BBN discovered some interesting facts about Liam Williams' next opponent, Alantez Fox.
The middleweights are set to lock horns on December 21 in a WBO World title eliminator, with the winner guaranteed a shot at WBO champ Demetrius Andrade.
Find out all about the WBO No.1 right here:
1. Born March 13, 1992, Alantez Jamal Fox (26-1-1) is an American professional boxer from Forestville, Maryland, who goes by the alias of SlyAza.
2. He comes from a talented family that includes younger brother and undefeated welterweight Mykal Tayquon Fox (21-1).
3. Fox turned professional at the age of 18 instead of attempting to represent the United States in the 2012 Summer Olympics due to the rumours that the protective headgear would not be used, even though the headgear was still used in 2012 and not removed until the 2016 Summer Olympics.
4. Fox is managed by Mike Borao and promoted by DiBella Entertainment, owned by Brooklyn boxing promoter Lou DiBella, who also promotes Regis Prograis, Tevin Farmer, Sergiy Derevyanchenko, Ivan Baranchyk, Richard Commey, to name a few. Lou is also an ardent supporter of women's boxing and his expanding roster of female fighters includes world champions Amanda Serrano and Alicia Napoleon as well as Heather Hardy, Shelly Vincent, Raquel Miller and Tiara Brown. DiBellas past boxers represented by DiBella Entertainment include former WBC Middleweight champion Sergio Gabriel Martinez, former middleweight world champions Jermain Taylor and Bernard Hopkins, former junior welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi, former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto.
5. As of December 2019, he is ranked WBO #1; IBF #12; WBC #19; IBO #31
6. Fox's most notable fight occurred in October 2017 on HBO's Boxing After Dark when he fought Demetrius Andrade and lost his undefeated record via a unanimous decision, in part due to a torn left rotator cuff suffered in the first round of the fight. Andrade, 24-0 at the time, was down in the seventh round from a big right hand from Fox, but he argued to the ref in the corner that he slipped as he received an eight-count. Fox lost a wide decision, but one judge scored the fight at 111-116. Post-fight, Fox called for the rematch with Andrade claiming that his injury in the opening round was the only reason he lost the fight.
7. Fox has won just one title so far in his approaching 10-year career - the WBC United States middleweight title.
8. The rangey 160-pounder is currently 27 years-old, with a reach of 79" and is 6ft 5" tall. While beginning his professional career, Fox was closely compared to two-time world champion Paul Williams, due to both fighters being extremely tall for their weight class, which was super-welterweight at the time (junior-middleweight) before he moved up to middle.
9. One of his best friends in boxing is Jarrett Hurd, the former unified super-welterweight champion, who he describes as his brother. They pair are sparring partners and good friends outside of the gym.
10. Fox has mostly fought in his native country, a lot of his appearances in and around Washington and Maryland, but he has also travelled to Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, where he won both fights.
All Alantex Fox related articles HERE