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March 02, 2017

By G. Leon

MP4 debuts next month

GL: You come from a long of Money. Tell us all about it. I'm Money-Powell IV, originally, the first Money got his name from his father. His father was a farmer and his father named all of his children after how much money he made selling crops. One child was named Greenaway, another one was named ledger, money was another. There was a total of 15 kids, but anyway, he had a son Money and Money was like the only kid who didn't like doing work on the farm. From what I was told, Money was like man I can make money some other way because farming is not for me. He left the farm and that big off into gambling and he made a lot of money from gambling, so that's why he decided to name my grandfather Money. My grandfather had a brother named Silver, sadly his brother died when they both about six and he was going to name my dad Silver, but he decided to name my dad after him to keep the legacy going, my dad had me and the rest is history. Hopefully one day I'll have an MP5."

GL: When did you first fall in love with the sport of boxing?

Money Powell IV: "I really started boxing when I was in like the second grade. My dad would slap-box with me in the house, but what really sold me was when I saw Roy Jones Jr fighting against Glenn Kelley and he did that move where he put his hands behind his back. That's when I said, dad I want to do this. He told me he wasn't taking it serious because I was so young and he was in the military so we moved a lot, which would have made it hard to find a gym to keep going to. I had to get into other sports because we spent a lot of time in Germany because that's where I was born. I was playing soccer and football and he thought I was going to be a track runner because I was doing a mile in like five minutes back. When we got back to the United States in 2011 I came to a gym out here in Columbus, Georgia and that's where I started. Stuff didn't really work out there so I changed gyms and came to a gym in Alabama that was literally like ten minutes down the road and the special thing about the gym there is that's where I met the coach responsible for turning me into the fighter that I am today. My coach is a paraplegic so when most people see him they're like, how can he be your coach, but you can't let that fool you because my coach knows so much and he taught me so much in not enough that long of a span of time. I've been with my coach for four years now."

GL: The gym is the Game Bred Boxing club, correct?

MP4: Yes. The Game Bred Boxing Club, I came there on April 25, 2013 and the rest is history. Coach Jay has been a blessing and we're still working hard to this day."

GL: What's your coaches name?

MP4: "Jason Jones."

GL: I assume you're the first Money born overseas.

MP4: (laughs) "Yes I am."

GL: Other than Roy Jones Jr, who are some of your favorite boxers to watch?

MP4: "I really like watching Thomas Hearns, I like watching Gennady Golovkin, Sugar Ray Leonard, my dad showed me a lot of the older fights so I watch those a lot. Aaron Pryor, Larry Holmes, but Roy Jones Jr is my favorite."

GL: How would you describe your style to somebody that hasn't seen you fight?

MP4: "I'm a boxer-puncher. I really set stuff up a lot of times with my boxing ability, it's aggressive boxing but I'm still boxing. I'm not just coming in there like a brawler, it's aggressive boxing. If I'm boxing a guy that's really strong I can turn it into a boxing match and slow the pace down. I can turn it into a boring fight to break a guy down, but what I mainly do is aggressivle boxing or pure boxing to make sure I can capitalize on the mistakes my opponent makes."

GL: What made you decide to sign with Ringstar Sports?

MP4: "It's really because of who Richard Schaefer is. I know the type of accolades he has, I knew that this type of opportunity was something I could not pass up on. I know that with a powerhouse like Richard Schaefer behind me, it's going to help mold me into the fight I need to become. He's going to get me the fights that I need to get to where I want to go. He's going to have me more than ready to fight for the title when that time comes. When I first met the people at Ringstar they were so kind, it was like I knew them for years and they made me feel like family. I really like it, they're genuine people, they're not just business people. They look out for you as an individual, not just because you're signed with them, they build a relationship with you and that's what I really like. I didn't want to just sign with somebody who only wanted to deal with me when it was fight time and that's it. If I"m working with you I want to be able to build a relationship because boxing is my job."

GL: You're an 19 year old pup. At what pace would you like to see yourself moved?

MP4: "I know I'm still really young, I'm going to come along steady, I'm not going to be rushed, but if I had it my way, I would like to be fighting for a title in about four years or so. I'm really young and there's no need to rush because I'm going to have a long career, in four or five years I'll been more than ready."

GL: When can we expect you to make your pro debut?

MP4: "Sometime in April. Probably early April."

GL: At what weight do you plan on campaigning, 147 or 154?

MP4: "154. We were thinking about 147, but it doesn't make sense because I get older I'm only going to continue to grow, so there's no need to try and kill myself to make 147."

GL: What's your favorite movie?

MP4: "My favorite movie would probably be Napoleon Dynamite. (laughs) It literally makes no sense and that's what I love about it. It's just the basic life of this nerdy dude and it's really funny. It makes no sense I don't understand what the movie is supposed to be about, but I love it."

GL: What about music? Who are you listening to? Who are some of your favorite artists?

MP4: "It's crazy and people make fun of me, and even though I listen to hip-hop most of the time, How to save a life by The Fray is my favorite song. But hip-hop is my favorite type of music, it's what I listen to when I'm training."

GL: What's your favorite TV show?

MP4: "The office. I got sad when I finished all those episodes."

GL: You got check out Game Of Thrones, it's off the charts.

MP4: "I'm going to have to start watching that, people have been telling me about it."

GL: Is there anything you'd like to say in closing?

MP4: "Thank you for the interview Mr. G."

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