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|Height||5 ft 10 in|
November 22, 1986|
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
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Yahu Blackwell (born 1986) is an American Cruiser-weight boxer.
Blackwell began boxing at the age of seven, compiling a 156–28 amateur record, as a cruiserweight, ultimately winning the South Atlantic Championship. He lost his professional debut in 2009, breaking his hand, after cutting too much weight and reaching dangerous levels of dehydration after losing thirty pounds in one day. In 2014 he was named the number one contender by the World Boxing Union (WBU) for the WBU America and WBU Intercontinental title. He later became the WBU novice world champion and earned a top ten ranking within the organization.
Blackwell has a 15–0 record in the International Boxing League (IBL), including twelve knock-outs. He has trained under Floyd Mayweather Sr., Freddie Roach, and Roger Mayweather. He has also trained with Roberta Jalnaiz. In 2016 he began fighting on Comcast Sports Net, with an initial fight set for August 20, 2016. On April 6th, 2017, Yahu Blackwell returned to the ABC knocking out 220 pound heavyweight pugilist Benjamin Hernandez. He won with a one-two combination and a straight right hand in the second round, scoring a knockout victory over Hernandez in Tijuana,Mexico.
Professional boxing record
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He is a supporter of the My Sister Cares Foundation in Cameroon, where he has funded the construction of new orphanages. In 2017, he released a mobile app entitled "Crypto Boxers, The People's Champ"</ref>. In October 2017, Blackwell closed a deal with Rita's Italian Ice to open his first franchise in 2018.
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