Thursday, July 11, 2019

Looking For Love: Cleveland Native Latiss Norman Eyes Winning Record


The first time I talked to Latiss Norman in November of last year I had to ask him, why the alias of "No Love".

His answer was short and simple.

"I'm just trying to get some love in this sport", Norman replied with a smile.

With a 1-3 record to begin his pro career after facing some solid competition, Norman finally found some love when Pittsburgh based manager Derek Gionta took a chance on the fighter with no everyday trainer or home gym.

"Latiss is an improving fighter," said Gionta on taking a shot on Norman.  "He has intangibles that can't be taught and he's loyal.  That goes a long way".

Since forging his relationship with Gionta, the 27-year-old super middleweight from Cleveland has improved his record to 3-3 with two straight victories including a knockout victory in Pittsburgh in March and a unanimous decision victory his last time out in April in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Norman realizes how much Gionta has meant to him getting his career on track and on the cusp of having a winning record.

"He's a good supporter and motivator and the center to our team," Norman said his relationship with his manager.

With supporting management finding him the proper fights, Norman still relies mostly on himself to stay fight ready with no everyday trainer or gym. 

"I keep myself motivated and keep my eyes on the prize to reach my goal", said Norman of doing things the hard way.

The goals that Norman are trying to reach could be in a reach because those who follow the sport regionally are starting to take notice and Gionta feels that his fighter still has a lot of growing and improving in him.

"He's improving," said Gionta of Norman's recent win streak.  "The more he fights the better off he will be.  He didn't have a lot of amateur experience so he's still developing".

Norman will look to show off how much he's improved and developed since April when he takes to the ring this Saturday night in Pittsburgh to face Jade Ealy of Augusta Georgia in a four-round bout at the Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead in suburban Pittsburgh.

"This is an important fight for me," said Norman who began boxing at age 9 and realized at age 13 boxing was part of his future of the opportunity to get his record over .500.  "Everyone has their time and i feel this is my time to shine".

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