FightPost Boxer of the Week: Charles Conwell
By Gary Kittilsen
It has become an increasingly rare occurrence, especially in American boxing, for two highly-touted prospects to square off early in their careers and risk the zero in the loss column.
It is even far more unusual that two promoters would work together across promotional lines to match their two unbeaten blue-chip prospects against each other.
However, that’s exactly what Lou DiBella and Joe Daguardia of Star Boxing did. The two long-time promoters matched a pair of 12-0 light-middleweights, perhaps their brightest prospects against each other in the main event of the return of the SHOBOX series on Showtime, Wednesday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
22-year-old Charles Conwell, a 2016 Olympian, from Cleveland, Ohio passed the biggest test of his young career in taking apart a game Wendy Toussiant over nine-rounds and sealing the deal with a vicious right uppercut that put the undefeated Toussaint down and out. Giving Conwell the KO victory, the USBA 154-pound title, and our Fighter of the Week award.
SHOBOX has been a tremendous platform for elevating prospects into stardom, and Wednesday’s card would be no different.
Both fighters realized the importance of this bout and tried to establish their preferred style in the early rounds. Toussaint was firing off the jab and occasional right hand as Conwell tried to stay on the aggressive and get in the inside and rip his opponent to the body.
After a few closely contested rounds Toussaint had his best round in the fourth ringing the bell of his opponent with a straight right just before the end of the round. It seemed to shake Conwell up a bit and get him going.
By the fifth Conwell took control of the competitive fight rocking him to the body in the early moments of the round and then stopping him in his tracks with a thudding right-hand with just seconds left in the stanza.
With his confidence soaring the Ohioan kept the pressure on backing Toussaint into the ropes and unleashing power shots. Toussaint could no longer keep his man at bay and was eating big shots and falling into a big hole on the scorecards. In the ninth round, the former Olympian sensed he had his man in serious trouble.
A fatigued Toussaint stood stationary, in front of Conwell as the two traded. One uppercut caught Toussaint squarely, busted open his nose, and dropped him to a knee. and unable to make it to his feet. Giving Conwell the 9th round KO victory and running his record to 13-0 (10)
The 154-pound division is as stacked as any in the sport. It has been an extremely competitive division where the best fights the best. hopefully, that trend continues.
Additionally, the weight class is filled to the brim with young talented fighters on the way up, fighters such as Erickson Lubin, Tim Tszyu, Israil Madrimov, and Sebastian Fundora all will be looking for world-title shots in the very near future.
Conwell may have just humped all of them in line and may get that title shot first given his most recent performance. Additionally, his promoter, Lou DiBella’s ability, and willingness to work with other promoters should have the former Olympian on a fast track to a world title.
Conwell said he wants to fight a former world champ or title challenger next. Names like Julian Williams, Tony Harrison, Austin Trout, and Carlos Adames or Lubin would all fit the bill and DiBella should be able to secure him one of those names. Should he pass that test a world title shot would be the logical next step and could realistically happen as soon as 2021