The telephone is ringing a bit more and the interview requests — Chicago Tribune, USA Today, anyone? — are increasing. That’s to be expected for Mike Lee, 23, the undefeated light heavyweight boxer who is rapidly making a name for himself as one of the sport’s rising stars.
He is quick to give thanks to his talented team around him, though, which he says does an excellent job of managing the hoopla outside the ring — allowing Mike to do what he does best inside the ring.
“I’m receiving a lot of great positive press,” Mike said from his training site in Houston, Texas. “People are excited about my journey. It’s a blessing.”
The next step on that journey takes place tonight in front of a nationally televised audience in the boxing capital of the world. Mike (4-0, 3 KOs) will be featured on Friday Night Fights on ESPN2 from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s a big fight, to be sure. But Mike sees it as one stop on a much larger trek.
“I’m training for a career, not just a fight,” Mike said, mentioning that he still takes the USANA HealthPak every day and did RESET leading up to tonight’s bout. “You learn something new every fight. My confidence has gone up after every fight. That’s very important and not something you can teach or learn in a gym.”
The support he’s received along the way is also an intangible that is very much appreciated. At his last fight, Mike met with several existing and new members of Team Lee. He gladly signed a few autographs and posed for photos. “I definitely welcome people who come up to me to say hi and get a picture,” he said.
Here are the details about Friday’s fight:
- Who: Mike Lee vs. Gilbert Gastelum
- What: Four-round light heavyweight showdown
- When: Friday, May 6, 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT)
- Where: Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
- TV: ESPN2 Friday Night Fights
- Fun Fact: Mike Lee graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in finance
- Notable: Chris Vaisnoras commented on Facebook that he and others are organizing several USANA-related events leading up to the fight. More than 30 people will be meeting at 4 p.m. Friday and on Saturday there’s a social event planned for noon by the pool. Contact Chris on Facebook for more details.
Not the Only Big Fight…
By the way, the highly anticipated Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley fight is scheduled to take place the following night (Saturday, May 7) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with a world welterweight championship on the line. That one will be available on pay-per-view. Read more about Manny here. Mike, who will be attending the following night’s bout, predicted a Pacquiao victory but thought Mosley would put up a great fight. “There’s no bad guy in this fight,” he said.
Canadian triathlete Melanie McQuaid captured the first ever offroad world title in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships. Melanie writes about the entire event — the 2011 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship — on her blog, and she calls it “the most challenging race week” she has ever experienced.
Not only was she suffering from a bout of the flu, but she also found her bike didn’t make the connecting flight in London for the race in Spain. She was forced to race on a borrowed bike. Wow!
- Check out this in-depth, exclusive interview Bleacher Report’s Taylor Green conducted with Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Andy Studebaker.
- British skeleton racer Adam Pengilly has finished first twice as well as notching a fourth- and fifth-place finish at the Intercontinental Cup. Thanks to Sue Neal for the note and congrats to Adam!
- Congratulations to Mitchell Smith, a boxer in the UK.
- The Utah Grizzlies, who advanced to the second round of the ECHL playoffs, wrapped up a successful season.
- Water ski jumper Ryan Dodd won the Moomba Masters, Men’s Jump, in Melbourne, Australia.
- US Speedskating is unveiling a new look and logo today, with Facebook contests leading up to the big reveal. If you don’t already like the organization on Facebook, you really should do so now.
- Congratulations to San Antonio’s Dr. Larry Czelusta on his recent duathlon — 5K run, 35K bike, 5K run — success in which he earned a national championship in the men’s 65-69 category.
- Keep an eye out for USANA-sponsored windsurfer Nikola Girke, who will be competing throughout the summer. Like her on Facebook.
- WTA athletes are spending much of their time in Europe these days competing at various tournaments. Did you happen to catch our 5 Quick Questions with Liezel Huber last week? Stay tuned…we’ll have more fun stuff from our USANA Brand Ambassadors over the coming weeks and months.
We created a specific Twitter list that includes several USANA Athletes. This is a great place to read about what our athletes are up to between these posts (and much more that won’t fit here). Check it out…
Many of the mentioned athletes are either distributors or dedicated users who have received compensation for their partnership and/or complimentary USANA products.