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One of the first fighters to sign with Golden Boy Promotions in 2016, Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis is a top welterweight prospect with world championship ambitions.
One of the first fighters to sign with Golden Boy Promotions in 2016, Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis is a top welterweight prospect with world championship ambitions. “I am glad to be part of the Golden Boy Promotions team,” said Ellis. “Being part of such a great organization that prides itself on putting on the best fights in the industry really gives me confidence that they will take my career to the next level. My dream is to become a world champion, and with Golden Boy at my side I know that opportunity is now a possibility.” Fighting is in the blood of the 23-year-old native of Lynn, Massachusetts, as his brother Ronald and sister Rashida are talented up and comers as well, and while karate was Ellis’ first love, he soon moved to boxing, where he compiled a 60-11 amateur record that included a trio of New England Golden Gloves titles and a PAL crown. In 2013, Ellis took his talents to the professional game, where he debuted with a decision win over Josh Beeman. After winning his first four bouts, he became a popular attraction on the Caribbean boxing circuit, where he has fought his last ten fights, winning all of them in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Showing speed, power and plenty of ring savvy, Ellis was at his best when it counted most on March 14, 2015, as he stopped Victor Gonzalez in four rounds, winning the interim WBC Latino and vacant WBA Fedecentro welterweight titles, the first of many he expects to capture in the coming years. In his first fight of 2016, Ellis faced Marco Antonio Lopez on the non-televised undercard of Canelo vs. Khan on May 7 at the new state-of-the-art T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Both fighters brought their "A" game, with Ellis hungry and on the prowl in the ring. Lopez was able to land a few shots to the face and body, but was soon overtaken by “Speedy’s” flurry of punches. Ellis dominated the rest of the fight, using good movement and effectively landing his combination blows. With a unanimous decision of 80-72 awarded by all three judges, Rashidi Ellis was able to maintain his undefeated status.