Young contender needs to look great, win against the seasoned Quintana
By: Mike Sloan: For DeAndre Latimore, he knows that a loss on May 5 is simply not an option. He’s one of the most promising young contenders on the circuit but he feels as though his road to where he is could have been easier. He’s been tripped up by a few stumbling blocks along the way and he insists that he’s learned from the trials and tribulations of what it’s like to be a young prizefighter.
Latimore (23-3, 17KOs) is scheduled to lock horns with another fighter whose career path is similar with his: Carlos Quintana. Latimore isn’t the most visible fighter or skilled man that Quintana will have ever faced, and “The Bull” understands how capable an opponent the Puerto Rican is. Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs) has been in battles with the likes of Joel Julio, Paul Williams (twice), Andre Berto and Miguel Cotto and, like, Latimore, must win to stay alive in the title picture or at least in the sweepstakes for bigger, more lucrative fights.
Latimore has been training inLas Vegaswith new trainer Jeff Mayweather in preparation for this fight and he said that the veteran trainer has worked wonders for his arsenal.
"It’s been great working with Jeff,” he said at the open workouts for the media on Tuesday inside of Floyd Mayweather’s gym. “I actually have someone who’s bringing out the best in me.”
Though he didn’t want to reveal too much about his gameplan going into the fight with Quintana, Latimore did state that he expects the duel to be tougher than many might expect. He praised Quintana for what he’s achieved in the ring and for whom he’s tangoed with, but boldly expects to be the victor when it’s all said and done.
"I know May 5 is going to be a tough fight, but people can expect to see fireworks,” he said. “I expected to have my hand raised when it’s all said and done."
That aura of confidence stems from what he said was an outstanding training camp. He said that working with the Mayweathers has been a blessing and switching promoters was the best thing that he’s done. Before, he remarked, he felt like he was stuck in a rut and not being promoted or trained properly.
"Now that I’m with a promotional company that cares about me, my family, and what’s best for my career,” he stated. “The hard work and dedication is paying off. When I was working with Floyd, it wasn’t easy at all. It was tough, but it was the best thing that could happen to me. He took me under his wing and now I’m going to take care of him by getting that victory on May 5.”
Latimore claims that he’s never felt better going into a fight and the confidence simply oozed from his pores when he climbed into the ring to workout for the media. He did a mock up of his regular routine and did pad work, shadow boxing, and some heavy bag pounding before calling it a day.
Latimore has always been a talented fighter with a plethora of potential but setbacks in the form of losses to Sechew Powell and Cory Spinks not only damaged his confidence, it nearly crippled whatever momentum he gathered in the eight consecutive wins following the first loss of his career; a third round KO courtesy of Ian Gardner.
But since his loss to Powell, theSt. Louisnative has won three straight, switched promoters and trainers and feels that he’s just now beginning to reach his potential. Everything starts for him on the undercard of Mayweather-Cotto, the biggest fight of 2012 thus far and in front of the biggest audience in which Latimore will have ever fought. He says he’s ready to begin Chapter 2 of his career and proclaims a huge win against Quintana, something he desperately needs if he’s to be considered a legitimate threat to the elite of the junior middleweight division.
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