Lanell Bellows: ‘I’m ready to go out there and perform’
On May 21, Las Vegas super middleweight Lanell Bellows, 15-1-1 (8), will step into the ring in an attempt to grab his second win of the year and his 10th in a row.
Bellows will fight Scott Sigmon, 26-8-1 (14), in an eight-round support bout on the tripleheader (including three world title fights) from The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, Cuban sensation Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara will defend his WBA junior middleweight world championship against former US Olympian and top contender Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan.
Unbeaten IBF world junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo makes the second defense of his belt against former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout. Brother Jermell will take on contender John Jackson in a bout for the vacant WBC world junior middleweight championship. Both are looking to make history in co-featured bouts as the first twins to eventually hold world titles in the same division.
While the stage is a great showcase for the friendly, well-spoken Bellows, it isn’t something that should faze him too much, having fought on five of the cards of his promoter, undefeated, former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.
In a recent chat, Bellows spoke about his upcoming fight and what he would like to see for the remainder of 2016.
“I’m looking forward to this upcoming fight. It is a great card and I’m privileged to be fighting as a part of it,” he said. “Like I said, it’s a great card but I’m used to being around the gym and press conferences and that during a big fight week, having fought on five of Floyd’s cards. It is all a good learning experience and helps me get used to being around all the attention of a bigger fight. But I just have to train hard, stay focused on my fight and stay humble.”
While Bellows was born in Kansas City, Missouri, he called Southern California home for most of his life, until relocating to Vegas to train after turning professional in 2012, “I came out here after the amateurs; I had about 33 fights. Certainly not the amateur experience of some of my stablemates but it has been great to train alongside them, trying to get better and learn every day.”
Bellows trains out of the famous Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas and says he has benefited greatly from the wealth of talent in the gym each day, “All the guys I train with are great, lots of competition that motivates me and helps me to learn. It’s all a learning process for me. I don’t have the experience of some other fighters, so, every day, I try to learn and get better, a lot of challenges that keep you working hard.”
Trained by Rafael Ramos and Otis Pimpleton, Bellows is looking to keep improving fight by fight and he feels he is in the right place with the right team, “I have a great promoter in TMT, Mayweather Promotions, and I have two great trainers. I am looking to improve all the time. I would describe myself as a puncher-boxer. My strength in punching is always there but I am really working with my trainers on my boxing, something that is getting better all the time.”
But, for now, the primary concern is his bout on May 21, getting a win, looking good and moving forward, “I am definitely privileged to be on a great card like this. Ideally, I’d like to have four or five fights this year. But, right now, I’m just focused on this fight. I’m ready to go out there and perform.”