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A message to jorge linares

 

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jorge linares,

I've been a contender for a long time. If you didn't notice me after whipping Karl Dargan, or nearly winning a World title on only four days notice, you should notice me now.

I am the NABA-WBA Lightweight Champion, and I'm getting closer and closer to my shot. Face me now or face me later, but either way, you will face me.

You can no longer ignore me. I have officially positioned myself for a shot at your belt. Why delay the inevitable?

Our styles will create fireworks in the ring. From one warrior to another, let's give the fans a treat and get it on.

--Tony "Lightning" Luis

 
 

bio

 

A lot of boxers talk about facing adversity. Few can match the tribulations Tony “Lightning” Luis has seen in his 29 years. Standing five-feet, seven inches, Tony has breezed through opponents with 24 wins against only three losses in his professional career.

But it’s the battle outside the ring that has positioned the Cornwall, Ontario boxer into the championship fighter Liveco Boxing foresees.

As a teenager, Tony narrowly missed making the Canadian Olympic team headed for Beijing in 2007. Missing out on the Olympics put him in a funk that could have derailed his career.

After the 2007 loss because of a scoring malfunction, he wanted to back away from the sport. But his mother had given him a letter telling him not to waste his talent. Tony refocused and decided to turn pro. In May of 2008 he fought his first professional bout against David Aguirre of Mexico. Tony won with a unanimous decision. Five months later and following another win, Tony would lose his mother unexpectedly to a brain aneurism. Tony was scheduled to fight Mario Andrade in 11 days. Even though he was grieving, he was pulled to the ring. He knew that his mother would want him to fight. Just days after burying her, Tony beat Andrade unanimously.

Tony would keep on winning.

In 2015, Tony beat undefeated lightweight Karl Dargan with 7-1 odds stacked against him.  But, his next fight, a controversial loss to Derry Matthews three months later hardened Luis and propelled him to five straight wins, including a dominant 10-round dismantling of undefeated Cam O’Connel (15-0 10 KO’s) in June 2017 to capture the NABA Lightweight Title.

Along the way he also earned his college diploma in police foundations. But he did not want to become a cop and credits his mother with finding his career path outside of boxing. “There’s power in compassion and there’s power in forgiveness. Those are probably the greatest lessons she taught me growing up,” Tony says.

He became a substance abuse counselor at a boys group home, going toe-to-toe with kids he sees reflected in his own darker days. Managed by his father, Jorge, Tony is preparing for his next bout coming soon under a new contract signed with Liveco Boxing.

Professional Championships

Current NABA-WBA Lightweight Champion

WBC Continental Americas Junior Welterweight Title

Quebec Lightweight Title

Amateur Titles

78-26 Record over 104 Amateur Fights

Seven Provincial Championships

Eastern New York Golden Gloves Title

Three National Silver Medals and Two Bronze Medals

 
What is training? Training is pushing your mind and body to the limit. And when your coach asks for more, you give more. It reaches a point where it’s not scientific or politically correct. Your fitness guru wouldn’t approve. That’s how fighters are made and how fights are won.
— Tony "Lightning" Luis

key fights

 

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luis vs. dargan

On January 30th, 2015, Tony Luis stepped into the ring to face unbeaten Karl "Dynamite" Dargan (17-0 9 KO's). In what was supposed to be a coming out party for Dargan, nobody bothered to tell Luis.

With 7-1 odds stacked against him, Luis dominated Dargan from the 2nd round on with a relentless display of speed and aggression, taking home a unanimous decision victory (99-90, 97-92 twice) to pull off a clean upset at Foxwoods Resort Casino in the main event of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". 

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luis vs. matthews

Following the Dargan victory, and on only four days notice, Tony Luis flew to Liverpool, UK to challenge hometown favorite, Derry Matthews, for the interim WBA Lightweight Championship of the World on April 18th, 2015.

On this night, Tony Luis almost reached what would have been a monumental upset, but came up just one round short of winning a World title. Matthews barely edged Luis on the scorecards: 114-112, 114-112, and 115-112, while many boxing insiders felt Luis did enough to snatch the victory.

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luis vs. o'connelL

Following four consecutive victories and new promotional contract with California-based promoter Liveco Boxing, the stage was set for Luis vs. O'Connell On June 17th, 2017, for the NABA Lightweight Championship.

The unbeaten O'Connell (15-0 10 KO's), was extremely confident coming into the bout. It didn't matter. Luis picked apart and bloodied O'Connell from the opening bell for a unanimous decision victory (100-90, 98-92 twice) to become the NABA Lightweight Champion.