Photo: Acquinity Sports
Detroit’s dearly departed Emanuel Steward ascended along with his Kronk gym during the economic malaise of the late 70’s and 80’s. Despite or possibly because of their subsequent teetering on the brink of economic ruin, native Detroiters defend their turf with hard-earned pride. One learns to fight quickly in this town.
One young man to emerge from the grand tradition of the many Kronk world champs is the incredibly gifted and gregarious light middleweight sensation Domonique “3D” Dolton (12-0, 7 KOs). Born and bred in the mean streets of Detroit, Dolton prepares to dazzle fight fans at The BB&T Center on the November 30th undercard of Acquinity Sports’ “Beatdown 2012”.
His slick boxing skills and swift footwork so impressed Wladimir Klitschko he would regularly use the 22-year-old Dolton as a sparring partner despite their disparity in both weight and experience. Domonique clarified: “Emanuel and Wladimir would always try to use as many different styles as possible before a fight. My style kept him sharp, kept him fresh. I feel I have some of the best balance in boxing and I’m pretty fast on my feet.”
Last year when Miguel Cotto moved his training camp for the Ricardo Mayorga bout to South Florida he and Dolton also put in some solid rounds where the Puerto Rican star helped him perfect his left hook to the body.
Domonique’s Kronk experience started at the tender age of seven, when an uncle attempted to give him a healthier outlet for his frequent fights at school. Dolton recalls: “I went down there and everybody said nah, he’s too small. I sparred John Jackson and he made me cry because he hit me so many times. He didn’t hurt me but he hit me so many times. I told him I’m gonna be back, and I stuck with it.”
Dolton recently got back to his roots by changing his boxing moniker to the childhood nickname “3D”. He says: “Dynamite was a nickname I was originally given after turning pro. It’s one of my friend’s names and all my friends were hitting me up on Facebook and MySpace to get me to change it back. I told my coach I don’t really care for the name and he told me just change it to your childhood nickname.”
That childhood saw his grandparents raise him, his sister and two brothers while his mother worked two jobs to make ends meet. He credits her sacrifice with helping him succeed and stay out of trouble. Although boxing is now his livelihood, Dolton reveals his competing sports passion is basketball, which he practices for hours after boxing training.
Dolton states: “Everything in life happens for a reason. Sometimes my family didn’t come out to support me coming up in boxing, but I use that pain as motivation.” That motivation fuels his drive towards his career goal to become a world champion some day.
He plans to show South Florida boxing fans the sum result of those countless grueling sparring sessions, promising: “Fans can expect to come out and see a very nice fight. They’re going to see a guy with skills who will come out not just to win but to win impressively.
That’s my motto, to win impressively.”