Interview: Heavyweight – Dwayne McRae

McRaeSmImproving his record to 15-3-0 after his impressive win this past Saturday against Grover Young in Washington D.C., Dwayne “Big Ticket” McRae is willing to take on tough fighters.  McRae is a heavyweight from Laurel, Maryland.  He turned pro in 2008.  He grew up super rough and was shot in the knee before his pro debut.  He’s 34 now, but is planning to step up next year to a significant fight.  On a personal level, Dwayne turned it around from the troubled streets to becoming a religious family man.

Dwayne McRae had a very unusual fight in 2013 when he and Dennis Benson got caught in a clinch along the ropes and could not be broken up, sending McRae, Benson, and referee Bill Clancy to the canvas at 0:05 of the first round.  Both fighters were disqualified, resulting in a no-contest.

Let’s meet this heavyweight hopeful:

Q  What made you want to be a boxer?
A  Always been an athlete had to do something with my size after football.

Q  Have you always liked boxing?
A  Not always.

Q  What is your nickname?
A  Big Ticket McRae

Q  Tell us a little about your amateur career?
A  Great experience 12-2 , Golden Gloves twice.

Q  How do you describe your boxing style?
A  Boxer – puncher

Q  What is your best punch?
A  Right hand, left hook.

Q  Did you idolize any fighters growing up?
A  Holyfield, Mike Tyson and Ali.

Q  What motivates you to step into the ring?
A  My family

Q  Who is your trainer?
A  Naheem Muhammad.

Q  Where do you train?
A  I move around.

Q  Favorite part of training?
A  Pad work.

Q  Least favorite part of training?
A  When I’m not training.

Q  What is your greatest strength as a fighter?
A  Strength.

Q  What needs improvement?
A  Being slicker.

Q  What would you like to accomplish in the sport?
A  Have a good name for myself.

Q  What separates you from the other fighters in your weight class?
A  “Big Ticket” McRae is a real guy at all times.

Q  If you didn’t box what would be your career choice?
A  Football then driving trucks.

Q  Favorite fighters right now?
A  Mayweather, Bernard Hopkins, and Paul Williams.

Q  What advice would you give someone wanting to box?
A  Stay in the gym and always stay ready, don’t get ready.

Q  Finish this sentence:  Boxing is…
A  …a one man sport but also a team effort; trust the people who are in your corner because boxing is a cut throat business. Stay focused and know you are a fighter. Be smart and wise.

Q  How can we improve the sport of boxing?
A  Make sure you get a fair share.

Some World Famous Diva Questions:

McRaeBgQ  Favorite color?  Red
Q  Favorite food?  Pizza
Q  Describe yourself in 1 word?  Great
Q  Worst habit?  Playing pool
Q  What scares you?  God
Q Tell us something about you that might surprise people?  I love to do romantic stuff for my lady.
Q  What is the best part of your body?  Chest
Q  If you could have a superpower what would it be?  The Hulk
Q  Favorite music?  R & B
Q  Favorite TV show?  Martin
Q  If you could be an animal what would you be?  Lion
Q  Favorite junk food.  Chocolate cake
Q  The one thing that annoys you the most about people?  Running their mouth.
Q  One thing you couldn’t live without?  Family
Q  Your favorite flavor of ice cream?  Cookies and cream
Q  If your cellphone fell in the toilet what would you do?  Try to dry it out with rice.
Q  Away from boxing what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?  Family time
Q  If you could go one round with any boxer in history who would you choose?  Tyson
Q  Other sports that your into?  Football

Message to your fans:

“Thank you for all the love and support.  It’s been a long journey with my own stuff but I still continue to push as long as God continues to bless me, to get up every morning I will be here and keep God first.”

About the Author

Judi Abate - "Boxing Diva"
Judi Abate, the "Boxing Diva", has been interviewing the fighting community since 2007. Her trademark questions are sassy and unpredictable. She has contributed work to Diamond Boxing, Boxing Rant, and WBAN. Away from the PC she enjoys reading, shopping and painting. Her dream interview is Oscar De La Hoya.

1 Comment on "Interview: Heavyweight – Dwayne McRae"

  1. Great interview – Great guy!

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