For seven years, O’Neil Bell has waited for one moment in his boxing career - a chance to shine on the world stage and fulfill a dream. For Dale Brown, the wait to put a world championship belt around his waist has been even longer – ten years. On Friday, May 20, from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, both top contenders will get their opportunity to put it all on the line for the IBF cruiserweight title [that was stripped from Kelvin Davis].
Bell-Brown will be a twelve-round championship contest, headlines an exciting night of world-class professional boxing presented by Warrior’s Boxing Promotions, Inc. in association with The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Doors open at 6:30pm and the first bell rings at 7:30pm.
O’Neil “Give ‘Em Hell” Bell (23-1, 22 KOs) has been one of the world’s most avoided cruiserweights in recent years. A devastating puncher with impressive boxing skills and a champion’s heart, Bell has seen three world champions decline to fight him in recent years. After scoring knockout victories over former world champions Kelvin Davis and Arthur Williams (twice), that’s not surprising. In his last bout, on September 4, 2004, the 30-year-old Atlanta resident knocked out former world title challenger Ezra Sellers in two rounds to earn a shot at the IBF world championship.
“Fighters have been avoiding me for years, denying me my shot at glory,” said Bell. “I know Dale Brown is a true warrior and I know he will show up on May 20. I’m very excited to finally get my world title shot, and I’m going to make the most of this opportunity.”
A former Canadian Olympian, Calgary’s Dale Brown (33-3-1, 21 KOs) has fought at the top levels of the fight game for most of his career. A rugged all-around fighter who can adapt to any style in the ring. Although the “Cowboy” has unsuccessfully challenged for the world title twice, he is unbeaten in almost three years. Now that he is completely focused and injury-free, the NABF and NABO cruiserweight champion is looking to add a third jewel to that championship crown.
“I respect O’Neil Bell, just like I respect anyone I step in the ring with,” said Brown. “But winning this world title is a dream I have chased for many years and I believe I’m finally in the right place at the right time to make that dream a reality.”
A stellar under card will be announced shortly.