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Kevin "Big Dog" Montiy

An excerpt from a story by

Andre Courtemanche

Kevin "Big Dog" Montiy seemed to be in for a rough night. His opponent, Steve "Rock Quarry" Griffin from Washington DC outweighed him by at least 75 pounds. Griffin is a wall of muscles with a determined scowl. Montiy is tall and on the thin side.

Speed Kills.

Montiy's educated left and sharp right hand had Griffin rolling on the canvas inside of two rounds. In the first, Montiy avoided the huge swings of Griffin who seemed to be swinging for the rafters with every shot. Relying on the amateur experience that brought him to several championship and tournament wins, Montiy deftly avoided the roundhouses and countered with blinding quickness. The last of three knockdowns came courtesy of a lightning counter right. Griffin was counted out at 1:26 of round 2 seemingly injured to his arm or leg.

Hours after the fight, Montiy still needed several minutes to dish out handshakes before he could stop for an interview.

Montiy said that Griffin's tactics gave him pause at first. "I was a little more cautious than usual because he was winging some real wide punches," he said. "Once I felt him out a bit, I was ready to go to work."

Montiy (5-0) says that after two more four round fights, he will be ready to begin his climb up the heavyweight ladder. The Flat Rock Michigan native is managed by Gene McKart who's son Bronco is a well-recognized name in the game. "Big Dog" Montiy stands 6'5 and weighs in at around 225 currently. He says he'd like to bulk up as the level of his competition does. "I think my weight is fine for these four-round fights, but when the longer fights come, I want to set my weight at around 235. If I get right around there, I've still got my speed and my quickness, but if I've got to deal with a lighter weight guy, I can still hang with him."

Like his Big 3 counterpart "Deadly" Smedley, Montiy is also a family man and veteran of the armed forces. Both men are very likeable, but where Smedley looks like a GQ man and gives off an air of almost sinister confidence, Montiy's boyish looks and humble charm are more akin to a gigantic Macauley Caulkin.  Home Alone with lightning hand speed.

Trained by Dennis Smith and fighting out of the American GI Forum gym, Montiy says that he works hard to smash preconceived notions of the white heavyweight. "People are always saying you're so fast and always asking me how do you get so fast? I don't know, it's just something natural. People come out and they see a white boy and they go oh, yeah, he's going to be slow and he's going to be awkward. Then I start cracking with a couple shots and they go hey, he's got some speed and he's got some skill."

Shaking hands between every few sentences, Montiy says the pressure of becoming someone to watch in boxing isn't affecting him at all. "It's not really pressure, I love it man. When people come out to see me fight, it just makes me think I have to train that much harder because these people come out to see me put on a great show. I don't feel any pressure at all. I've been in there with the best; I've already been through this pressure. I was a finalist at the Eastern trials, I had 73 amateur fights."