Former IBF lightweight champion Mickey Bey receiving the key to the city of Cleveland (Photo: Facebook)
By Chris Robinson
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since we last saw Mickey Bey inside of the squared circle.
This past September, Bey could be seen squeezing out a split-decision over grizzled vet and former lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. The victory netted Bey his first world title, the IBF bauble at 135 pounds, but very few would expect him to never defend it.
A purse bid was held earlier this year for the Mayweather Promotions star to defend his title against mandatory Denis Shafikov and with the Russian fighter’s promoter, Top Rank, winning the bid, Bey opted to vacate his title as opposed to defending his belt in Macau, China.
And with so many changes taking place, Bey is still optimistic about his future, especially on the heels of him being granted the key to the city of his hometown of Cleveland.
“Went home to receive the key to the city back in my hometown of Cleveland for my accomplishments throughout the years,” Bey stated, showing off a captioned picture. “I’m going [to win]my second world title soon. I’m very proud to be from the first or second poorest city in America, between Cleveland and Detroit every year, and to reach from deep within my spirit and achieve my goals in the physical form. This is my second time receiving the key. I’m blessed to have the character and spirit I have; it’s not for sale. I’ll always keep God first!”
Stay tuned for more details on Bey’s next ring appearance.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com