By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
LOOKING ahead to the promise of future prospects, Amron Sands and his team plans to seek more opportunities in the Northern United States.
Fighting primarily in Florida for the first two years of his career thus far, Sands said his management and promotional groups are already in the preliminary stages of solidifying a fight in New York as he expands out of the Florida area.
On Saturday, Sands defeated Daniel Najera of Mexico via first-round stoppage on the undercard of “Rumble In The Bay” at the JCC Center in Tampa, Florida. “After the fight he [Lou DiBella] called me and we are already lining up our next fight. The next fight will definitely be in New York so now we will be moving up there to get more exposure, stepping up the competition.”
Sands remained undefeated after a pair of knockdowns brought an abrupt ending to the fight as he improved to 10-0.
“It was very good. We stuck to the gameplan and did what we were supposed to do to come out with the W,” he told Sidestep Boxing.
“I played basketball, I’m used to changing angles so it’s just the transition to boxing that makes me stand out. My style in the ring, it looks beautiful as a heavyweight, because heavyweights don’t do that, they are more [plodding] but with me using my angles and moving light on my feet it separates me from them. With a big name like Lou DiBella behind me, moving like that and fighting like that, we’re only going to the top.”
The 25-year-old Sands has scored early knockouts this year against Hector Hodge in the opening frame and, most recently, a second-round stoppage of Thomas Hawkins on August 23.
Prior to last weekend’s win, Sands was last in the ring when he defeated Thomas Hawkins via knockout one minute and nine seconds into round two, also at the Bryan Glazer JCC Auditorium.
“Keep following, I never forget my people, 242 y’all know I represent y’all and thank you Florida for welcoming me, I represent y’all as well,” he said.
Under Kevin Dever Sports Management, Sands joined DiBella Entertainment and finished off 2019 with three fights in a four-month span.
“I signed with DiBella Entertainment because Lou is one of the most trustworthy promoters in boxing and he has great relationships in the business to get my name out there. I know that, with his guidance, I can become the heavyweight champion of the world. I can box and I can bang and I’m what the heavyweight division needs. I’m very excited about my future and am ready to put in the work,” Sands said.
He made his heavyweight debut with a TKO win over Julio Mendoza at the Lakeland Events Center in Lakeland, Florida, on August 5 2017.
He followed with consecutive knockout wins over Eric Evans (November 18 at the Crossroads Arena in Corinth) and Kendrick Houston (February 17 2018 at the Orlando Live Event Center).
He spoiled the debut for Darrell Parker with a TKO at the Florida State Fairgrounds Hall in Tampa on May 18.
Sands made his pro debut at home on the undercard of “The Backyard Rumble” with a unanimous decision over Jerry Butler on May 26.
He returned to the US and scored a knockout win over Cade Rodriguez on July 21. He then defeated American journeyman Francois Russell via second-round TKO on the undercard of Friday Night Brawl, hosted at the JCC Auditorium.