Donte Strayhorn gets back on track in Tijuana; successful return with new team

Donte Strayhorn, seen with trainer Chris Bentchavtchav and Tron Larkins, following his recent win in Tijuana (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s been more than a few years now since we have been covering prospect Donte Strayhorn out here in Las Vegas.

A native of Cincinnati, Oh., Strayhorn, 25, was an amateur when he first came to the city nearly five years ago and it has been quite the ride for him to endure.

A tall and rangy boxer, Strayhorn first put his skills on display inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club, where he eventually gained the attention of promoter 50 Cent before joining his SMS Promotions stable.

And while Strayhorn had high expectations heading into his eventual pro journey, things didn’t play out as expected despite his obvious talent.

Strayhorn didn’t fight at all in 2014, as he was sitting on a 5-2 record (1 KO) following an upset loss to Joaquin Chavez in May of 2014 inside of the Tropicana Hotel & Casino. That loss, a majority-decision in a back-and-forth fight, was a hard pill to swallow for Staryhorn and anyone watching could tell he wasn’t himself up in the ring.

Things seemed bleak for a while but everything appears to be back on the upswing for Strayhorn, as he picked up a win down in Tijuana, Mex. over the weekend.

Capturing a four-round unanimous decision, Strayhorn boxed his way towards a comfortable victory.

“I’m just grateful that I’m back on track now,” Strayhorn said of his return to the ring. “Giving God all the glory.”

Strayhorn is officially signed with Fred Hogan’s Milestone Management Firm and after improving his record to 6-2, he is eyeing a quick turnaround with another fight in Tijuana this weekend. Stay tuned to Hustle Boss for more updates.

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