Highly regarded lightweight amateur standout Antton Slaughter has signed exclusive promotional and managerial contracts with promoter Terry Trekas of One Punch Productions and former world champion Nate Campbell’s VooDoo Management. The 5′ 6″ twenty year-old Slaughter, compiled an impressive amateur record of 125-5 with 40 KOs during which he won the Ohio State Golden Gloves 7 times and fought in the 2008 Olympic trials. ”I know I won the Gonzalez fight, but the judges didn’t see it my way” said Slaughter. “I could try for the 2012 Games, but I think my style is better suited for the pros, so it’s time to make the move.”
Campbell evaluated Slaughter the same way he evaluates every fighter he is considering signing: The former unified lightweight champion got in the ring with the prospect! ”If I’m gonna sign someone, then he’s gotta do some rounds with me so I know what I’m working with,” explained Campbell. “I like this kid. I like him alot. Great fundamentals, can punch a bit, and he has heart. Coach (Will) Reeves has done a great job developing him, and hopefully he will continue to do so as we move forward.”
Trekas was also pleased with the acquisition of Slaughter. “I don’t just sign anyone and everyone with an amateur passbook and a pair of boxing shoes,” said Trekas. “There has to be a certain fit. And Anton fits what we look for in talent. He has confidence in his abilities, he has a good head on his shoulders and he has the determination to be champion. I expect big things for him in the future.”
Slaughter is expected to make his pro debut at jr. lightweight in Tampa on either May 21 or July 16.