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It was about 18 months ago when a friend brought to my attention a young boxer who aspired to turn professional.
I figured that if this kid was worth anything then somebody in sport of boxing would know him by now and he’d already be signed to one of the promotional giants.
Subsequently I met the young fellow of over some Roscoes Chicken ‘N Waffles and was immediately impressed with his confidence.
Claude Staten Jr. aka “Claudy Boy” is a 5’11 122 pounder, of mixed race with Black and Asian blood who had his own blue print for his boxing career.
At 25 years old and a very limited background, you better be able to fight or you might quickly find yourself as someone’s sparring partner.
His next order of business was his self financed homeless feeding tour in downtown Los Angeles where he rented a U Hall and unloaded hundreds of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, he gave them clothing items and talked to them.
The homeless folk didn’t know Staten Jr. from a can of paint, but they will remember what he did, something many more famous and affluent athletes who hail from this town has done.
Staten Jr. is from Brooklyn, New York and came here to launch his career in the sport, but it didn’t take off until March of this year when “Claudy Boy” finally stepped into the boxing ring.
I had initiated a call to Golden Boy Promotions on behalf of Staten Jr. to open the door and he has since driven his truck right into the place.
“Claudy Boy” sealed his date on the undercard of the Hopkins fight by agreeing to sell $14,000 worth of tickets, which were purchased on his behalf up-front.
He then went out and fought southpaw Mike Hill and floored him twice before earning a unanimous decision victory.
Staten Jr. moved from Los Angeles to Atlanta because it was less expensive for him to live and is currently managing and promoting himself.
Word is that Golden Boy is going to have him on their undercard for an August card in Brooklyn.
“I just want to be the best fighter that I can be. I love the sport and this is all I want to do. It doesn’t hurt that I am pretty good at it,” Staten Jr. told the Sentinel from the ATL this week.
What he has going for him are model looks, two blazing fast fist, footwork like Fred Astaire and the confidence of a young Muhammad Ali.
That right there is as good a starting kit as you will get, especially for a guy who is quicker with the beak and the feet than a New York minute.