Charles Conwell Hopes for 2021 Title Shot
October 12, 2019, super welterweight contender Charles “Bad News” Conwell (12-0, 9 KO’s) became a centerpiece for a large but tragic boxing story. Shortly after competing with Patrick Day (17-4-1, 6 KO’s), Day would later succumb to injuries acquired in the ring and died. It was a particularly sad moment in the sport and a very sour period in Conwell’s career and personal life, as he told to Curran Bhatia.
DEALING WITH GHOSTS OF THE PAST
In the aftermath, Bad News offered his genuine respects to Day’s family and posted a statement via his social media. Since that fateful bout, the Cleveland native was to stage a fight with, and stop, Ramses “El Faraon” Agaton (22-12-3, 12 KO’s) on February 6.
“Every day that I am working out, every fight that I am doing it pushes me further and further away from that situation. It’s making me get past the situation every day. So the longer I am doing my thing and training and working hard and fighting and things like that, it pushes me away.”
“But like I said, when it first happened, like you said, it was a tragedy. They said I was kind of holding back when I first got back, but as time went on, like I said, I got back more and more to myself. So the more time that goes past, the more I can get past it. Like they say, ‘time heals all wounds.’”
EYEING THE COMPETITION
Now that he has begun moving past that regrettable event, Conwell has resumed thinking strategically about his own career. And like any boxer worth his mouth piece, Bad News wants a belt warp around his waist. Yet, the young gun is aware that it will not be an easy road to championship glory.
“It’s a lot of good guys, it’s even good guys that’s not even champion, so it’s a lot of good talent there. I feel like the 154 division is one of the tougher divisions. You see people get the belt, but they don’t really get to hold it that long. So you know there is a lot of good athletes in the division. So I just think that once I’m there and I win my title, I’ll be able to hold it for the longest.”
“…depending when the pandemic is over, I would love to get a title shot next year sometime, the end of next year. Get some more good wins under my belt, fight some former world champions or some world title challengers, stuff like that, get some good wins and I’ll be ready to hop in there.”
If given his pick of the available champions, Conwell has already sized up a couple who he feels are the most ready for the plucking.
“I say [Patrick] Teixeira and [Jeison] Rosario, I think I can really do my thing! I know for a fact I can do my thing and win one of those titles!”
By: Bakari Simpson