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Yahu Blackwell
Statistics
Nickname(s) Rock Blackwell
Weight(s) Cruiserweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Nationality American
Born

Yahu Gavriel Blackwell
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Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 3
Wins 2
Wins by KO 2
Losses 1

Yahu Blackwell (born 1986) is an American Cruiser-weight boxer.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Blackwell was born in Baltimore in the year 1986[1][2] and raised by his mother Sandra Blackwell.[3]

Fighting career[edit | edit source]

Blackwell began boxing at the age of seven,[4] compiling a 156–28 amateur record,[1] as a cruiserweight, ultimately winning the South Atlantic Championship.[5] He lost his professional debut in 2009, breaking his hand, after cutting too much weight and reaching dangerous levels of dehydration[5] after losing thirty pounds in one day.[6] In 2014 he was named the number one contender by the World Boxing Union (WBU) for the WBU America and WBU Intercontinental title.[7] He later became the WBU novice world champion[1] and earned a top ten ranking within the organization.[5][8]

Blackwell has a 15–0 record in the International Boxing League (IBL),[1] including twelve knock-outs.[9] He has trained under Floyd Mayweather Sr.,[1] Freddie Roach, and Roger Mayweather.[10] He has also trained with Roberta Jalnaiz.[11] In 2016 he began fighting on Comcast Sports Net,[1][12] with an initial fight set for August 20, 2016.[13] On April 6th, 2017, Yahu Blackwell returned to the ABC knocking out 220 pound heavyweight pugilist Benjamin Hernandez.[14] He won with a one-two combination and a straight right hand in the second round, scoring a knockout victory over Hernandez in Tijuana,Mexico.

On July 28, 2017, Blackwell knocked out cruiserweight pugilist Alvaro Vasquez in the first round. Blackwell unleashed a 6-punch combination, beating Vasquez.[15]

IBL Fights Wins Losses
15 15 0

Professional boxing record[edit | edit source]

2 Wins (2 knockouts), 1 Loss (1 RTD)[16]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 1–9
MexicoAlvaro Vazquez TKO 1 (6) 2017-07-28 Mexico Escape Bar, Tijuana
Win 0–1
Mexico Benjamin Hernandez KO 2 (4) 2017-04-06 Mexico Escape Bar, Tijuana
Loss
United States Barry Trotter RTD 1 (4) 2009-05-29 United States Du Burns Arena, Baltimore Debut

Personal life[edit | edit source]

He is a supporter of the My Sister Cares Foundation in Cameroon,[5] where he has funded the construction of new orphanages.[17] In 2017, he released a mobile app entitled "Crypto Boxers, The People's Champ"</ref>.[18] In October 2017, Blackwell closed a deal with Rita's Italian Ice to open his first franchise in 2018.[19]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Heitner, Darren. "Yahu 'Rock' Blackwell Becoming A Boxing Mogul And Entrepreneur". Forbes Magazine. 
  2. "Rock Blackwell - Extraordinary Profiles". EP Magazine. 
  3. DiMoro, Anthony (16 August 2016). "The Arrival Of Yahu "Rock" Blackwell". Huffington Post. 
  4. Bob. "International Boxing Union IBU". www.ibuboxing.com. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Yahu "Rock" Blackwell : A Future Star On The Rise - The Source". The Source Magazine. 6 October 2016. 
  6. Glover, Chris. "Fair but firm: Refereeing legend Joe Cortez advising Yahu Blackwell". World Boxing News. 
  7. "Started From The Bottom, Now He's Here: The Rock Blackwell Story". Inquisitr. 3 July 2014. 
  8. Barrett, Jeff (2017-07-17). "Why Champion Boxer Yahu Blackwell's Next Fight Will Be An App". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  9. "Boxer Yahu "Rock" Blackwell Speaks At Press Conference – OnTheSceneNY". www.onthesceneny.com. 
  10. "Boxing champion, Rock Blackwell, is iconic in both the ring and the community". Westside Story Newspaper. 
  11. "Erykah Badu shows her support for Yahu 'Rock' Blackwell - Sideline Sports Report". sidelinesportsreport.com. 
  12. "Yahu 'Rock' Blackwell looking to sign with Floyd Mayweather's TMT by close of 2015 - Sideline Sports Report". sidelinesportsreport.com. 
  13. "The Rising Career Of Yahu "Rock" Blackwell". The Richest. 
  14. "BoxRec: Yahu Gabriel Blackwell". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  15. "BoxRec: Alvaro Vazquez". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2017-10-18. 
  16. "Yahu Blackwell Professional boxing record". BoxRec.com. 
  17. DiMoro, Anthony (20 August 2016). "Boxer Yahu "Rock" Blackwell Helping To Build Orphanage In Africa - Sports Rants". SR. 
  18. "Why Yahu Rock Blackwell Cares About Becoming a Brilliant Entrepreneur While Capturing KOs". Inc. Magazine. 
  19. Heitner, Darren. "15-0 IBL Pro Boxer Yahu Blackwell Buys Into Rita's Italian Ice". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-10-24. 

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