Former IBO champion, now trainer is highly respected.
By John D'Onofrio Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
TOWN OF LOCKPORT —
Lockport’s Amer Abdallah, the reigning WKA United States Light Heavyweight champion has his sights set on bringing home the first world title to Lockport with a June bout in sights.
At 13-0 (7 KOs), Abdallah is currently the No. 1 ranked kickboxer in the country.
“At this point in my career I feel stronger, faster and smarter than ever. At 35, the odds are stacked against me, I’m stacked against the odds,” Abdallah said.
To help capture his life-long dream, Team Abdallah has sought out one of the most respected boxing trainers in the sport, former IBO champion Jeff Mayweather.
“I’ve had a great relationship with Jeff for quite some time and have seen him work with countless world champions. I love how he trains guys in the gym and more importantly than all of that, he is an absolute class act. I’m confident what Jeff brings to the table will help me win a world title,” Abdallah said.
Mayweather, who once held the IBO Super Featherweight world boxing title, comes from the world famous Mayweather family, including brothers Roger and Floyd Sr. Mayweather and nephew, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather.
All of the Mayweathers train out of the infamous Floyd Mayweather Boxing gym in Las Vegas.
“I’m anxiously looking forward to working with Amer, he’s almost like family,” Mayweather said.
“I’ve only heard good things about him and I hope to add to what he already posses. We already have a wonderful relationship outside of the ring and I think together we will make a great team and continue to add to his already illustrious career.” Mayweather stated.
Abdallah plans on holding his next training camp between both the Mayweather gym & the Lockport Athletic Club in preparation for his next fight.
“Having been in the Mayweather Gym over the past few months and seeing the caliber of fighters that train there really motivates me. You have to be sharp and at your best all the time,” Abdallah saidd. A tentative date of June 8 has been set for his return to the ring.
“I was raised in Lockport, went to school in Lockport, opened my fitness club in Lockport and cut from Lockport cloth. It will be an honor to deliver a world title to my hometown that has stuck with me through thick and thin.”