Brandon Adams (boxer)

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Brandon Adams
Brandon "The Cannon" Adams.jpg
Brandon "The Cannon" Adams, March 2019. Elite Pro Boxing Gym, Los Angeles, CA
Statistics
Nickname(s)Cannon
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Reach178 cm (70 in)
NationalityAmerican
BornBrandon Quincy Adams
(1989-07-31) July 31, 1989 (age 29)
Los Angeles, United States
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights24
Wins21
Wins by KO13
Losses3
Draws0
No contests0

Brandon Quincy Adams (born July 31, 1989) is an American professional boxer and winner of The Contender (season 5), taking the title against Shane Mosley Jr.[1] He is currently ranked #6 by the World Boxing Organization in the Middleweight Division.[2] Adams is trained by Dub Huntley and Freddie Roach, the trainer for Manny Pacquiao.[3]

Under the guidance of Huntley, Adams turned pro after only two years as an amateur. He currently holds a professional boxing record of winning 21 of 24 fights.[4]

Early life[edit]

Adams was born on July 31, 1989 between Compton and Watts in Los Angeles, California.  He fought against involvement with gangs and drugs early on in life, surviving through what he calls “faith and a courageous sense of humor.” Eager to participate in sports as a youth, but shunned for his family’s troubled reputation in the streets of Compton and Watts, Adams found a way around the hardships of the neighborhood by using the discipline of boxing as a way to better his opportunities in life and to defend himself.[5] “I saw my older brothers get shot, lost best friends within 100 feet from where I lie my head,” Adams explained. “I had to defend myself from being bullied because fighting was a reality of the streets. Being very small for my age, certainly the smallest of all my friends, I naturally had more to prove.”

Quickly gaining a reputation after winning several backyard brawls, Brandon’s neighbor "Big Al" took notice and brought him into the professional and legalized world of boxing. Introducing him into the ‘last old school boxing gym” in South Central Los Angeles, Big Al became Brandon’s mentor and first trainer. “My neighbor Big Al saw my enthusiasm to box and make it out of the backyard, so he began taking me to the gym,” Adams explained of his mentor. “Al introduced me to everyone in the gym, he had me do strength and conditioning in the same sessions as my training. He was a male figure that stepped in to try to mentor and help me, and I’m forever grateful.”

Career[edit]

In the same gym, Brandon eventually developed into a world class boxer under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer Dub Huntley, a trainer portrayed in the film Million Dollar Baby. [5]“Dub would say I need to turn pro ASAP. I started training at 19, my first amateur fight was at 20, My first professional fight at 21. A feat nearly unheard of in the boxing industry. I was moving really fast because they believed in me,” Adams said. “I went pro inside of two years, which is very unusual. Dub had multiple world champions and when he saw me train, he said I was ready to turn pro, he told me I would be a world champion."

After years of victories, Adams earned his nickname “The Cannon,” dominating several local showcases and accumulating an undefeated record in fights across the United States and in Mexico. Gaining the attention of the boxing community, Adams was requested for training camps by boxing contenders Shawn “Showtime” Porter, Gennady Golovkin (“GGG”) and Antonio Margarito (“The Tijuana Tornado”). In 2013, he signed with Banner Promotions and in 2015, he participated in ESPN’s nationally televised annual Boxcino Tournament.[5]

He ultimately finished runner-up in the tournament after a false blood doping accusation severely affected his training regiment, his ability to meet the required weight class, and his energy during the fight. A defeated fighter had falsely accused him of taking performance enhancers, which required Adams to be cleared by the Boxing Commission. After their independent blood tests cleared him to fight, he only had two days to lose twelve pounds. He accomplished this through the usage of sweat creams, sauna suits, and running. The extreme measures depleted his strength and caused him to lose the second round.[5]

Relegating to full recovery mode over the next few years, in 2018 Brandon was invited to join Season 5 of the EPIX network television show The Contender. The show revived his career, leading to his victory over Shane Mosley Jr. for the show finale and championship. Unfortunately, Big Al passed away from a heart attack during this time. Although severely affected by Big Al's death, Adams will fight in June against Jermall Charlo in Houston, Texas[6]. Airing on Showtime with big box office appeal, this fight will mark Brandon's national debut with over one million expected viewers.

Personal life[edit]

Adams currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife and two children. They are expecting their third child in summer 2019. His younger brother, Terrell Adams, is an amateur boxer.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brandon Adams dominates Shane Mosley Jr. over 10, wins Season 5 The Contender". The Ring. 2018-11-10. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  2. ^ "The Contender Champion Brandon Adams now ranked #6 by The WBO". Boxing News - Boxing, UFC and MMA News, Fight Results, Schedule, Rankings, Videos and More. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  3. ^ ""The Contender" Season 5: Recap & Finale Preview - Boxing.com". www.boxing.com. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  4. ^ "BoxRec: Brandon Adams". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  5. ^ a b c d "About". Brandon "The Cannon" Adams. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  6. ^ "Jermall Charlo-Brandon Adams on 6/15 or 6/8, on Showtime". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 2019-05-08.