Raymond
Ford

Featherweight

15

Hometown Camden, NJ

KO 8

Stance Southpaw

1

Age 25

1

Height 5'7"

Hometown Camden, NJ

Age 25

Stance Southpaw

Height 5'7"

Raymond Ford

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Turning pro with Eddie Hearn after the pair exchanged direct messages on Instagram, Ray Ford has made steady progress as an eye-catching name on Matchroom’s young US roster. A two-time National Golden Gloves champion, Ford achieved greatness in the amateur scene against the odds, citing a troubled past growing up in Camden, New Jersey.

'The Savage' has benefitted from Matchroom's global reach by boxing both sides of the Atlantic across his first 14 fights as a professional. Unbeaten since turning over in 2019, a split decision draw with Aaron Perez on the undercard of Juan Francisco Estrada-Roman Gonzalez II in his ninth fight remains the only blip on the road to date.

Ford travelled to England and stopped Reece Bellotti at Matchroom HQ during Fight Camp in his next outing and followed that up with another TKO victory at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of Teofimo Lopez-George Kambosos Jr in November 2021.

The 24-year-old finished 2022 with an impressive knock-out victory over Sakaria Lukas in Cleveland before setting his sights on the World Champions.

The Savage stepped up Jessie Magdaleno in April 2023, twice dropping the former World Champion en route to a dominant points victory to position himself for a World Title shot in 2024.

Leigh Wood vacated his WBA World Featherweight Title at the back end of 2023 and Raymond Ford was ordered to face Otabek Kholmatov for the vacant strap. Top Rank won purse bids for that fight but Ford accepted the challenge and locked in a date with the avoided knockout artist in February 2024. Down on the scorecards, Ford showed huge heart and stopped Kholmatov with seven seconds of the fight remaining to become World Champion.

In a quick turnaround, Ray was selected by Eddie Hearn in the Featherweight division to take on Nick Ball in the Matchroom vs Queensberry 5v5 tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on June 1. The Savage came out on the wrong side of a very close split decision loss to relinquish his WBA World Title. He will now move up to 130lbs.

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Honours

* IBF North American Featherweight Title
* WBA Continental Americas Featherweight Title
* WBA World Featherweight Title

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