Rock Blackwell ready to become a household name

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Updated: July 27, 2015
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Rock Blackwell trains for his upcoming match airing on Comcast Sports Net

Rock Blackwell trains with gold medalist Roberto Jalnaiz, as he prepares for his upcoming match airing on Comcast Sports Net.

There is more to boxing outside of Floyd Mayweather, in case you weren’t aware. Yes, Mayweather deserves the attention he gets because he’s a flawless 48-0 inside the ring, but he isn’t the only boxer worth mentioning.

Another young and steadily upcoming boxer that has made a name for himself is light heavyweight World Boxing Union (WBU) champion Rock Blackwell.

The 28-year-old has recently signed a deal with Comcast Sports Net (CSN) where his matches will be aired live in approximately 50 million homes, so be prepared to hear this name more and more in the near future.

Blackwell has spent time training with Floyd’s father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., Floyd’s uncle, Roger Mayweather, as well as Freddie Roach, who currently trains Manny Pacquiao — another popular name in the boxing world. So Blackwell is working with the best, because he’s determined to be mentioned in the same breath as other greats who have participated in this sport.

He is now training alongside Roberto Jalnaiz, a four-time boxing Olympian who won a gold medal in the 1990 Asian games in the men’s bantamweight division.

“Rock Blackwell is an excellent boxer and will one day win the WBC (World Boxing Council) light heavyweight championship,” Jalnaiz said about his new trainee.

Blackwell, a Baltimore, MD native, had a very impressive amateur career, going 156-28 before turning professional and fighting overseas. He had a 15-0 record as a light heavyweight internationally and is now boxing under the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) in the United States.

He was ranked in the top 10 by the WBU and International Boxing Union (IBU) last year, but is looking to turn even more heads here in 2015.

He last fought Alano Baldomero in April, where he won handily by unanimous decision. Blackwell is now focused on his upcoming bout, which is expected to air on Comcast Sports Net in October of this year.

Keep an eye out for Blackwell, as we’re all eager for that next exciting boxer to take Mayweather’s place as the face of the sport.

Josiah Turner

Josiah Turner

Josiah is the founder and editor-in-chief at Sideline Sports Report. He is a writer for ESPN, and has written for Rant Sports and FanSided covering the Washington Redskins. He's also covered high school basketball for Virginia Preps (Rivals.com). Josiah is from Chesapeake, VA and a college graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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