Thursday, March 28, 2013

Local promoter signs top welterweight prospect

PHILADELPHIA - Welterweight Cornelius Whitlock has signed a promotional contract with the Philadelphia-based Banner Promotions.

Whitlock will make his debut under his new management team on March 29 as part of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights undercard at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

“I am happy to sign with Banner Promotions”, said Whitlock. “This is the first time someone has been behind me in my career so this is pretty big.”

Whitlock of Landover, Maryland has a record of 1-0-1 with his victory coming by knockout of former amateur standout Shakur Jackson in the third round on January 31 in Staten Island, New York.

“We are very excited about this signing”, said Banner Promotions CEO Arthur Pelullo. “We got to see Cornelius in person and we came away very impressed after he stopped Jackson and we know he has talent to become a terrific fighter.”

The 29-year-old Whitlock turned pro on December 19, 2012 with a draw with Mikkel Lespierre in Lespierre’s hometown of New York. Whitlock, who competed in over 30 amateur fights and won Golden Gloves titles, has a slick and elusive style with quick hands and footwork and he displayed his explosive power in the win over Jackson.

He is trained by Malcolm Lowery who sees big things for his pupil.

“He is a great kid, fights hard and is a gym rat”, said Lowery. “He has a lot of tools as he is a very slick boxer-puncher with great punching power in both hands.”

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