Lights, camera action. Super Middleweight Lanell Bellows (14-1-1) 7KO’s faces Antowyan Aikens (10-0-1) February 16th at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, Las Vegas, Nevada on “Toe to Toe Tuesdays” live on FS1 8 PM Pacific time and promoted by Premier Boxing Champions. Lanell is excited to be part of TMT (The Money Team) and has been improving his boxing skills and strategy with every ‘W’ in the victory column. He is a hard-working and dedicated fighter in the gym as well as a devoted father outside the ropes. Lanell’s positive attitude and energy will take him far in the sport. Let’s visit with Lanell:
What inspired you to lace up the gloves?
I boxed in the neighborhood so when I got in a boxing gym it felt like the right thing to do. I always liked fighting anyway.
How has boxing changed your life?
It’s given me a focus and a standard of how I can teach my kids to become better men and allows me to know anything I want I can have as long as I work hard for it. And its got me living better than my street money did…
Describe the atmosphere of being part of TMT?
It’s always 100% competition yet motivating. We motivate each other to be the very best.
Who is on Team KO Bellows?
My head trainer is Otis Pimpleton, Rafael Ramos is my chief second; my brother Marcele Johnson and Bob Ware is my cut-man & wraps my hands.
Favorite part of training?
Least favorite part of training?
What do you know about your opponent?
He’s 10-0 with one draw and he’s going to lose on February 16th.
How has training been going for this fight?
It’s going exceptional and we’re having a good time. All the pieces of the puzzle are coming together and we’re properly prepared for this opportunity
Who have you been sparring with?
J Leon Love, Lionel Thompson, a few others.
How does it feel to finally make your television debut? Any butterflies?
It feels great – feel like I’m taking my boxing game to another level. No butterflies – I’m just hungry and want to do my best and show what my “hard work dedication” is all about.
What is your biggest motivation so far in your career?
Who would you love to fight in the future?
Anybody that has a belt.
Lightning Round: Describe these fighters in one word.
Arthur Abraham: champion
James Degale: lefty
Badou Jack: teammate AND champion
Gilberto Ramirez: undefeated (for now)
Andre Dirrell: good friend
George Groves: good fighter
Anthony Dirrell: the DOG
Fedor Chudinov: up and coming
Callum Smith: prospect.
Boxing Diva Questions:
Fav food: Kit Kat bars
Fav exercise: Sparring
Describe yourself in three words: Destined for greatness.
Never guess about you: No answer.
Your motto: Only the strong survive.
What scares you? Losing my family.
How do you spend your free time? Hanging with my sons and my family.
Your superhero power: Telepathy.
Favorite boxing movie: Hurricane with Denzel Washington.
What do people get wrong about you? I’m not as mean as I look.
If I came to dinner what would you prepare? Shrimp fettuccine and corn bread.
Your happy place: Anytime I put a smile on both of my sons faces.
For Valentine’s Day.. Love is….passing me by…( laughs)
How can we keep boxing strong? Keep making the fights people want to see.
Message to your fans:
“It’s been a long road to the top, but we’re on our way. Buckle your seat-belt and enjoy the ride.”