It is hard to believe that undefeated San Diego featherweight Prince “Tiger” Smalls has only been seriously boxing for five years. Despite his father and now trainer Priest Smalls, a member of the California state boxing hall of fame, enjoying a fourteen year and thirty-five bout career, Smalls who fights in his first six rounder of his career against Tijuana tough guy Jose Iñiguez, didn’t seriously lace up the gloves until he was a teenager.
“When I decided this is what I want to do I was around sixteen years of age, I started training and I started fighting when I was seventeen,” Smalls said some weeks ago after his media day workout. “I wasn’t living with my dad when he was active, when he finished boxing and retired I moved back to California and started getting back into the gym and got serious.”
While his dad battled it out in the ring, Smalls lived in six different states with his aunt but finally made it back to California to join his father and embark on his boxing journey. A road the elder Smalls wasn’t all that enthusiastic in going down. “I didn’t want him in the game; he decided all this on his own. I didn’t want him to be a fighter. To this day I don’t want him to be a fighter. It’s stressful being a fighter seeing your son in there and you knowing what can happen. It’s kind of stressful but he chose to do this so I have to support him.”
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