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Swaby to fight October 26 in Pennsylvania

D’Angelo Swaby may have started his professional career late but he has a perfect 1-0 win-loss record. The heavyweight boxer will be looking to make it 2-0 when he goes up against the 3-0 New Jersey native Norman Neely at the Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, October 26.

Swaby is fighting on the same card as super lightweight boxer Robert Easter Jr. and super welterweight Erickson Lubin. The card will be on Showtime and Swaby may have a chance to appear on Showtime depending on the time of his fight that night.

He is fighting in another four-round fight. The 30-year-old said that it won’t go beyond four rounds until his sixth career fight.

“I don’t look for the knockout,” said Swaby. “I look to always win by attrition because boxing is that kind of sport – you beat people by slowly breaking them down. That is my job. Will it go to the full four rounds? It probably won’t. My intent is to put on a good show, display my talent, break his body down. I plan to use the first round to analyze him. I want to execute a plan between me and my coach, break him down and if the knockout comes, I’ll get it and put on a good show.

He has been training a little differently for this fight. His diet has also changed, not to lose weight, but for fat control and endurance. Swaby feels he can beat Neely.

This is just another step in the right direction for the heavyweight champ.

“I look at this as a step on the ladder to the top. I am grateful to the matchmaker that set this up for me. I am coming in to this match on the B side, they might as well name me “Underdog” because that is what it is looking like but that is just life,” said Swaby.

He has been boxing for eight years but just debuted his professional career at age 30. As an amateur boxer, he tried to make the 2016 Olympic team to head to Brazil but did not make it and, in turn, decided to go pro.

The Bahamian defeated Florida native Keenon Jackson by way of a Technical Knockout (TKO) on Wednesday, September 25, in his debut. It was a three-round bout at the Joe Celestin Center in Miami, Florida.

He went into the fight strategically, using the first round to feel out Jackson. Heading into the second round, Swaby said he found out what he needed to find out and in the third round, after a series of punches, Jackson was unable to respond to the referee’s commands and was awarded the TKO.

The orthodox boxer is looking to get one more fight in late November or early December once everything is in sync such as money and safety. As for next year, he wants to fight eight times.

In 2021, he wants to have 15 career fights under his belt and get a shot at a world title. For now, he is fighting as an independent. He plans to retire at age 35.

Swaby thanks God for giving him this talent, and also thanks his family, his coach Ron Rodgers and his former coaches Ray Minus Jr. and Jose Cruz.

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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