Interview: Kentavias “Taae” Slay

By Jeff Zimmerman

Fightnews.com® caught up with 9x USA National Champion and Olympic Trials light flyweight winner Kentavias “Taae” Slay as he prepares for his pro debut this Saturday, Sept. 18 in Cancun, MX. Taae grew up outside of Dallas in Mesquite, TX, and now trains under the watchful eye of former world champion Wayne McCullough in Las Vegas. Taae shares how he got into boxing as well as training with rising star Vergil Ortiz Jr and that he likes watching legends like Pernell Whitaker and James Toney for their defensive mastery. Taae also talks about his work with lightweight champion Devin Haney and much more in this exclusive interview.

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    • Dosen’t help interest in the smaller weight classes when they split them into so many divisions. Light flyweight is pretty ridiculous.

      • The kid is 19 and plans to fight at multiple weights. The lower weights have had a resurgence in recent years w Chocolatito, Estrada, The Monster etc. let’s follow his journey and see how he does. great kid and w great people so off to a good start.

    • unfortunately being an amatuer champion no longer carries much weight like it did 20-25 years ago starting around 2k boxings youth participation has declined tremendously so the competition level has dropped tremendously as well but i mean i wish this kid well hes gonna need it fighting at the weights were the oriental and south american fighters rule is no easy task

  • first corsicana is nowhere close to Dallas its southeast Texas and i have lived in the mesquite area for 21 years and never heard of this kid maybe because hes small anyway wish him luck hope he doesnt have his career go the same path as Luis Yanez a former olympian whos career went nowhere

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