Saturday, 3 January 2015

New faces... Dorsett Barnwell. Heavyweight.

Dorsett the Bullet Barnwell is a new face on the block, this colourful New Yorker is 12/0 with (5 ko's) as a pro but was a hugely successful amateur winning the bronze medal in the world junior Championships in Morocco 2006.. Barnwell wasn't looking for boxing when he walked into Norfolk's Barraud Park Recreation Center, home of the city's amateur boxing program, he was a 265 pound guy built for football, but after enjoying new found success in the gym he never turned back, his next plans were to fight in the national Police Athletic League championships, the first of several qualifiers for the 2008 Olympic Trials. The Olympics is really something Dorsett dreamed of ever since lacing on gloves, being able to call yourself the best in the country at your game..  Boxing later at heavyweight rather than Super heavyweight served him well, being a more accessible division for opponents at amateur level.
 Barnwell has had his encounters with trouble outside of the ring almost losing his arm in a shooting incident involving a female.. Amateur trainer Gary Russell said Inside the ring Dorsett is ruthless he was 18 years old and with just 30 amateur bouts he was far advanced for his years, in his 4 year 12 fight winning streak he has been hardly tested, but in his more recent fights he is showing signs of improvment, taking his time, boxing more looking for openings and not looking for knockouts.. Dorsett would admit that he was more out for fighting in the early days, but now several years polished he is a capable boxer. Dorsett resides in Norfolk Virginia but these days he is broadening his horizons spending weeks away from home learning, in the Alps in camp with Wladimir Klitschko alongside another young gun Anthony Joshua, and most recently in Alabama helping prepare Deontay Wilder for his Jan 17th WBC date with Bermaine Stiverne in Las Vegas..  From what I hear from Joshua and people in the game in Vegas is that Barnwell is headed for a bright future...  He is only 27 and has time on his hands..  12 and 0 now..    Who knows what the next two years can bring..