Yahu “Rock” Blackwell to Make TV Debut in WBU Title Fight

Rock Blackwell

Rising Baltimore-bred boxer Yahu "Rock" Blackwell is slated to make his TV debut this summer in a fight for the WBU cruiserweight title.

The fight takes place on Aug. 20th from the Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton, OK. Then, it will air in October on Comcast SportsNet (CSN), marking his official TV debut.

An opponent is yet to be announced, but the bout is said to be the biggest test of Blackwell's career thus far. Also, it will be an emotional one, as he's dedicated the fight to his mother Sandra, who passed away last summer, due to medical malpractice, says his camp.

The August fight will marks his return to the ABC, and the first fight in his goal of becoming both the WBU and IBU cruiserweight world champion.

"I'm very excited about my TV debut. My time overseas has served me well. We have worked extremely hard, trained in over a dozen world class training camps, and we are ready to handle business in the ABC now," Blackwell says. "The WBU is very important to me. I plan on being the organization's undisputed cruiserweight champion. And after that is accomplished, I'll try my hand at the WBC. 2016, the world will know my name."

Blackwell made his pro debut in 2009, but suffered a loss due to broken right hand. He's since earned victories in 15 consecutive fights in the IBL, racking up 12 knockouts along the way and winning the WBU Novice World Championship. Now 15-1, boxing analysts believe the 29-year-old has a bright future ahead.

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