Boxing: Kayode ‘Power’ Set to Make His Heavyweight Debut December 5 after a Year Break

Nigerian cruiserweight boxer Lateef ‘power’ Kayode will make his heavyweight debut on Thursday, December 5th at in the Fight Club OC show at the OC Fair and Event Center.

The 30-year-old current WBO NABO and NABF Cruiserweight champion, from Lagos, Nigeria, originally is trained by legendary Freddie Roach, a recipient of four Trainer of the Year Award.

Just last month Gren Cohen Promotions announced the signing of the undefeated puncher (18-0, 14KOs, 1D) to a promotional contract. It was then revealed Kayode will now move up in the weight and begin campaigning in the heavyweight division.

Kayode and His Trainer Freddie Roach Preparing for a Fight.
Kayode and His Trainer Freddie Roach Preparing for a Fight.

“Lateef has held the NABA, NABO and NABF titles as a cruiserweight and never been beaten. Now he no longer has to struggle to make weight and will be coming in as a heavyweight at full power. We’re looking forward to putting him into the important fights that will quickly establish him as one of the world’s best big men,” Cohen said on announcing his partnership with the Nigerian.

Kayode returns to the ring for the first time since June 2012 when he had a twelve round no contest with Antonio Tarver at the Home Depot Center.

Lateef Kayode Set for His Heavyweight Debut.
Lateef Kayode Set for His Heavyweight Debut.

Kayode will face an opponent to be named as he finally hopes to make some real money as a heavyweight.

He knocked out boxers like American Edward Charles Perry, who he floored in the 6th round on a Showtime boxing card in December 2010, and Matt Godfrey (unanimous decision) in 2011, amongst others.

With Cohen, who has a long history of success working with Nigerian heavyweights including Samuel Peter and Ike Ibeabuchi, at the ringside, Kayode could as well be the next big thing in Nigerian boxing history.


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