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Deandre Latimore Returns Saturday, April 16th, Faces Dennis Sharpe at Foxwoods Under Berto/Ortiz

by on Apr.05, 2011, under Boxing News, Press Releases

latimorepunch072410LAS VEGAS, NV, April 5, 2011 — Former world title challenger, Deandre ‘Bull’ Latimore returns to battle on Saturday, April 16th in an eight round junior middleweight bout against Bayonne, New Jersey’s Dennis Sharpe at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, it was announced today by Steve Smith, President of St. Louis’ Rumble Time Promotions.

“Deandre’s ready for a huge 2011. He wants another title shot and is willing to march through any of the other 154 pound contenders to get it,” said Steve Smith. “We’ve been talking to Lara’s people for a long time. James Kirkland, Alfredo Angulo, Vanes Martirosyan, we’re ready for any of them.

“All these so-called killers, they just need to put up or shut up. Deandre is the most avoided fighter in boxing. He’s in the best shape of his career with a world class team of trainers and promoters behind him.

“We welcome the challenge to all these so-called killers. We’re ready to give the fans what they want, A REAL FIGHT. We’ve wanted to fight the best for the last nine months but they keep dodging us,” continued Smith.

The Latimore/Sharpe bout is the chief undercard support to the HBO televised Welterweight World Championship between Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz.

The 25 year old Latimore, a native of St. Louis, now training in the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada, is currently world ranked #7 by the International Boxing Federation. He raised his record to 21-3-0 (17KO’s) with a brutal third round stoppage of Darien Ford on July 24th.

Having faced numerous world title challengers and contenders, Sharpe enters the matchup against Latimore with a record of 17-6-3 (4KO’s).

“I’ve been training with Ray Franklin and Jacob Chavez here in Las Vegas for the last few months at The Hit Factory. Even though I didn’t have a fight planned until recently, I’ve been staying in shape and staying sharp,” said Latimore.

On April 24, 2009, Latimore challenged St. Louis cross-town rival Cory Spinks for the IBF Junior Middleweight Title, dropping a very close split decision.

“That’s the belt I want to fight for again. Hopefully after this bout I can challenge either Erislandy Lara or Carlos Molina for the #1 contender position,” continued Latimore. “I just went to their fight here in Las Vegas and I know I can beat either guy that the IBF orders me to fight.” The Lara/Molina bout ended in a twelve round draw.

Specifically speaking about his training, trainer Ray Franklin stated, “It’s a 365 day, year round conditioning program. The road work consists of high intensity spring workouts and alternate types of runs. For sparring we’ve been alternating with numerous fighters including (former world champion) Zab Judah and Diego Magdaleno.”

Also in camp with Latimore is highly respected sports medicine doctor, John Pierce, who has assisted in taking the southpaw’s training to the highest level.

Since turning professional five years, Latimore has fought under the St. Louis based Rumble Time Promotions banner. He is co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment of New York City.

Along with Steve Smith, Rumble Time Promotions is comprised of chief financial officer Gail Hull, match maker Derrick Spicer, recruiting and development, former world champion Harold Petty, vice president/attorney Blake Fischer and Bob Barton, webmaster/photographer.

Rumble Time Promotions, a leader in the promotion of mixed martial arts and professional boxing, has consistently promoted world class fighters, working with numerous broadcasts networks. Among the fighters under their banner are Deandre Latimore, Dannie Williams, Willie Nelson and Prenice Brewer.

Additional announcements regarding other top prospects joining the Rumble Time Promotions team will be made shortly.

For more information on Rumble Time Promotions, please visit their website at

Tickets to their events can be purchased by calling 312-662-2000.

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