LOS ANGELES (May 23) – As home to more of boxing’s pound-for-pound greats than any other promotional company today, Golden Boy Promotions is proud to join Hall of Fame promoter J. Russell Peltz as a partner in promoting IBF junior middleweight world champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma.
“This is an exciting day for Golden Boy Promotions,” said company president Oscar De La Hoya. “To bring someone of Kassim Ouma’s caliber into our family is a thrill and it continues to show our commitment to bringing the best boxers to fight fans around the world on a consistent basis.”
Ouma joins six division world champion Oscar De La Hoya, undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, junior lightweight champions Marco Antonio Barrera and Jorge Rodrigo Barrios, and super bantamweight king Oscar Larios on the Golden Boy Promotions roster of champions.
“This is one of the happiest days of my career,” said the 26-year-old Ouma. “I’ve said for a long time that I’m the best junior middleweight in boxing, and now I’ll have the opportunity to prove that on the world’s biggest stages. Oscar and Bernard know what it’s like to be in my shoes and I trust that they will help me reach the heights they already have in their careers.”
“In my opinion Kassim Ouma is the best 154-pound fighter in the world, and with his skills, as well as his commitment to fighting the best, we would not hesitate to put him in the ring with anyone,” said De La Hoya.
“I’m looking forward to working with Golden Boy in the promotion of Kassim Ouma and working with them on other events,” said Peltz.
An exciting two-fisted warrior who originally hails from Kampala, Uganda, Ouma (21-1-1, 13 KOs) has won the hearts of boxing fans, not only with his performances in the ring, but with his heart wrenching story; he was kidnapped into the Ugandan army at the age of six. After using an amateur boxing visa to defect to the United States, “The Dream” pursued a professional boxing career in his adopted home, eventually winning the IBF 154-pound championship on October 2, 2004 with a unanimous 12-round decision over Verno Phillips. Widely considered to be the premier 154-pounder in the world, Ouma defended his crown in January with a lopsided decision win over highly regarded contender Kofi Jantuah.
Ouma will return to the ring to battle his mandatory challenger Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin at a site and date to be determined.
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