Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wilder Promotes First Show In Alabama


While heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) awaits the winner of the vacant WBC heavyweight title fight between Chris Arreola vs. Bermaine Stiverne, he is staying busy by promoting his first show this Saturday in his native Alabama. Wilder’s Bombzquad Promotions is teaming with longtime manager/trainer Jay Deas’ Skyy Promotions to present “Young Guns.” The six bout card is being held at the Belk Center in Wilder’s home town of Tuscaloosa. “Deontay will be the first to tell you that many people stepped up to help him on his journey and this is his way of giving back. I’ve never been more proud of him,” said Deas. “The show features young, up and coming talent that without shows like this may never see the light of day.”

Keandrae “Lightning” Leatherwood (13-2-1, 9 KOs), a former amateur national champion and Tuscaloosa native headlines in a six round bout against hard hitting Mickey “Time Bomb” Scarborough (8-8, 8 KOs) of Kansas City. Leatherwood served as a sparring partner for Saul “Canelo” Alverez in his failed attempt to defeat Floyd Mayweather.

“I want to thank Deontay and Jay for giving us a platform to showcase our skills. I’m getting married next weekend and my family is on me about not getting marked up before the wedding pictures so I’ve gotta take care of business,” said Leatherwood.

Also on the show is former amateur standout and Roy Jones Sr. -guided fighter Pierre Webster.

“I’m expecting these guys to bring it. When somebody gives you a chance you have to take advantage of it,” said Wilder.

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