AFTER THREE CONSECUTIVE BIG KNOCKOUTS, LAWRENCE IS LOOKING TO FIGHT ANYBODY AND EVERYBODY, AND EYES A SHOT AT THE TITLE
By: Marc Abrams
Indianapolis, Indiana (June 9, 2011)—Frankin “Yah Yah” Lawrence is looking to get into the thick of the heavyweight championship picture.
If nothing else, he has earned it.
With consecutive stoppage wins over contenders Lance Whitaker, Jason Estrada and most recently Jason Gavern, Lawrence has more wins over good competition then most of the boxers that make up the top-ten in the four major organizations.
Lawrence has a record of 15-2-2 with ten knockouts, and could conceivably be on a fourteen fight unbeaten streak if not for a controversial decision loss to former WBC Heavyweight champion Oliver McCall.
That did not deter Lawrence, as on September 11, 2010, he stopped Whitaker (35-6-1) in seven rounds. He followed that up by battering Estrada (16-3) over ten rounds, stopping the former U.S. Olympian for the first time in his professional career. Even top rated contender Tomasz Adamek can’t say that.
Just this past May 27th, Lawrence battered Jason Gavern to solidify his status as the WBC Caribbean Heavyweight champion, as he dropped Gavern twice en route to making him quit on his stool after the seventh round.
"I am ready for anyone, whether it’s for one of the steppingstone fights against a top-ten guy or a championship fight, I am ready, I am the guy who will bring the heavyweight championship back to America“, said Lawrence.
“The heavyweight division needs someone who comes to fight and, not only do I do that, I will add an influx of personality.”
“Franklin has shown that he is a force to be reckoned with in the heavyweight division," said Dave Escalet, Fisticuffs Promotions.
“What contenders have had those three consecutive wins? I think Franklin is ready for something big and, with the roll that he is on, we believe that he has as much right to not only be ranked high by the organizations, but he will beat any of those top contenders and earn his shot at the heavyweight championship.”