Lanell Bellows eyes next level in the near future
On Sept. 16, Las Vegas’ Lanell Bellows, 16-1-1 (9), will step into the ring against Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Decarlo Perez 15-5-1 (5).
The two super middleweights will tangle at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on a card headlined by former world junior middleweight champion Ishe Smith, who will battle Brooklyn, New York’s Frank Galarza.
The Las Vegas-based Bellows looks to move to 3-0 for the year as he inches toward what he hopes will be a world ranking in the future and an eventual title shot.
Coming into the fight, the odds certainly favor Bellows, who is riding a 10-fight winning streak, compared to Perez, who is 4-3 in his last seven outings.
However, on closer inspection, one might notice that, among Perez’s seven fights, there are a split decision loss to world title challenger Wilky Campfort, a TKO win over power-punching Tyrone Brunson and a decision win over previously undefeated Juan Cabrera last August.
In short, Perez’s numbers may be a bit misleading and Bellows knows it. That’s why he’s expecting a tough and determined Perez to show up on Friday.
UCNLive caught up with Bellows to get his thoughts on his opponent and their upcoming bout.
“He’s definitely coming to win”, said Bellows. “He isn’t coming to lose but we are ready for whatever he brings. We have prepared, trained hard and are ready to let preparation meet opportunity.”
Bellows, who is anxious to graduate to 10-rounders and tougher competition, knows he has to look good each time out to show that he’s ready for that next step.
“I would like to be fighting 10-round fights. I have been asking for that and I want to show I am ready. I want to step up my competition soon. I think it is time for me to test myself at that next level and show what I can do,” he said.
The Kansas-born Bellows, who trains with Otis Pimpleton and David Sample at the Mayweather Boxing Club and the Fight Capital Gym in Las Vegas, knows he has to be patient. At the same time, he is also very anxious to prove he is ready to tangle for a belt before too long.
“I’d like to be fighting for a world ranking by the end of the year,” said Bellows. “I want to spread my wings and show what I can do, make my mark – whatever that is – and ultimately be fighting for a world title one day.”
While rugged in the ring, Bellows showed his softer side last August. As a father of two children, Bellows knows the importance of giving back to the children in his community.
Bellows recently held his first – of what he says will be an annual – “Teddy Bear and Backpack Drive” for children in Las Vegas area hospitals. This year’s donations were for the Urgent Care ward at the UMC Medical Center in Las Vegas.
“Yes, it was great. It is great to give back and show the love to those little fighters in the hospital. It is important to do those things and let the kids know we are there for them, in whatever they are dealing with.”
But with Sept. 16 fast approaching, Bellows knows he must focus on preparing for a tough and gritty Decarlo Perez, who is coming into Las Vegas looking to upset the local favorite.
“It’s a tough fight. I respect everyone who steps into the squared circle but we are ready. I’ve trained hard and I know that I can box him and go the distance to get the win if I have to. But if we get a chance to get him out of there, that can happen also”, said Bellows. “I just know, when the fight is over, they will be raising my hand.”