Heavyweight prospect Justin Davenport (1-0-1, 1 KO) has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Thompson Boxing Promotions. The six-foot-six, 255-pound Davenport fought on the undercard of a recent Thompson Boxing event. He thrilled the crowd when he delivered a stunning first-round, one-punch knockout of Justin Goslee. Shortly thereafter, both sides began discussions on a promotional deal.
“Justin has the size, strength and determination to do wonderful things in the heavyweight division,” said Ken Thompson, president of Thompson Boxing Promotions. “The lack of a dominant American heavyweight is missing from the sport. We view Justin as a breath of fresh air and we plan on developing him quick, getting him the experience he needs to develop into a top contender.”
“I am extremely grateful to Ken and Alex Camponovo of Thompson Boxing for giving me this opportunity,” Davenport said. “I love everything there is about the sport. The training aspect, the nutrition side, everything is done with a purpose. Since it’s an individual sport, you get what you put in, and I plan on being the first one to enter the gym and the last one to leave.”
The 28-year-old Davenport picked up the sport four years ago and had a brief amateur career going 8-0 with 3 knockouts. Davenport, a former basketball player at Fullerton Junior College in Orange County, Calif., is a natural athlete that is accustomed to the daily grind of roadwork and ring time that boxing requires.
Davenport looks for his second straight knockout victory Friday when he faces the equally young and talented Edward Ramirez (1-0, 1 KO) of Yuma, Ariz. in a four-round bout. Davenport-Ramirez is part of the “New Blood” undercard promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions taking place this Friday at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif