Amir Imam

Weightclass: Super Lightweight

  • 21wins

  • 1losses

  • 0draws

  • 18kos

AGE:
27
Birthplace:
Albany, New York
Height:
5'10.5"
reach:
74"
Managers:
Stacy McKinley
Trainers:
Stacy McKinley

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Amir "Young Master" Imam

At the age of 27, Amir is a six-year pro. The WBC’s No. 1 ranked mandatory world title challenger at 140 pounds, he was an accomplished amateur before his debut.

He has won three fights in a row, all by knockout, since his only loss in November, 2015.

In his last fight on November 11 in Fresno, California, Amir won by fourth-round TKO against Johnny Garcia.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Amir Imam dominated and stopped Johnny Garcia in the fourth round to clear the final hurdle to a world title fight.

The Don King-promoted Imam won his third fight in a row…. Garcia gave him no issues. Imam broke him down with a stiff jab and steady body attack.

In the fourth round, Imam nailed Garcia with a right hand to the head that dropped him to one knee. Garcia was up at the count of eight and survived the rest of the round, but when it was over [the] referee waved off the fight in the corner.

Imam is the mandatory challenger for one of the 140-pound world titles recently vacated by undisputed world champion Terence Crawford to move up in weight. Imam was ordered to face main-event fighter Jose Ramirez, so to keep them on the same schedule, Imam was added to his undercard against Garcia in a tune-up. [End Rafael item]

Amir said, “Jose is a really good, tough opponent, and I know what I’ve got to do to get the win.

“I never knew Jose in the amateurs. I know he was at the Trials and went to the Olympics, but I was in a different weight class than him. I never ran into him as a pro, either.

“This is a tough fight for both of us, so the best man will take the ‘W.’ Boxing needs great fights like this.

“Be sure to tune in to see it – ‘And the new!’ ”

In an earlier interview, Amir said, “My style – entertaining. I come to fight and I put on a show. I take care of business – you don’t get paid for overtime. I can do it all. I can be a pressure fighter, a boxer, whatever I need, I can push it up. You’ve got to adapt to what’s in front of you – that’s all it is.

“I can’t let nobody take this away from me. This is how I eat. My dream is coming true. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.

“My coach, Stacy, gave me my nickname. There is an old-school fighter named Joe Gans and his nickname was the ‘Old Master.’ I just switched it up and put it to the Young Master. A lot of the things I do in the ring – I got a lot of good technical skills and stuff like that.”

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Amir said, “I was born and raised in Albany, New York. I have one brother and two sisters. My mother is a CPS worker – Child Protective Service. My dad works in a restaurant. He’s the supervisor in the kitchen, or something like that. I’m the only boxer in the family – just me myself.

“I wanted to start boxing when I was 11, but the age limit at my gym was 12 so that’s when I started. A good friend of mine named Ricardo Caldwell, he used to go to the gym. I just started out one day, and ever since then I’ve been in love with it.

“I had about 95 amateur fights, 99, somewhere around there. I had about 85 wins and probably 16 losses. I can’t remember exactly.

“I competed in a lot of national tournaments – the Junior Olympics, the Silver Gloves, the Golden Gloves.

“I boxed as an amateur for eight or nine years, then I went to the Olympic Trials. I lost in the finals and after that, I was ready to go pro. I got connected with Stacey McKinley and Don King and ever since then, there’s been nothing but good things. I turned pro at 20 and I moved to Florida.

“I’m naturally right-handed. I’m single, no kids.

“A bunch of people from my family are coming to the fight – my cousins, my sisters, my brothers, my mother and my aunts. The fight is in New York, and I have a lot of support from where I come from. I’ve got family there, and I know it’s a lot of people in Albany, too.”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2011 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS – Mobile, Alabama, 152 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-31-11 he won a 27-23 decision against Luis Olivares of Glendale, Ariz.; in his second fight on 8-1-11 he won a 40-10 decision against Arturo Trujillo of Easton, Penn.; in the quarterfinals on 8-3-11 he lost a 19-12 decision against Errol Spence of DeSoto, Tex.; in the challengers’ bracket finals on 8-4-11 he won a 31-23 decision against Samuel Vazquez of Ft. Carson, Colo.; in the finals on 8-5-11 he lost a 24-19 decision against Errol Spence of DeSoto, Tex….

2011 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs, Colorado, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 6-20-11 he lost a 14-9 decision against Thomas Duquette of Waltham, Mass….

2011 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Colorado Springs Colorado, 141 pounds: in his first fight on 4-25-11 he won a decision against Andy Vences of California; in his second fight on 4-27-11 he won a decision against Samuel Teah of Pennsylvania; in the quarterfinals on 4-29-11 he lost a decision against George Rincon of Texas…

2010 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – San Antonio, Texas, 141 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 10-6-10 he stopped Davonn Boone at 1:38 of the 2nd round; in his second fight on 10-7-10 he won a 10-0 decision against Justin Pauldo of Orlando Fla.; in the quarterfinals on 10-8-06 he won a 7-2 decision against Ronald Gibbs of Baltimore, Md.; in the semifinals on 10-9-10 he won a 9-5 decision against Abel Ramos of Eloy, Ariz.; in the finals on 10-10-10 he lost a 9-3 decision against Pedro Sosa of Bronx, N.Y….

2005 SILVER GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – 85 pounds/14-15 year-old division – GOLD MEDALIST [incomplete results]: in the finals on 2-3-05 he defeated Antwuan Smalls of Marinette, Wisc….

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…had a strong amateur background…

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 6 years, 4 months…22 fights…81 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.6 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: of total fights – 81 %…of wins – 85 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 1 (1-0)…8 rounds – 2 (2-0)…

fight history

  • 2011

    On 12-9-11 in Kissimmee, FL, he won by TKO (4th round, 2:50) against left handed Joseph Fernandez (2-0-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Glenn Donaire vs. Alex Sanchez main event…

    He debuted on his 21st birthday on 11-5-11 in Hollywood and won a 4 round unanimous decision against Christian Steele (1-1): the bout was on the undercard at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Amir dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards…

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  • 2012

    On 11-16-12 in Hallandale Beach, FL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Anthony Walker (5-1-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Angelo Santana vs. Johnny Garcia main event; Amir rocked Walker with a series of punches in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59…

    On 6-23-12 in Hollywood, FL, he won by TKO (1st round) against Kelvin Williams (1-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Tony Grano vs. DaVarryl Williamson main event; Amir scored three knockdowns in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59…

    On 4-14-12 in Miami, FL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against John Willoughby (3-11): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at the Miami Jai Alai Fronton, and Amir quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown in the 1st round, then staggered Willoughby with a right hand in the 2nd and the referee stopped the fight at 1:17…

    On 2-10-12 in Palm Bay, FL, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Devaris Crayton (7-11-2): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at the Community Center; Amir staggered Crayton with a right hand-left hook combination in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:19…

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  • 2013

    On 12-20-13 in Queens, NY, he won by knockout (1st round) against Sergio Perez (28-15): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Resorts World Casino, and Amir quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 1st round, and Perez was counted out at 0:52…

    On 10-19-13 in Villa Duarte, DR, he won by TKO (2nd round, 2:49) against Jose Rodriguez (3-17-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured at Club Calero; Amir overpowered Rodriguez in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:49…

    On 5-24-13 in Santo Domingo, DR, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Miguelo Tavarez (0-19): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at Club Maquiteria; Amir scored a knockdown in the 1st round, and Tavarez did not continue after the 2nd round…

    On 4-12-13 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (2nd round) against Jeremy Bryan (16-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured with the Baha Mamadjonov vs. Angelo Santana main event, and it ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Amir scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:13…

    On 3-9-13 in Santo Domingo, DR, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Alejandro Lebron (4-45-3): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at Coliseo Carlos ‘Teo’ Cruz; Amir scored two knockdowns in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown in the 2nd, and Lebron did not continue after the round…

    On 2-16-03 in Guachupita, DR, he won by TKO (2nd round) against Franklin Frias (3-20-3): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard at Gimnasio Joan Guzman; Amir quickly overpowered him, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:52 of the 2nd round……

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