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One of the most decorated amateur boxers to come out of the Washington, D.C. area in years, 20-year-old Lamont Roach Jr.
One of the most decorated amateur boxers to come out of the Washington, D.C. area in years, 20-year-old Lamont Roach Jr. has been taking the next step in his career as a professional boxer, and as a member of the Golden Boy Promotions roster, his future in the lightweight division is a bright one. A decorated amateur whose accolades include five Ringside World Championships, a 2011 National PAL Championship, two Junior National Golden Gloves Championships, and 2013 National and National Golden Gloves titles, as well as a USA Boxing Outstanding Boxer award, Roach Jr. has been boxing since the age of nine. Nine years after he put on gloves for the first time, he made his professional debut with a four-round decision win over Victor Galindo on April 19, 2014. Seven more victories have followed, three by knockout, with his most recent win a six-round decision win over Christian Santibanez on June 30, 2015. Making his first appearance on the grand stage at Madison Square Garden, Roach Jr. battled Jose Bustos on October 17, 2015, as part of the undercard for Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux, and collided with Jesus Lule-Raya on the March 5, 2016 Luis Ortiz vs. Tony Thompson undercard. Roach Jr. extended his undefeated record, notching unanimous decisions win in six rounds over Bustos and in eight rounds over Lule-Raya. Continuing his winning streak, Roach, Jr. successfully took on Mexico's Jose Arturo Esquivel in an eight-round lightweight bout on the non-televised undercard of Canelo vs. Khan at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both fighters entered the ring cautiously, feeling out each other. Lamont then stunned the Mexican fighter with a series of shots to the face and body, and quickly began to take control, overwhelming him. The final round saw the likes of both fighters putting on a show, but the clear winner of the bout was Roach, Jr. who led with his notable ring tactics and was awarded the unanimous decision victory by the judges.