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Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, Jamal James is gearing up for his biggest fight to date; a rematch with the only man to take him the full distance, Hector "Fighting Chihuahua" Orozco. Orozco has 16 pro fights to his name while putting the first loss on several of Minnesota's rising stars records, and doing so against opponents with a combined record of 173 wins 11 losses and 1 draw at the time he faced them. James, who is a decorated name locally because of his accomplishments both in and out of the ring will be looking to one up his heated toe to toe win against Orozco in 2011 on the upcoming June 23rd boxing show at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Both James and Orozco felt they won the first fight and James says he will leave no doubts as to who wins this time around. Dubbed "Welcome To The Jungle", James and Orozco will be battling for the Jungle Boy Boxing promoted vacant MN State Welterweight Title. The bout will be the main supporter to the clash between Cerresso Fort and Dave Peterson.
James started boxing at the age of five, began competing at the age of eight and has never looked back. The 6'2 orthodox puncher possesses great hand speed and has learned some clever boxing moves along the way. James won 6 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Championships, was the 2006 & 2008 national golden gloves bronze medalist, 2008 National P.A.L. Silver medalist, 2009 Golden Gloves silver medalist, 2007 National P.A.L. Gold Medalist, plus 2 ringside national championships throughout the amateur ranks. Jamal had been ranked in the top 10 in the nation of his weight division since 2006, holding the number 1 spot in the process. Despite the success, James said he grew tired of the politics he ran into at times in amateur boxing and says that is the reason why he decided to turn pro when he did in 2010.
"Jamal is a great example for the young boxers in the gym. Jamal is also a personal and group trainer at a new state of the art fitness facility in Minnetonka, MN called GymJab which will be opening in August." said Frazier.
"I am much more prepared for this bout than I was
the last time I boxed Hector" said James. "He caught me with
some shots and pushed me in the fight, but I still won. Don't get me
wrong, I like the guy. He's a cool dude, but if you saw the two of us
after our last fight you'd have no question who won the fight. It was
all over our faces. Mine, just like it is now. His was marked up."
* Interview with Hector Orozco to come shortly...