Kevin Newman II was born on December 2, 1991 in Los Angeles, California. Newman was introduced to the sport of boxing at the early age of 3 when his mother gave him his first pair of boxing gloves that read “Boom” on one and “Pow” on the other. He went around throwing punches at walls, stuffed animals, and pillows. At this point his father decided it was time for him to take on a heavy bag. While his siblings curled up in front of the TV to watch their favorite cartoons, Newman watched Mike Tyson battling it out in the ring and Sylvester Stallone running up the steps in his gray track suit as the character “Rocky”. Every since then, his life has been dedicated to the sport of boxing.
Newman officially took up the sport at the age of 9 when he moved to Las Vegas—the boxing capital of the world. He immediately began training with Jeff Mayweather at a local gym. Newman later went on to train at the famed Mayweather Boxing Club in 2009. In 2013, after returning to the ring from an injury and having tommy john surgery, Newman went on to win the Ringside National Championship. Throughout 2013 his reign of victories continued as he was crowned the champion of the Golden Gloves and USA tournaments—winning the state title for 3 years in a row 2011-2013. Having 30 fights as an amateur with a record of 25-5, Newman proved to be an unstoppable force when going against the odds and overcoming any obstacles in his path.
Newman’s talent didn’t go unnoticed by Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather took attention to Newman’s skills and technique in the ring as an amateur. He eventually offered Newman a contract to join the growing stable of Mayweather Promotions’ fighters in the summer of 2014. Newman made his professional debut on September 13, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the Mayweather vs. Maidana II undercard, where he went head-to-head against Azamat Umarzoda. The bout resulted in a draw. Newman knew that he was given an opportunity that many others may never see in their careers and he didn’t come out victorious. He used this as motivation to work harder and not take anything for granted. He has gone on to win his next four fights over the past year, and currently holds a professional record of 4-0-1 with one KO.
If he wasn’t a boxer, Newman says he would have wanted to be a wrestler. His advice to someone wanting to pursue the sport of boxing is “to make sure this is something you definitely want to do, it’s a dangerous sport, make sure you give 110% every day.”
Newman’s motto is to “do the right thing.” His keys to success are staying focused, training hard, and living a healthy lifestyle. When Newman isn’t in the ring, he likes to play video games and spend as much time possible with his biggest inspiration, his son. The best advice that he has been given has come from his mother, who has always told him to keep God first, live out your dreams, and be the best person you can be inside and outside of the ring. Newman’s love for defeating the competition and passion for the sport inspires him to be victorious every time he comes face-to-face with his opponents. When asked what it feels like to win, he stated that, “He loves the feeling and it reminds him that his constant hard work is paying off.”
Newman is looking forward to collecting more wins in hopes of one day achieving his ultimate goal of becoming a world champion and an icon in the sport. He takes boxing very seriously, emphasizing that putting your heart into the sport is what truly matters.