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Jamal James News
The WBA Interim World Welterweight Champion says he wants the big names in 2021.
James turns in the finest performance of his career, overcoming a strong Dulorme to win the vacant WBA Interim World Welterweight title on Saturday night in the return of FOX PBC Fight Night.
The welterweight contender discusses his ring return versus Thomas Dulorme in a 147-pound battle for the interim WBA belt this Saturday live on FOX PBC Fight Night.
Jamal James Fights
Win vs Thomas Dulorme 25-5-1
Aug 08, 2020 • Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, California
Jamal James WINS against Thomas Dulorme by UD in Round of 12
Win vs Antonio DeMarco 33-9-1
Jul 13, 2019 • The Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jamal James WINS against Antonio DeMarco by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Janer Gonzalez 19-1-1
Feb 23, 2019 • Minneapolis Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Janer Gonzalez by RTD in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Mahonry Montes 35-7-1
Aug 24, 2018 • The Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jamal James WINS against Mahonry Montes by KO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Abel Ramos 27-4-2
Apr 13, 2018 • The Armory, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jamal James WINS against Abel Ramos by MD in Round 10 of 10
WIN vs Diego Gabriel Chavez 28-7-1
Dec 18, 2017 • Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California
Diego Gabriel Chavez LOSES to Jamal James by KO in Round 3 of 10
WIN vs Diego Gabriel Chaves 28-7-1
Dec 15, 2017 • Pioneer Event Center, Lancaster, California, USA
Diego Gabriel Chaves LOSES to Jamal James by KO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Ionut Dan Ion 36-5-0
Jul 15, 2017 • Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, USA
Jamal James WINS against Ionut Dan Ion by UD in Round 10 of 10
Loss vs Yordenis Ugas 27-4-0
Aug 12, 2016 • Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, USA
Jamal James LOSES to Yordenis Ugas by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Wale Omotoso 28-4-0
Jul 16, 2016 • Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Jamal James WINS against Wale Omotoso by SD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Javier Molina 22-3-0
Jan 19, 2016 • Club Nokia, Los Angeles
Jamal James WINS against Javier Molina by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Juan Carlos Abreu 23-6-1
Sep 18, 2015 • Full Sail Live, Winter Park, Florida
Jamal James WINS against Juan Carlos Abreu by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Michael Balasi 10-6-0
Jun 27, 2015 • Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
Jamal James WINS against Michael Balasi by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Daniel Sostre 13-10-1
Apr 18, 2015 • Valley Forge Casino and Resort, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA
Jamal James WINS against Daniel Sostre by KO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Cameron Krael 6-6-2
Nov 01, 2014 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jamal James WINS against Cameron Krael by KO in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Cameron Kreal 6-6-2
Nov 01, 2014 • UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Jamal James WINS against Cameron Kreal by KO in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Wayne Martell 25-4-1
Aug 22, 2014 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Wayne Martell by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Angel Hernandez 16-13-1
Mar 28, 2014 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Angel Hernandez by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Colby Courter 4-1-0
Jan 24, 2014 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Colby Courter by TKO in Round 4 of 6
WIN vs Mohammed Kayongo 17-2-1
Sep 21, 2013 • Convention Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Mohammed Kayongo LOSES to Jamal James by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Robert Osiobe 14-6-4
Aug 16, 2013 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Robert Osiobe by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Patrick Boozer 5-1-0
Jan 05, 2013 • Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Patrick Boozer by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Corey Rodriguez 6-2-2
Oct 27, 2012 • Canterbury Park, Shakopee, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Corey Rodriguez by TD in Round 7 of 8
Win vs Charon Spain 0-1-0
Aug 25, 2012 • Crown Plaza Hotel, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Charon Spain by TKO in Round 1 of 6
Win vs Hector Orozco 5-11-0
Jun 23, 2012 • Black Bear Casino, Carlton, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Hector Orozco by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Hector Orozco 3-7-0
May 20, 2011 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Hector Orozco by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Justin Danforth 6-17-0
Feb 26, 2011 • Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Justin Danforth by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Ryan Gronvold 1-5-0
Dec 18, 2010 • Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Ryan Gronvold by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Wes Ronchi 0-0-0
Nov 05, 2010 • Scheels Arena, Fargo, North Dakota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Wes Ronchi by KO in Round 1 of 4
Win vs Justin Danforth 6-15-0
May 22, 2010 • Shooting Star Casino, Mahnomen, Minnesota, USA
Jamal James WINS against Justin Danforth by TKO in Round 3 of 4
Jamal James Bio
Some of the biggest names in boxing reside in the 147-pound weight class--and some of the best fighters. That includes Minnesota's finest, WBA World Welterweight Champion Jamal "Shango" James.
A golden child
James began his boxing life at the age of 5, when his mother took him to the Circle of Discipline boxing gym in his native Minneapolis to gain structure and discipline.
There, he began working with the head trainer, Shankara Frazier, who would later become his stepfather and remain in James’ corner as the fighter’s career progressed.
By age 10, James launched an amateur career that would see him log more than 150 fights and eventually be ranked No. 1 by USA Boxing in the 141-pound class.
His amateur career culminated in 2009, when he took second place in the national Golden Gloves competition at 141 pounds.
James made his professional debut in May 2010, when he gained a third-round TKO against Justin Danforth in Mahnomen, Minnesota, as he began his climb toward a world title.
The rise of ‘Shango’
James took his nickname “Shango” from his grandfather Aldric Peter Nelson, who founded the popular Minneapolis-based world-beat band Shangoya in the early ’70s. It's also the name of the African god of fire, lightning and thunder, fitting for James’ heated style in the ring.
