Unbeaten Ronald Ellis looks to make 2018 his year

Undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis (center) and his team. Photo courtesy of Ronald Ellis on Twitter


Ronald “Akeem” Ellis is excited to punch into work for the first time in 2018, in what he hopes will be a busy, and perhaps breakout, year for him.


A battle of unbeaten, super middleweight prospects will headline a “ShoBox: The New Generation” card on February 2, from WinnaVegas Casino in Sloan, Iowa.


Ellis, 14-0-1 (10), and Brooklyn, New York’s Junior Younan, 13-0 (9), will clash in the 10-round main event.


Ellis returns in his first bout in over a year, since defeating Christopher Brooker via a unanimous decision in Atlantic City, last January. Ellis is coming back from an injury, is rested, in great shape and is excited to return to the ring.


Originally from Lynn, Massachusetts, the 28-year-old Ellis currently lives and trains in Los Angeles at the new Team Watson Boxing Gym. Ellis is trained by his father Ronald Ellis Sr. and Jerry Rosenberg.


The Ellis-Younan fight should bring some fireworks as both fighters see 2018 as their year to shine and make a mark in the 168-pound division.

In a recent interview, Younan said he was focused on a title shot in the future and the Ellis fight was the first step.


“I’m excited to put on a show for all the viewers,” Younan said. “I’ve been working as hard as possible and I’m confident my efforts will pay off. I’m going to break my opponent’s spirit and pick him apart. This is my time – in 2018, I’m looking to make a title run and this fight is just the first step.”


However he will be facing a very focused Ronald Ellis, who also has some big plans for 2018 and doesn’t plan on Younan upsetting the apple cart.


Ellis was scheduled to fight in November but the fight fell through when his opponent came in well over the contracted weight. So Akeem is very excited to get back in the ring and get this year rolling.


“I’m excited to be fighting the main event on this card,” said Ellis. “I’m 28; there is no turning back. It’s full speed ahead to get the run going to get to that title shot.


“Yeah, I’m living in L.A. now.You can’t beat the weather, so I gotta stay,” he said with a chuckle. “Training has been going great; I am in great shape and very excited to get back in the ring and get this year off and running. After I finish with Younan, he can go get himself a job of some kind. I mean, he is a young kid. He’s still young enough to go out and find himself a new job.”


As for what Ellis hopes to see this year?


“For 2018? I just gotta run through everybody, just gotta keep going and get to that title shot. My time is now to show what I have. I want to impress,” he said. “This fight will be a good way to start 2018, which will be my year.”




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