Mickey “The Spirit” Bey was born June 27, 1983 in Cleveland, Ohio. A quintessential athlete, Mickey was active in a wide range of sports in his youth including football, tennis, baseball, and track, but it was the individual contact sport of boxing that flowed through his veins. With his grandfather being Melvin Clayton, a one-time Golden Glove champion and childhood friend of boxing impresario Don King, it was surely destiny that steered the young fighter to commit to the sport at the age of 12. Mickey won his first national tournament at the age of 13 and then went on to win at the Olympic trials. Mickey and his family knew early on that he had what it took to make a career out of boxing.
In 2004 Mickey defeated Brandon Rios in the Olympic box-offs, but due to a stint with pneumonia, the young amateur had to sit out of the 2004 Olympic games. Bey was crushed but used the setback as motivation for his debut as a professional pugilist on April 29, 2005. Inside the Wolstein Center in his hometown of Cleveland, Bey took 47 seconds to knockout Shane Gierke and notch his first professional victory. From April 29, 2005 to February 2, 2013, Bey exited the ring the same way he went in, undefeated. At the Reliant Arena in Houston on November 19, 2011, he proved to be an overbearing opponent for Hector Velazquez who had tallied 51 victories during his professional career before falling to Bey by UD. With a record of 20-1, losing is not something that Bey is familiar with. However, on July 19, 2013 his first loss would come by way of TKO in the tenth-round in an uncompromising battle against skilled fighter John Molina. The defeat did not break Bey, by all appearances the experience has made him realize what he is really fighting for. His pro career has certainly lived up to the expectations that prolific amateur boxers are faced with. On December 6, 2013, Bey defeated Carlos Cardenas with a relentless onslaught of jabs resulting in a TKO to record his 19th victory. A milestone would be met on May 2, 2014 after his UD over Alan Herrera at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas – Bey reached win number 20. On September 13, 2014, he made good on his promise to one day become a world champion. Fighting Miguel Vasquez during a heated undercard bout of the highly anticipated rematch between Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana, Bey outlasted Vasquez in 12 rounds to assume his current ownership of the IBF Lightweight title belt.
It’s been the mentorship of the pound-for-pound king of boxing, Floyd Mayweather, that has helped cultivate Bey in the practice of the sport. Being under the tutelage of Floyd Mayweather Sr. has taught him to dish out more punishment than he endures. A smart, tactical and easily adaptable fighter, Bey’s defense is full of speed and power and he has an inherent knack for reading his opponents.
For Bey, all that matters is maintaining his focus and keeping spiritually grounded. “Skills, talent and a good heart and spirit will always rise to the top,” he professes. In his spare time, he loves to travel and catch up with his brother, two sisters, and parents. In addition, Bey has a passion for music. From jazz to rap, classical, techno, and soul, he immerses himself in the cadence of the beat and allows the melody to consume him. If he wasn’t a great boxer, Bey insists he would be an astronaut, music producer, or spiritual healer.
In keeping with the legacy of those who have inspired him – Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns – Bey wants his name to be among these esteemed fighters who have left their legacy behind the ropes. “Before it’s all said and done, I want to be one of the best to ever lace up!”