Keandre Leatherwood to face Marcos Primera on Saturday

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Posted on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 8:05 pm.


By Doveed Linder –   Junior middleweight Keandre Leatherwood (11-1-1, 8 KOs) discusses his background in boxing and his upcoming fight with Marcos Primera (20-26-2, 13 KOs), which will take place at Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday night.

DL: When did you first put on the gloves?  How old were you and what were the circumstances?

Keandre Leatherwood: I was eleven years old.  I used to get into a lot of street fights, so my stepfather took me to the gym.  I was boxing out of a gym in Cincinnati.  I came out of the same gym as Rau’shee Warren, Adrien Broner, and Ricardo Williams, Jr.  That’s when Ricardo Williams was going to the Olympics [2000].  When he came out of the Olympics [as a silver medal winner], his career started out great, so it was a dream watching him train.  I took my fair share of hard days with them guys, but I think that’s what drove me.  I sparred with Adrien Broner and Rau’shee Warren. They were already national champions, so it kind of drove me.  It was hard, but I wasn’t going to quit.  When I was down in Alabama, I saw Deontay Wilder when he was first starting out. This was when he was trying to make the Olympics.

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