gets you hyped up for a fight, and do you have any pre-fight rituals that get you ready to go to battle?

The fight itself hypes me. The only real rituals I have are my post weigh-in dinner at Sorrentino’s in Little Italy, and my headphones on in the dressing room on fight night.

Is there anyone you want to thank or give a shout out to?

I want to give a shout out to my friends and fans, and to my sponsors for their continued support. Also, to my coaches and training partners for all they do for me. To Panther Gym, Fire Martial Arts and River Valley Health. I have a few sponsors that help me each fight, but I am still looking for the full time sponsor to help me out monthly, that would be greatly appreciated.

Brooklynfights.com contributor, Charlie Clark, is a former pro MMA fighter covering all things combat sports. He operates the Facebook page, The Fighting Monkey’s MMA Madness. Check it out and give him a like if you dig it.