"I'm getting him out of there. It will not go six rounds! This will be my last 6 round fight; I'm going to 8-rounders after this. I'm just climbing up the ladder, slowly but surely...Everybody be on the lookout for me to make some noise pretty soon. Look for me in some bigger fights in the next couple of months, because we're definitely there and looking. It doesn't matter whose name comes across the table, I just want the contract," stated jr. middleweight Keandre Leatherwood, who talked about his return to the ring tonight, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
MJ: How's it going, Keandre? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
KL: I'm Keandre "Lightning" Leatherwood. I'm fighting out of Atlanta, Georgia right now. I was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where Deontay Wilder is from. I'm an exciting fighter with fast hands. I like to get in there and mix it up, counter, and I can punch a little bit. It depends on what kind of fighter I need to take out. Hopefully I'll be making a lot of noise in the [jr. middleweight] division pretty soon.
MJ: What's your amateur background?
KL: I had 120 amateur fights, National Junior Olympics, International Junior Olympics. I was runner-up in the silver gloves in my first year of boxing. I lost to Demetrius Andrade that year.
MJ: Who have been some of your big-name sparring partners? Have you sparred with any of the big dogs?
KL: The biggest people I've sparred with were Luis Collazo when he was down last year. I gave him some good work; he kept calling me back the whole time he was here. I've gotten a lot of work in with Brad Solomon and Tureano Johnson. I sparred with Deontay Wilder when he was coming up going to the Olympics. I came up in the gym with Rau'Shee Warren and Adrien Broner in Cincinnati.
MJ: Tell us about your upcoming fight.
KL: I'm fighting a tough vet, Marcos Primera. I've definitely gone to work, been training pretty hard. I've been waiting on the call; I was hoping to get back in the ring right after my last fight in October. I got the guy out in the third round. I was still ready to go and got right back in the gym. I was supposed to fight in November, but we couldn't get back in there. I'm back on now and I have something coming up soon in January as well. I'm staying ready, not taking any time off. I'm going down there this weekend, get this guy out of there, and get right back in the gym; business as usual.
MJ: Tell us about your promotional company, Boxing 360.
KL: I'm signed with Boxing 360. I feel blessed to be with such a good team. I signed with Mario Yagobi in April and he's been doing good for me. He has a lot of big plans, so I'm just waiting to see how everything materializes. We love the company.
MJ: What are your plans for progressing to the top? What's your timeline?
KL: Hopefully I should be fighting for some type of title next year. I've been talking to Mario; he has plans. We're going to get a few 8-rounders in, then we're going to see what's there for me. I'm just letting Mario do his job; I trust his judgment. Whatever he feels like it's time for, just send the contract. I'm ready.
MJ: Do you have any prediction for your fight?
KL: I'm getting him out of there. It will not go six rounds! This will be my last 6 round fight; I'm going to 8-rounders after this. I'm just climbing up the ladder, slowly but surely.
MJ: Is there anything else you'd like to say to the boxing fans at FightHype?
KL: Thanks for having me. Everybody be on the lookout for me to make some noise pretty soon. Look for me in some bigger fights in the next couple of months, because we're definitely there and looking. It doesn't matter whose name comes across the table, I just want the contract.