Alantez Fox to stay busy in his slow-but-sure journey
We stepped down Memory Lane, undefeated middleweight Alantez Fox and me, and chatted about the first time I saw him in action. It was September of 2012; I was calling a card for GoFightLive and two unbeaten pre-prospects were facing off.
Fox (then-8-0), a crazy lanky dude from Maryland, matched tough against Frank Galarza (then-7-0), a rugged Brooklyner, at Resorts World in Queens, New York.
“I gotta be honest,” I told Fox, who gloves up Friday night at the UIC Forum in Chicago against Ronald Montes, “I didn’t expect that I’d be talking to you again, four years later.”
It’s to your credit, I told him, that you are here, 20-0-1 (9 knockouts), edging ever closer to a title crack at 154 pounds.
Thank you, Fox said, as he drifted back to that 2012 night, the evening, which leaves his lossless record a tick from perfection.
“Today, I feel amazing,” the 24-year-old shared, two days from his faceoff, which will run on CBS Sports Network. (The Mike Lee vs. Chris Traietti light heavyweight contest is the main event.) “I feel blessed, after all the promotional and managerial stuff I’ve been through.”
He’s stabilized now, under the DiBella Entertainment banner. But that comes after stints as part of the TKO Promotions crew and Boxing360 after that.
A self described “boxer/puncher,” the 6-foot-5 Fox can dominate from the outside, just using a jab, when he chooses to. He’s happy with his recent trajectory, staying busy, even though he named three fellas at 154 and 160 who turned down fights with him. Fox gets it, he says, that he can elevate quicker out of the Top 35 into the Top 20 by kayoing foes, which he’s done to five of his last six victims: “I’ve been changing my intention recently. I went through a change. I just felt like, ‘I’m gonna get them out of there.'”
Could be bad news bears for Montes, a 17-3 (15 KOs) Colombian who has won one of his last four and has been stopped twice. “I’ve seen some of him on tape,” Fox continued. “He looks strong. I feel ready, even though I got called for this last Friday. I’ve been training in the gym since a week after my fight in July. And my prediction for the fight? A masterful performance, even on short notice!”
Michael Woods can name three fellas from 150-to-275 pounds who would pick a fight with him but that’s only because they were ticked off about his last article. I think we all can agree that, as long as we’re all actually reading something, we’re all winners.
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