By Sylvana Ambrosanio

04/24/13

"One of my proudest achievements so far is just being noticed by the greats like the late Emanuel Steward, Tommy Hearns, Milton McCory, Jimmy Paul and other boxing legends. I know it’s my time to turn pro now. I'm mentally ready", stated Dorell Vanhorn Jr. Check it out:

SA: Dorell, thanks for talking to SylvanaBoxing.com today. How are you?

DV: Hey thanks for having me. I'm doing pretty good. Training hard daily and taking care of my family.

SA: Let’s start from the beginning…

DV: Well my Dad was a professional fighter in the 80's and early 90's. Watching him when I was younger, I just felt like fighting was in my blood so I went for it. I was 12 years old when I first joined the Detroit Boxing Team Gym. I sparred a 17 year old kid from Canada the very first day and did pretty good. After that I knew I could be great in this sport. It meant alot to me to be part of the Kronk Gym. I met and sparred guys from all over the world. It was definitely a great experience.

SA: Can you tell us a little about your amateur career?

DV: I started again in 2010 and finished 35-4 as an amateur. I had a few favorite moments. Stopping my opponents was my best. One of my proudest achievements so far is just being noticed by the greats like the late Emanuel Steward, Tommy Hearns, Milton McCory, Jimmy Paul and other boxing legends.

SA: What does a normal training session look like for you?

DV: Early morning road work, strength training, sparring and mitt work. 5 days a week and 3 hours a day. I hate training (laughs). My favorite part is learning new things and sparring. I spar Anthony Barnes, Blue and William McElroy. Those guys are good up and coming fighters with different styles. Everyday was a war in the gym because we would spar as if it was an actual fight.

SA: What would you say are your greatest attributes?

DV: I'm a tall southpaw. My jab works like a machine gun. I'm a big puncher with both hands. I use those to my advantage by dictating the fight. I don't see current boxers that I try to emulate but I mostly emulate Micheal Moorer, Pernell Whitaker and Marvin Hagler.

SA: You will have your first professional bout in May…

DV: Well, the card for May 11th in Canada was cancelled. We are trying to get on the May 10th card now at Masonic Temple. I know it’s my time to turn pro now. I'm mentally ready and I have a pro style. My wife and son are my inspiration. Amateur or pro, I feel like boxing is boxing. Only you know when you’re ready and I am ready. Just mark my words. A dude that came outta nowhere. Wins, wins and wins - in great fashion!

SA: Can you talk us through the team around you?

DV: I'm managed by Andrea Darnell. My Head Trainer is James Lester, former fighter Rasheed Lee and Vic. James Lester, he preaches and preaches basics all the time. With him, my fundamentals will be excellent. Rashee Lee pushes me until I'm exhausted daily. I would never be out of shape again and that's a promise.

Thomas Hearns and Dorell

SA: Why don’t you tell us about yourself?

DV: I Love Jesus Christ, I'm 25 years old, married with a 1 year old big head son that I love to death. I'm a steward/cook at Greektown Casino. I'm a great person to be around. I love steak and potatoes. I listen to all types of music and my favorite movie is ‘The Last Dragon’. I lived on the eastside of Detroit until I was 11 years of age. I grew up on West 7 mile, Blade Icewood area (laughs). Got into a lot of street fights but overall I was good kid. I'm a guy with great character.

SA: What are your goals?

DV: To be a World Champion and to be remembered when I'm dead and gone. But by the end of the year, to be an undefeated prospect.

SA: Do you have a message to your supporters and our readers?

DV: Thanks for having me again and I truly appreciate it. Be on the look out - Dorell Vanhorn Jr. is about be apart of bringing boxing back to life! Follow me on Twitter @DatGuyVan and Facebook Dorell Vanhorn Jr. Peace. 1 love.