Quinton Randall didn’t want to be a statistic after being sentenced to prison for three years for burglary, nor did he expect to be viewed as an inspiration and a blueprint for post-prison life.
However, it is a role he happily accepts. After spending years in prison and even losing his son to injuries from a car accident in 2017, Randall has been able to find his calling as a pro boxer. With a career that is off to a solid start (he’s won all seven of his pro bouts), Randall is fighting on a massive platform, competing on the undercard of Triller’s Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren event on April 17.
Once Randall learned that people saw him as a beacon of hope for those who went off on the wrong path in life, he found new motivation and strength to keep pushing forward.
“I never thought I would be an inspiration, especially when I was younger when I was going down the wrong path. I never thought of myself as an inspiration to anybody. Over the years, I’ve heard from people [who see me] as an inspiration and it’s a weird feeling because I never thought it would be like that. I’m honored to be looked at by people as that and a privilege. That’s another reason why I do this. I don’t want to let down anybody. I try to be a symbol of strength to a lot of people going through hardship and have been through some of the things I’ve been through especially with guys coming out of prison. I didn’t [want to] become a statistic and I want to lead by example and be the blueprint. It’s different being [an inspiration]. It keeps me motivated and hungry and strong. I don’t fight for me. I fight for anybody who looks up to me, my family, my friends and everyone who changed my entire legacy of where I was at to where I am now and where I end up,” Randall said.
The 30-year-old Randall loves to fight, that’s for sure. His boxing journey started nearly two years ago, fighting in the streets and falling in love with fighting after being hit in the face during one skirmish and his head hurt.
His mom didn’t want him to learn boxing, even after Randall’s first trip to the gym was a George Foreman gym, and keep fighting in the streets. She believed an education in the sweet science would give him a big head and he’d potentially start picking fights left and right.
Although his amateur career began in his 20s, he immediately found success, winning fights and titles along the way before making his pro debut in 2019. His most recent win, a victory against previously-undefeated fighter Jan Carlos Rivera in Las Vegas this past October in what was viewed as an upset win, drew attention to his career.
It was an interesting experience for Randall, who was shaking off a year’s worth of ring rust in Vegas. It was the longest layoff of any kind of Randall’s career and even though he still pulled off the upset, he promised a sharper version for his next fight.
“It was different because I had never taken a year-long layoff in my life. I never even had a six-month layoff so my body, my timing was off. Everything was off. It felt like I was seeing everything I was seeing. That’s why I wasn’t getting hit as much, but my reaction time was so off because I was inactive. Now that I’m back in the groove of things, training has been going well. My sparring is elite and you’re going to see a whole different version of me come this fight,” Randall said.
Stepping away from Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing’s “Bubble” in Las Vegas last year and into Triller’s latest mega event, Randall sees new opportunities for his career to reach new heights.
Fighting on the free preview show leading into the Triller pay-per-view, Randall will be exposed to a brand new audience, one that is not entirely familiar with the ins and outs of boxing. With fans of Paul, the ever-controversial YouTuber, and hip hop fans looking to see the likes of Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube tuning in, Randall is now more motivated to put on a show and be what viewers will remember at the end of the night. He’s also excited to get a chance to meet the aforementioned hip hop icons as well as Justin Bieber, who is also scheduled to perform.
“It’s going to be a new fanbase for me, with people who aren’t into boxing, but people who like Jake Paul because he’s a YouTuber. They’re going to watch him because he’s on there. I’m getting new fans. I’m getting a new audience so I’m definitely going to put on a show. I need to show the welterweight division that I’m here to stay. I’m looking for tougher fights after this. I’m always looking for better opposition and anything that will boost my career. I don’t want easy opponents. I want to compete and I want to fight,” Randall said.
Going up against 17-fight veteran William Jackson on April 17, Randall wants to be the first person to knock him out in the pro ranks. Knowing that there will be far more casual boxing fans and non-fans tuning in, simply outboxing Jackson is not enough. Randall wants a knockout and to be remembered by everyone after the event’s conclusion, which is why he’s preparing for this fight as if he’s fighting Mike Tyson of all people.
“I’m going to treat him like I’m fighting Mike Tyson,” Randall said. “I’m most definitely coming in like I have to impress and come in with a mindset to be flawless. I’m going for the stoppage. There’s no ifs, ands or buts, I’m going for it. I’m going to set it up the right way. I don’t plan this fight going eight rounds at all and when I stop him, I’m looking to get back into the ring in June or July for another stoppage. I understand that knockouts sell, but with a crowd that doesn’t understand much about boxing and the ones who are there to watch a knockout, I want to be the highlight of the night. They’re going to remember that. They’re not going to remember me boxing, but they will remember me if I knock someone out.”
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