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 Last update:  1/9/2013       Read more by David P. Greisman         
   
Introducing Alantez Fox, a 6-foot-5 Junior Middleweight
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by David P. Greisman

One look at Alantez Fox, and he stands out well before he even throws a punch.

Thats because hes 6-foot-5 and fights at junior middleweight. Hes tall and lanky and a prospect who is looking to stand out for reasons besides his height.

Fox, a 20-year-old Maryland resident from just outside of Washington, D.C., will be fighting near his hometown on Jan. 12 against Julius Kennedy.

Last September, Fox was fighting on a card in Queens, N.Y., when he got held to a draw in what he describes as far too favorable scoring for his locally based opponent, Frank Galarza. But his performance brought the attention of promoter Boxing 360, which signed him soon thereafter.

Fox is now 8-0-1 with 4 knockouts. He spoke to BoxingScene.com in early January.

BoxingScene.com: For those boxing fans who arent yet familiar with you, what should they know about Alantez Fox?

Fox: Im a crowd pleaser. Of course, if they dont know who I am, I am tall. Im light middleweight, and Im 65. I got a good jab. Definitely good movement. I almost want to say Im untouchable in the ring.

BoxingScene.com: Youre a 6-foot-5 junior middleweight. What kind of advantages do you feel that brings for you when in the ring?

Fox: Well my length coupled with my movement makes it almost impossible to hit me. You have to fight past my jab and my right hand, and its really hard to get in there. But the movement helps out, too, because its going to help me keep my distance no matter what.

BoxingScene.com: Are there any other tall, lanky boxers you model yourself after?

Fox: Of course I like watching Tommy Hearns. I wish I had a right hand like that. I look at other rangy boxers, but mostly Tommy Hearns. As far as movement, I look at Ray Leonard. I like his footwork. I like his flash and pizzazz in the ring. I like to be crowd-pleasing, too. I like the oohs and ahhs, and for people to be surprised at how tall I am and how good I can be at dancing around my opponent.

BoxingScene.com: Have you always fought at junior middleweight?

Fox: I guess over these last two or three years, Ive gotten big and probably solidified at 154. But at first I tried to fight at 141 for a second, but my growth spurt came and went so fast. I went from 58 to 65, from 9th grade to now. The height brought some weight, too. I was 58 in 8th grade and went up to 6-1 in my freshman year of high school. I probably just got to 65.

BoxingScene.com: What do you walk around at? And do you see yourself filling out and moving up in weight as you grow older and mature as a fighter?

Fox: I want to cap off at about 160, no more than maybe 168. Of course I got some growing to do. Im only 20. By the time Im about 25, Ill probably be fighting at 160.

BoxingScene.com: What do you walk around at?

Fox: If Im not training at all, I get up to 170. If Im training consistently, I walk around maybe about 165.

BoxingScene.com: When did you start boxing, and why?

Fox: I started boxing at 8. I met some of my teammates from football, and they were all at the gym. My father was always an avid boxing fan, so once he found out there was a boxing gym in the area, he brought me over there.

BoxingScene.com: What do you know about your opponent for Jan. 12, Julius Kennedy?

Fox: I know hes 58. I know hes going to keep coming forward. He went 10 rounds already, I think, a couple of times. I also know he took off for a whole year, so that ring rust I think is going to get to him, too.

BoxingScene.com: Youre fighting near your hometown, which Im sure means you want to put on a particularly good show. Is it more important to try to get this guy out of there early, or to get more rounds under your belt instead?

Fox: I want to get the rounds. I want to say Im going to put him out as fast as possible, but I want to get the rounds as well. I think its more important to get the rounds. If I got in there and try really hard to knock him out, I can gas out. I dont want to gas out. Thats just going to make me look bad in front of my hometown.

BoxingScene.com: Why is it more important for you to get the rounds?

Fox: I dont want to be fighting six-round fights for so long. Im hoping we can move up to eight-round fights within this year. So getting the rounds is just going to help me get used to working for a longer time and building up stamina. People who knock out people really fast, they can drown because theyre not used to going that long. Of course, knockouts will always be good. Thats always nice for the record. But if I dont get him out there and go the rounds, thats great, too.

BoxingScene.com: Youre starting 2013 at 8-0-1 with 4 knockouts. Where do you want to be by the end of the year?

Fox: By the end of the year, Im thinking maybe 13-0 or 14-0 with, I see, maybe 8 knockouts.

BoxingScene.com: And where do you see yourself in terms of your development?

Fox: Of course I think I got potential to be a world champion. I want to be up there with the Adrien Broners. A person up there like Keith Thurman, hes rising the ranks, hes on HBO, so Im hoping Ill be on HBO pretty soon. By the time Im 13-0, Im almost positive somebody will be calling to try to me on ESPN or ShoBox: The Next Generation.

As far as future wise, Im hoping for the best. Im hoping for it all: 154, light middleweight champion; 160, middleweight champion; and at the most, super middleweight champion, and go up there with the Andre Wards. Thats pretty much my dream.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at fightingwords1@gmail.com




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comment by GKMC, on 01-09-2013
[QUOTE=Rocky Rode]There's a few NBA PG's built like that. They're not listed at 154, but I bet this guy's walking around weight is in the high 160's. Shaun Livingston is 6'7" and weighs 170. Gabe Pruitt is 6'4" and was listed at 170 when he first got drafted. There's quite a few PG's you can f...

comment by b morph, on 01-09-2013
6'5 and fights at jr middleweight? thats insane, but i've seen a lot of tall guys get beat by smaller guys so i guess we'll see what happens, but seriously, 6'5 at jr middleweight, most HW's are shorter

comment by Rocky Rode, on 01-09-2013
There's a few NBA PG's built like that. They're not listed at 154, but I bet this guy's walking around weight is in the high 160's. Shaun Livingston is 6'7" and weighs 170. Gabe Pruitt is 6'4" and was listed at 170 when he first got drafted. There's quite a few PG's you can find who are between ...

comment by kiaba360, on 01-09-2013
He better have some pop behind his shots, or that height/reach ain't gonna amount to much of an advantage.

comment by viperz007, on 01-09-2013
[QUOTE=MR. LARRYX][/QUOTE] the short guy is fighting the stupid tall guy's game stick in close to the tall dude ://///

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