Lanell “KO” Bellows was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 27, 1985. He maintains that his upbringing provided him with an indestructible mentality. At a young age, Bellows found himself caught up in numerous fights, naturally deciding that boxing was what he wanted to do. Despite the lack of any documented amateur experience, his innate ability lends credence to his promise as a professional.
Bellows sparred with Floyd Mayweather for the first time during Floyd’s preparation for his fight against Miguel Cotto. Floyd was impressed with Bellows’ heart and his desire to go the extra mile. This led Floyd to believe that Bellows could someday be a prolific fighter. He signed along the dotted line with Mayweather Promotions in 2012.
Bellows’ first professional fight took place on February 17, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona when he TKO’d an overmatched Amado Gonzalez in the first round. Fight fans saw Bellows waste no time in landing his power punches and Gonzalez was on the canvas moments later, opting not to continue. On November 30, 2012 in the same Phoenix, Arizona venue, Bellows would repeat what he had done only months prior with a TKO against Caleb Caldwell at the 1:55 mark in the second round forcing Caldwell to throw in the towel. In 2013, Bellows made a statement by defeating Roberto Yong (Split Decision), Matt Garretson (TKO), Leshon Sims (UD) and Jordan Moore (TKO) in thrilling fashion. His tough majority decision loss to Eddie Hunter on December 6, 2013 at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Washington was a career first for him but it seemed to spark a fire in Bellows that could be seen in each of his subsequent fights. 2014 would gift Bellows his seventh victory by way of second round TKO of Thomas Gifford on the May 3, 2014 undercard of “The Moment: Mayweather vs. Maidana.” On a steamy Las Vegas night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2014, Bellows outlasted Jas Phillips in four rounds en route to a UD and the eighth victory of his career. Fast-forward to August 30, 2014 where Bellows recorded his ninth win by UD over Codale Ford in a thrilling super middleweight bout at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Up next for Bellows was Rahman Yusubov on December 12, 2014 these two battled it out in San Antonio, TX. Bellows quickly established himself and in the 3rd round the referee stopped the fight giving the victory to Bellows by way of TKO. Bellows continues to earn wins in 2015. He defeated Juan Rojas March 13, 2015, On April 30, 2015 he took on Eddie Hunter and was victorious once again, Marcus Upshaw was defeated by Bellows on June 21, 2015. His last 3 wins have all been unanimous decisions.
Bellows is not just a boxing success story, he’s also a father, a brother, and a son who puts his family at the center of his world. Checking out the latest movie release, spending time with his kids, and playing basketball are just a few of the ways that Bellows chooses to spend his free time. Bellows also mentioned that if he weren’t boxing he’d be a barber.
He attributes his early success as a professional to the training he has received from his coach Rafael Ramos. Bellows believes that Ramos helped him make the leap from fighting aimlessly as a kid to boxing with focus as a professional. His focus, foundation, and access to the best boxing resources in the world will surely keep “Mr. Knocc Out” on the tip of the boxing world’s tongue.