With Frazier and stepbrother Adonis Frazier guiding his career, James made quick work of most his early opponents.
James stopped six of his first 17 opponents within two rounds, including a first-round TKO of veteran southpaw Wayne Martell in Hinckley, Minnesota, in August 2014.
James improved to 17-0 in June 2015 with a unanimous decision over Michael Balasi in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He swept two of the judges’ scorecards as he landed both jabs and power punches with virtual ease while also using his significant reach advantage to stay out of harm’s way.
“He showed some good power,” James said of Balasi afterward. “I hit him with some really good shots, but he was tough. These are the kind of fights that I need, to see where I am.”
On September 18, 2015, James took another step up in class when he faced Juan Carlos Abreu at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Abreu dropped James in the fourth, but James returned the favor in the sixth when he floored the Dominican. James’ superior boxing and hard-punching carried him to a 10-round unanimous decision win.
Following decision victories over Javier Molina and Wale Omotoso, James took on smooth Cuban Yordenis Ugas on August 12, 2016. “Shango” took the fight on three days’ notice after Bryant Perella, Ugas’ original opponent, pulled out with a thumb injury.
James’ talent shone through but his lack of preparation proved to be his downfall as Ugas won a 10-round unanimous decision at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.
“I was a little too confident in myself, taking it on such short notice,” said James. “Mentally, I was in it, but my timing and everything was off. I was trying to hit him with heavy shots instead of just boxing him. It was a hard lesson but a good one.”
On July 15, 2017, James won a 10-round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Ionut “JoJo” Dan ay Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
REACHING HIGHER HEIGHTS
James followed that up with perhaps the finest performance of his career. On December 15, 2017, he notched a third-round KO over former interim welterweight world champion Diego Chaves at Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
James returned to the ring on April 13, 2018, edging a game Abel Ramos via 10-round majority decision at Minneapolis Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On August 24, 2018, James flattened Mahonry Montes in two frames, also at the Minneapolis Armory.
On February 23, 2019, James returned to the Minneapolis Armory again, battering Janer Gonzalez and winning a six-round technical decision.
Another large crowd turned out at the Armory on July 13, 2019 to see James square off against former world champion Antonio DeMarco.
James prevailed by unanimous decision but faced a serious gut check as DeMarco gave as good as he got for much of the bout. The two took turns unleashing their offense, though James had the edge in punches thrown and landed. The rounds were hard to score but James did just enough to earn the support of the judges, who scored it 98-92 across the board in his favor.
"I knew coming into this fight that he was a former world champion and this would be a big step up," James said afterward. "He kept coming, but I did too. I just had to bite down and do what I know how to do. DeMarco definitely came to fight.
"I'm ready for the title fight, who's going to give me the shot? I'm ready for anyone. My time is now."
James was scheduled to face former title challenger Thomas Dulorme for the Interim WBA Welterweight Title in the FOX PBC Fight Night main event and on FOX Deportes Saturday, April 11 at The Armory in Minneapolis. But the bout was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A New Chapter, A New Champion
On Saturday, August 8, 2020, James took on the dangerous Thomas Dulorme for the vacant WBA interim world welterweight title at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
A decisive win would lead to a shot at one of the big name, big money bouts in the welterweight division.
With all that on the line, the 32-year-old James delivered the finest performance of his career, outboxing and, when necessary, outbrawling, Dulorme to win a 12-round unanimous decision at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
“I’ve been working so long for a title shot, man,” James said afterward. “So being able to get this opportunity and then actually following through and winning it just meant the world to me.
“It’s been a crazy journey, with this with COVID-19, and then the George Floyd incident and then, you know, starting camps and then stopping and so forth.
My grandmother ended up passing away when I was in camp for this fight. So it was a lot of mixed emotions for me. It just feels good to be able to, you know, bring this back home from my city. Now we’ll see how much farther I can go.”
After a feel-out opener, both fighters dug in during a fiery second round. Toward the end of the frame, Dulorme trapped James along the ropes and landed two hard right rights. James returned to his corner pawing at his bloody nose after the round ended.
The back and forth continued in the third, each fighter taking turns landing power punches. James went back to boxing in the fourth and the fifth, using his jab and angles to keep Dulorme off-balance.
However, a war broke out again in the sixth, the see-saw battle making the rounds difficult to score. The fight was still up for grabs heading into the second half. That’s when James found his rhythm, outboxing Dulorme from the outside.
“I had the range and the height on him, so I just had to box,” James said. “I wanted to et my hands go a little bit more, but he had funny timing. So any time I would try to get in a longer combination, he would let something go. So I just kept boxing him, kind of pot-shotting a little bit.”
Dulorme, 30, 25-4-1 (16 KOs) continued to apply serious pressure yet struggled to land meaningful shots. James, on the other hand, began finding a home for his right hand—and a left hook behind it. Going into the 12th, Dulorme needed a knockout to win. Yet it was James who landed the heavier blows, winning on all three cards by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113.
In February 2021, the WBA issued the following statement:
The World Boxing Association (WBA) named Jamal James as its Welterweight champion after enforcing the rules and considering his boxing record.
Through a resolution of the WBA Championships Committee, the body made the decision regarding James. The American won the interim title on August 8, 2020 by defeating Thomas Dulorme by unanimous decision, in Los Angeles, California.
Rule C.28 states that the President and the Championships Committee may elevate an interim champion to champion at their discretion. The WBA considers James’ outstanding record as a favorable reason to elevate him.