WBO Champion Kendall Holt Back in Gym and Ready to Defend Title

(PATERSON, NJ)—Following his outstanding knockout of Ricardo Torres in early July, Kendall Holt has been focused on one thing—continuing his pursuit of excellence and becoming the #1 ranked light-welterweight boxer in the world. Over the past several years Holt has been catching the eye of boxing critics and enthusiasts across the globe. After earning the prestigious title of “knockout of the year,” he has been featured in numerous boxing magazines, and most recently received the full cover layout of Boxing News..

With his only loss since 2004 being a controversial decision against Ricardo Torres, Holt has impressively made his way up the rankings, defeating one opponent after another. But he wasn’t satisfied until he had his rematch fight against Torres in which he knocked him out in the first round, naming Holt the WBO light-welterweight champion of the world.

“I’m a world champion, this is every boxer’s dream,” said Holt following the first round knockout of Torres, which will most likely be up for the title of ‘round of the year.’ Holt has accomplished great things in his young career, as he has maneuvered through the toughest weight class in boxing, and captured the belt.

Since his professional debut in 2001, Kendall has lived up to his nickname of ‘Rated R’ by offering boxing fans one exciting fight after another. His lightning quick hand speed and devastating punching power have made him a Showtime Boxing regular, while recordings of his fights have made him a YouTube sensation.

Holt has persevered and dominated in his division due to his ability to adapt to any fighter’s style—making him unpredictable and hard to read. As he currently retains the WBO Light-Welterweight Championship Belt, Holt is often mentioned amongst names including Hatton, Malignaggi, and Hopkins.

“I have been ready for these fights for awhile, but since I did not have the belt, it was hard to get recognized,” says Holt. “Since my first round knockout of Torres, I have proved to my fans and my competition that I am the real deal and am here to stay.”

The July 5 knockout has gained Holt much attention in the boxing world, and it is unlikely to discuss the light welterweight division without bringing up the name Kendall Holt.

“Earning the belt is amazing, but keeping the belt is what I am focused on now,” says Holt. “Following the celebration I had to get right back into the gym and resume my training regimen. My sights are focused on my next fight and defending my title.”

Time will tell who is next in line for Kendall Holt, although one thing is for certain—the fight will be an exciting battle in defense of his title belt.

Article posted on 11.08.2008

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