Isaiah “Z-Wop” Steen | Knuckle Up with Mike and Cedric
EPISODE: Episode 65
Mike and Cedric discuss Isaiah Steen, a Pro Boxer out of Cleveland, Ohio. The 24-year-old fighter (16-0, 12 KOs) is signed to Lou Dibella Entertainment.
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Today’S episode of knuckle up featuring myself mike or i’m a man, centered ben in the den doing what we do best and talking prospects from around the world.
And today we are talking about a young man who we haven’t seen in a year and i’m wondering what the hell is going on in his stable and why ludabella has not set anything up for this young man and i’m talking about isaiah steen, half brother of Charles conwell, which a lot of people don’t know, let’s break them down for the guys cedric um, maybe i’ll, just give you some stats.
First i’ll, give everybody some stats, so they know and then we’ll break down his fighting style um.
This man is now currently 16-0 with 12 knockouts in the super middleweight division he’s ranked 13th out of 240 in the united states 44 to 13 86 in the world.
He is managed by other jones and split t water management, and this 25 year old is coming off a unanimous decision.
A unanimous decision win probably the biggest fight of his career against calvin henderson, who was 1401 going into that fight back on july 23rd, 2021, and we haven’t seen this guy in the ring since cedric.
Let’S talk about this kid and his great fighting style, yeah, actually yeah.
That’S the fight that i have on right now on my other laptop here him uh steen versus henderson um.
It was a good, even match up uh, i didn’t know both their records.
You can tell because it was it’s a very good, even match up um steen, very good on on on his jab, very good, educated, jab, good defense, too henderson a little bit more wilder um, but uh steen, like i said with his educated jab.
He kept him kept him at distance and uh.
The first two rounds were like, but for for most of the way uh uh steen.
You know he definitely was in the control of the fight he yeah.
He definitely has some great body shots uh.
Some great lateral movement he’s good at cutting off the angle uh when he gets on the inside.
You got to watch out man for those long long, swooping, overhands that he can seem to land at will and uh he’s definitely got some power or set up from his jab, though they’re set up from his job.
That’S why he’s able to land those big bombs and i mean able to land those big bombs at will like this kid, and you know it’s, it’s just sad that um, you know it’s.
It’S almost been a year now, since this kid’s been in the ring.
So, like i don’t know what the hell is going on, uh i’d like to see this kid back in the ring.
Man he’s definitely definitely one to be watching man uh.
You know this kid he’s boxing’s his life man, you know and – and it shows when this kid yeah yeah yeah – definitely um – definitely one well.
He just that was the last one.
Does he have anything scheduled up? There’S nothing scheduled.
What is this ranking right now? Is ranking right now in in the united states, he’s sitting at 13 out of 240 in the super middleweight version, all right, so he’s slowly creeping up his way into the to the top 10.
yeah he’s slowly creeping up into the top ten.
This is what i mean, but he’s just sitting back right, uh, it’s been a year since this guy’s been in the ring.
This guy could already be in the top 10 as a contender right.
You know we have him sitting just under kyron davis, ronald ellis sean mccalman, uh, anthony derrell uh.
You know that’s entering into the top 10 there and then, when you get into the top 10 and you round out the top eight, you got gabriel rosado, shane, mosley, jr, edgar, berlanga, caleb, plant jesse, heart benavidez, daniel jacobs and demetrius andre.
So this kid has the ability to fight these guys, and you know has demonstrated that in the ring many many times – and you know for a fighter like this who’s on that climb, how how bad is it to be shelfed and sitting off this long center? Well, um: that’s why you have to make sure you’re you’re still keeping yourself um focused and in the gym, because the perfect example is like, like uh archer, better, be, if you know he only fights like once a year yeah most people would think that you’d have A ring rest, but he’s in the gym all the time, still and keeping himself in shape.
So, even though you know it shouldn’t just take a scheduled fight to keep you motivated.
If you’re, you know a professional fighter, you got to be able to stay focused all the time in your training.
Definitely definitely you know uh when he was fighting when he went to fight um calvin uh.
You know the game plan was simple man box stay on your toes use the jab uh.
You know he stuck with that plan down to every dotted eye in cross t and he won with that unanimous decision.
Man – and you know he was coming off an eight-month layoff, the longest of his career when he faced henderson uh.
