News: Keandre Leatherwood; Joey DaWejko; Grant Cunningham
Junior middleweight prospect Keandre “Lightning” Leatherwood (12-1-1, 8 KOs) will step back into the ring Saturday January 19th against Chicago native Michael Walker in a scheduled 8 rounder on a card being held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Leatherwood fights out of Atlanta Georgia, but he was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he helped Olympian and fellow Tuscaloosa born fighter Deontay Wilder in the early stages of his amateur career. Leatherwood had a standout amateur career in his own right with 120 amateur bouts and appearances in the National Junior Olympics and International Junior Olympics.
Leatherwood has never been passed 6 rounds as he heads into his first scheduled 8 round fight, but after his last victory — a 6 round unanimous decision over Marcos Primera — he was insistent on taking the next step in his career. As a puncher-boxer, Leatherwood lives up to his nickname “Lightning” with some of the quickest hands in the division. It’s not just about the speed in his hands; it’s the way he puts his punches together that adds to his game changing quickness. Leatherwood’s quick hands allow him to neutralize his opponent’s best attributes and that adds to his ability to adapt in the middle of a fight. He possesses the kind of dynamic style that allows him hit without being hit, but he isn’t afraid of mixing it up either. After finishing 2012 on a high note with 3 straight victories Leatherwood is eager to stay busy and tally more victories on his resume with the help of Boxing 360 promoter Mario Yagobi.
“Laying back isn’t my style, I think fans will identify with me because I look to make fights with my opponents and fans can expect me to be aggressive in a scientific way,” Leatherwood said. “I don’t want to rush things, but we have plans to move up the ladder with each and every outing and Mario knows I’m always ready to go. I believe as a fighter my priority is winning, but I also have a responsibility to entertain and I know how to accomplish both simultaneously.”
“The 154lb division is one of the best in boxing and it’s filled with deep and compelling matchups, I think Keandre is up for the challenge of becoming one of boxing’s best,” Yagobi said. “What I love about Keandre is he can make a fight exciting on sheer talent alone, but we’ve matched him up well for this fight and I think fans will be treated to a special night of action. Keandre already has world class hand speed and as long as we continue down the current path we will undoubtedly be fighting for a significant title soon.”
JOEY DAWEJKO RETURNS JAN 19TH AT THE MOHEGAN SUN CASINO
January 10, 2013 – Heavyweight prospect Joey DaWejko from Philadelphia will step back in the ring against Jarrell Miller on Saturday January 19th. The fight will take place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. For DaWejko, this will be his second consecutive fight against an undefeated fighter.
DaWejko (7-1-1, 3 KOs) embodies the very essence of a Philadelphia fighter and isn’t afraid to take on the tough opposition. He had a stellar amateur career, especially as a junior. Labeled a small heavyweight, DaWejko stands 5’10” and uses his smaller frame to his advantage with a crafty style that complements his ability to be more agile than his usually bigger opponents. DaWejko has fought bigger men his entire career and he thrives off of the challenge of overcoming the size disadvantage with a combination of speed and power.
Miller (4-0, 4 KOs) has won all of his professional bouts by TKO and DaWejko will look to utilize the power he possesses in both hands in order to neutralize his opponent’s strength. DaWejko knows how important it is to rebound from his last outing and suggests that placing too much emphasis on a single loss isn’t a productive response to a slight setback.
“Some people take a loss but that isn’t what defines a fighter, what defines a fighter is how he responds from the adversity he’s faced with,” DaWejko said. “I’m just anxious to prove what kind of fighter I am and to show my ability as a heavyweight. I feel like I can bring something to the division that’s my very own and no one else’s. I make it a point to try and get the most out of my in-ring experiences and I plan on giving a good performance on January 19th.”
DaWejko’s promoter Mario Yagobi of Boxing 360 Promotions believes DaWejko has a bright future in the heavyweight division.
“DaWejko brings a lot of heart, skill and determination to the ring,” Yagobi said. “Believe me when I say that he possesses all the qualities of a big man in regards to his will and determination, but he also packs a heavyweight punch. The fact that he can out maneuver the bigger men with crafty and agile footwork makes Joey a unique fighter. Boxing 360 is excited to have him in our stable of fighters and it won’t be long until he is one of Philly’s most treasured fighters.”
Cunningham Hoping For Seventh Heaven
By Daniel Mole
Stafford Middleweight, Grant Cunningham, is hoping to be in seventh heaven next week when he takes on Mitch Mitchell on the undercard of Frankie Gavin’s first British Welterweight title defence against Jason Welborn at Walsall Town Hall.
The 26 year-old from Stafford is looking to extend his unbeaten start to his professional boxing career to seven straight wins when he takes on the Lincolnshire scrapper known as ‘Mad Mitch’ (1-2) next Friday, 18th January.
“I don’t know too much about him, I’m just concentrating on my game and building on my 6-0 record,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “He’s had three fights. He has won one, by stoppage, and lost the other two so he’s a bit of an unknown quantity.
“It’s all about learning my craft at the moment. I’m confident in my ability and I trust in my Manager and Trainer, Errol Johnson, to match me right. We have a plan for my career and I’m happy with how things are going.
“I’m at that stage when I need to keep building my record and staying busy. This is my first fight of 2013 and I’m aiming to fight 6 or 7 times this year. I’m feeling good.”
Cunningham has been working alongside stablemates Jason Welborn and Martin Gethin in the build-up to their respective British title fights at the top of next Friday’s bill.
Rowley Regis’ Welborn challenges Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin for the welterweight strap at the top of the bill whilst Gethin, from Walsall, takes on Hove’s Ben Murphy for the British & Commonwealth Lightweight titles. The show is a complete sell-out and Cunningham admits that the buzz around the fight has whetted his own appetite to achieve things in the sport he loves.
“It’s going to be a great night of boxing, he added. “You can see that Jason and Martin are buzzing and that rubs off on you when you’re in the gym with them.
“That’s where I want to be when it’s the right time for me. Obviously I want to be out there winning titles one day. It’s too early for talk of that at the moment but that’s obviously what I’m working towards.
“To be on the same bill as someone like Frankie Gavin is a big thing and it does whet your appetite to succeed and push forward. It’s going to be a really good atmosphere. We need these Town Hall shows. It’s going to be very good for Midlands boxing.
“It’s a great show to be part of and will definitely be one of the shows of the year.
The fight takes place on promoter Frank Warren’s first show of 2013 – in association with Midlands promoter Errol Johnson – at Walsall Town Hall on Friday, 18th January. The show is a sell-out but it is also live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Subscribe at www.boxnation.com.
Walsall Town Hall Box Office – 0845 111 2900 – have started a waiting list should more tickets become available.