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100 Percent inks Ohio fighters

100 Percent Management Group of Florida has invaded Ohio and signed two of the state’s hottest undefeated prospects in light-middleweight Dante “The Phenom” Moore and jr. lightweight Yaundale “Money Shot” Evans. “I think the best young talent in this country happens to be in Ohio,” said 100 Percent’s President, Paul DeBlasi, who flew to Cleveland last weekend to ink Evans and Moore. “With the exception of Kelly Pavlik, none of these promising fighters has had professional guidance. I will change that and I plan to sign more fighters from this state.”

The 21-year-old Evans turned pro with DeBlasi last August and already has compiled an 8-0 record. “I don’t need to baby him. He had 185 amateur fights and will be ready for 10 rounds by early next year,” said DeBlasi. “I’ve been so happy with Evans that I gave him a new contract last weekend.”

Evans is trained by Renard Safo, who also guides unbeaten welterweight Willie Nelson (15-0) and U.S. national amateur champions Terrell Gausha and Cashmere Jackson. Moore, just 20 years old, was also a highly decorated amateur, winning the U.S. Jr. Olympic title in 2005. Now 6-0-1 as a pro, Moore plans to be more active now that 100 Percent has teamed with trainers Darrell Moore and Joe Delguyd. “I’ve only had seven fights in almost three years, so this is the right move for me. I need to fight at least every six weeks or so,” said Moore.

DeBlasi signed Moore after hearing promoter Mike Acri rave about the young Cleveland boxer. “He told me Dante was the best young fighter he had seen in his region in 10 years. Paul Spadafora said the same. Mike’s a great judge of talent and I can’t wait to get him to the next level.”

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