Yahu “Rock” Blackwell: Future Cruiserweight World Champion

By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com

January 21, 2017

For Immediate Release:

A Hidden Gem in the Cruiserweight Division

Nigerian Yahu “Rock” Blackwell

Brooklyn, N.Y. – On February 24th, 2017 Maryland’s Yahu Blackwell is set to make his return to American soil as he will be fighting for the WBU America’s Championship.

WBU Championship Belt

WBU Championship Belt

Nicknamed “The Nigerian King” Blackwell has trained in over a dozen world class training camps. He’s traveled overseas and competed in the IBL (International Boxing League). There he compiled an impressive record of 15-0, with 12 wins by knock out, propelling the young boxer into the IBU (International Boxing Union) and WBU (World Boxing Union) rankings.

Behind the charming smile, supreme confidence, and Hebraic heritage there is undoubted talent. Blackwell, who recently turned thirty years old, had an impressive career as an amateur, compiling a record of 156-28. His style, speed, power, and intelligent boxing brain has drawn comparisons to Floyd Mayweather, who fought in the Olympics in 1996 and went on to become a boxing legend before retiring last year unbeaten.

Yahu Blackwell w/Floyd Mayweather

Yahu Blackwell w/Floyd Mayweather

In 2009, Blackwell lost his professional debut due to life threatening levels of dehydration and a broken right thumb. Now under the guidance of the legendary Joe Cortez (the first Puerto Rican boxing referee to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame) he is ready to take his career to the top.

Yahu Blackwell with Joe Cortez/International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Yahu Blackwell with Joe Cortez/International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

“I starved myself to make the 154lb contract weight, not because I wanted too, simply because we really didn’t have food” Blackwell said.

“At that time we were struggling, bad! I didn’t have a corner, any real training, any resources, and terrible management. But I’ve grown so much over the years. This next chapter I’m going to show the world just how great I am.”

The Hebrew cruiserweight is the oldest of three siblings. Blackwell took up boxing at the tender age of seven and grew up in a rough neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, a city where it is all too easy to fall prey to a life of crime.

With the recent victory of Baltimore’s own Gervonta “Tank” Davis winning his first world title Blackwell will be looking to do the same by bringing a world championship back to his city. 2017 is set to be an amazing year for the cruiserweight prospect.

Yahu Blackwell with Floyd Mayweather Sr.

Yahu Blackwell with Floyd Mayweather Sr.

For the latest updates on Yahu Blackwell and Team Blackwell:

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For any and all inquiries, contact Xavier Porter of Team Blackwell, by email xporter456@gmail.com or by phone (212) 470-6750