Undefeated 168-pound prospect Ronald Ellis returns November 4
On November 4, undefeated super middleweight prospect Ronald “Akeem” Ellis, 14-0-1 (10), will fight for the second time in 2017 at the Silver Eagle Gun Arena in Ashburn, Virginia. Ellis is looking to stay busy as he works toward what he hopes will be an eventual world title shot.
Ellis will take on Philadelphia’s Taneal Goyco, 9-10-1 (4), in an eight-round bout. While Goyco’s numbers don’t appear too daunting on paper, it should be noted that this is a rugged, fearless fighter, who is entering the ring against an undefeated opponent for the 11th time in his career. Goyco knows what a win against an undefeated prospect like Ellis does for him so Akeem can’t sleep on this guy.
Ellis, of Lynn, Massachusetts, now lives and trains in Los Angeles, California, at the Iron Gym, under the watchful eye of Jerry Rosenberg. Ellis also has his father Ronald Ellis Sr. in camp.
Save for a draw against Philadelphia’s Jerry Odom last year (a fighter Goyco defeated in 2016) and a no-contest back in 2013, Ellis has a perfect resume and looks to build on it in this fight, setting up what he hopes will be a big 2018.
While Ellis, a slick and talented boxer-puncher, looks to get busier and work himself into title contention, he knows that not only fighting but looking good doing so is critical. The first test will be the November 4 bout, as he is returning for his first fight in nearly 10 months after being sidelined with surgery for his right hand. He had torn ligaments repaired and reports that his hand is 100% and he is fired up to return to the ring.
UCNLive.com caught up with Ellis at camp in Los Angeles to get his thoughts on his upcoming fight and what he hopes to map out for himself in 2018.
“Camp has been great,” said Ellis, on training for his upcoming bout. “I don’t know if it was the 10 months off, because of healing from the hand surgery, but I just kept working and stayed in shape. I have been walking around at like 172, 173. So, I’m on weight and in great shape.”
“My dad recently retired, so he is on board full-time”, said Ellis. “I have been training with Jerry Rosenberg for this fight and I am very excited to get back in the ring.”
While Ellis isn’t looking past Goyco, he knows, if he keeps busy and looks good, his time will come. “I’m not looking past Goyco but, if all goes well, I’d love to squeeze another fight in this year and then look towards a big 2018,” said Ellis. “My hand is 100% and I feel great. I’m making 168 real easy. I mean, I’m walking around at 173 and, after rehydrating, eating, everything, after the weigh-in, I only go to 175 or 176.”
Asked what he hopes to see in 2018, Ellis was excited about his prospects for some big things at either 168 or 160. “I may go down to 160. I fought in the amateurs at 165 and I’m pretty sure I can make 160 with a bit of work,” said Ellis. “I’m right there. My birthday is tomorrow (October 22) and I turn 28 and I know I’m right there and I have to keep busy and look good and just stay on it. My hand is 100% and I have to get on the ball and go.”