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 much amateur experience, his innate ability lends credence to his promise as a professional.
Bellows sparred with Floyd Mayweather for the first time during preparation for his fight against Miguel Cotto. Mayweather was impressed with Bellows’ heart and his desire to go the extra mile. This led Mayweather to believe that Bellows could become a prolific fighter. Bellows signed 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. Bellows went on to gain another win following his debut, in 2013 he successfully defeated his next 4 opponents, December 6th he faced his first defeat, a tough majority loss to Eddie Hunter. Bellows showed resilience, and went on to gain his 7th victory by way of TKO on the undercard of Mayweather vs. Maidana in 2014, followed by 3 consecutive wins, showing fight fans and his supporters that he is here to stay. Bellows gained more experience since his 2012 debut, adding 4 more successful wins to his resume, including a rematch with Eddie Hunter where Bellows came out on top. Bellows has used adversity as fuel to prevail in his career as a competitive fighter.
Bellows is not just a boxing success story; he’s also a father, brother, and 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 spends his free time. He says 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 former 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 “KO” on right track in becoming a great boxer under the Mayweather Promotions banner.
In 2016, Bellows came strong with 2 wins, his most recent bout against DeCarlo Perez came to a devastating halt for the seasoned fighter as he suffered his second loss of his career. Bellows remains hungry as a fighter and looks ahead to his next matchup in the squared circle. With a new head trainer in his corner Lou Del Valle, Bellows believes this will be a knockout year for him. Bellows is fearless and eager to continue learning through his peers and mentors in the sport, and has been transparent that he will take on anyone in the ring.