That fight, i believe, was supposed to get underway, but was postponed uh due to an injury.
You know it’s it’s it’s one of these things where, like i’d like to see this guy really get back in the ring and – and you know, maybe shake a bit of that rust and start that climb back into that top ten man, because there are some serious Contenders in that top 10 list of the names that i just ra, you know rhymed off for everybody.
You know in every sport there’s there are stories of athletes coming from various backgrounds and environments that use those situations and motivations to succeed in their prospective sport.
You know boxing tends to have some of the most compelling stories, which is what draws the general public to watch a sport.
We all love and you know z-wap isaiah steen.
You know he’s 25 years old from detroit uh.
You know that was brought up with seven siblings, which is a challenge for any family, regardless of their economic status.
Although it was crowded, household steen did not allow that to interfere with what he wanted to accomplish in life.
Steen is a middleweight prospect whose career is being managed by the powerhouse management split team.
You know new development, entertainment and the middleweight division has some of the biggest names, but steen feels that with time you know his name will be right up there.
Amongst the most discussed – and you know, steen in an effort to introduce himself to the boxing public as a prospect to keep his eye on him when this pandemic, you know was going man, it was.
It was hard for him to get these fights and hard to display what he wanted.
So you know like the entire boxing world kind of, took a hit during those times.
But it’s you know, you got ta, you got ta see these guys get back on their feet.
You got ta, see them get back in that ring man and, honestly.
I think this kid has just been he’s sitting on shelf way too long, and you know i i think debella’s got to get this kid in a fight sooner than later man, definitely sooner than later, uh.
In the beginning, there was his team trying to move at a steady pace.
Then he went to a different camp and, as the first few fights he was training in his hometown and then once he signed with the bella entertainment, he went back to doing his training camps in toledo, ohio at seoul city, boxing gym uh.
That gym is where he trained during this amateur career sporting, an 85 and 15 record uh.
The opponents were getting harder to you know, exposure opponents were getting harder and the exposure was increasingly uh increasing.
So he decided to put more time into training camps which led to only fighting twice a year, but now he’s only fighting once a year, man, so uh.
It’S it’s a little rough man and you know he is.
He is a half brother of charles conwell and they have fought on four cards together, uh so far in their career man.
So you know charles comes another good name in boxing another name that a lot of people that float under that radar a little bit.
I think you know they sleep on them, but these guys have been key sparring partners for each other through their pro career.
Exactly you said it right.
There, man, the sparring partners, people, don’t realize how important sparring partners are to training camps.
Um, like you know, like i, don’t care what you do, you can go through a whole training camp and run all the miles.
You want punch all the bags you want.
If you don’t do any sparring, even if you know whether you’re injured and you have to do some type of technical sparring like you, you can’t win at the you know at the highest level without sparring, so sparring partners in general need to you know.
I need to get much more respect and much more praise and uh yeah.
Yes, respect to the sparring partners out there.
Oh man, honestly, i can’t wait man, you know.
I can’t wait to see this kid in the ring.
Man lou, if you’re out there you’re listening, get this kid back in the ring man.
Honestly, i can’t wait to see this kid.
This kid could be wearing a belt.
One day definitely has the ability to do.
It definitely has the right coaches, the right sparring partners, you know and he’s been on a slow movement through his career right now he was fighting about.
You know a couple times a year, but now we’re down to just one.
We need to see him in the ring more fresh in our faces.
You know so that name sticks man, because, honestly, that’s the only way that we’re going to be able to hear about these guys is, if they’re fighting all the time so guys be on the lookout.
For this kid he’s got to fight at least once this year.
Man, i don’t see them leaving him a whole another year sitting on the sidelines, but believe me, it’ll, probably be a card where charles conwell is on it as well, so be on the lookout for this card to happen sometime in the later parts of the year.
I don’t see this kid sitting off for a year.
I don’t i don’t see them doing that man with no injuries and no real pandemic going on anymore.
Honestly, it’s just a matter of time before we get to see this guy get back in the ring and do what he does best and that’s knocking people out then, and i can’t wait to see it cedric do you want to say anything before we get out Of here today, nah man, i hope he stays focused hope he uh, you know still training.
I know he’s having a little struggle about staying busy with actual fights but, like i said man just stay focused stay in the gym and uh.
Stay stand, stay on the path in the right path.
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