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Heights Alumnus Becomes Pro Boxer

March 15, 2017 -- Heights High alumnus and 2016 Olympic boxer Charles Conwell (’16) is going pro. 

He recently signed a management deal with Split T Management and a co-promotional agreement with Lou DiBella and Tony Holden.

Charles Conwell (center) with his mother Annette Steen and brother Isaiah Steen.

Dibella also signed Conwell's brother, super middleweight Isaiah Steen.

The Plain Dealer and ESPN carried stories about the signing.

DiBella said that Conwell's pro debut likely will take place in April or May at Buffalo Run Casino & Resort in Miami, Oklahoma.

"I had Conwell on top of my list of American Olympians I was interested in signing," DiBella said.

"I thought he was one of the top two American Olympians with [silver medalist] Shakur Stevenson. I also felt that Charles was the best fit for my company. He's tremendously poised in the ring for his age, he has great amateur experience, he can punch, he can move, he's multidimensional. He's one of those rare talents,” said DiBella.

Conwell boxed at 165 pounds in the amateur ranks but plans to fight as a 154-pound junior middleweight as a pro.

Conwell, who favors his left hook to the body, was introduced to boxing -- along with his brothers and sisters -- by his father and trainer Charles Conwell Sr. when he was 10. As an amateur, Conwell compiled a record of approximately 132-14, including winning a gold medal at the 2015 National Golden Gloves and the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials. He was named USA Boxing's 2015 youth male athlete of the year.

"I want to be a multi-world champion and a legend in the sport of boxing. I'm looking forward to getting on a bigger stage and going some more rounds. I'm looking forward to the whole spectrum of pro boxing," said Conwell.

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