LATEEF "POWER" KAYODE
Lateef’s career began on the streets of Lagos, where a young man had to fight off gangsters in order to keep what he had. This quickly transitioned into the ring, where Power tested his skill sparring with Olympians heavyweights.
In 2005, he captured gold medals in Pan-African competitions in Ghana, Morocco and Algeria. It soon became clear that the next step for "Power" was to conquer the professional boxing industry. Two years later, he was headed to the US to qualify for the 2008 Olympics. A delayed arrival into New York City quickly changed the purpose of this trip. By the time the plane landed in New York, the tournament had already started in Chicago. Unable to qualify for the Olympics, Power had two options; return to Lagos or stay and fight!
Kayode made stops in Atlanta and Baltimore, before moving to Los Angeles to train with Young Dick Tiger. While training at Wild Card Gym, Kayode caught the eye of current 6-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach. The decision was made for Power to switch gears by training with Roach, which would prove to be an effective career move. His next several bouts were won by knockout in the early rounds.
Kayode is a seasoned powerhouse with eyes on overcoming boxing politics becoming the undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world. He continues to train at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA. Getting better with time, Kayode wishes to one day be mentioned among the likes of Hall of Fame boxing greats.