Laudelino Jose Barros
Name: Laudelino Jose Barros
Birthplace: Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Height: 6′ 1″ / 185cm
Boxing Record: click
Manager: Johnny Reetz
Trainer: Sidney Gomes
Barros grew up near the Amazon rain forest. Working in a sugar cane field in his childhood he developed the strength to deal with the difficulties of a boxing career. As a teenager he used to do karate just after he got off the sugar cane job. He fell in love to boxing while watching fights on TV and started training.
When he was 18 a friend took him to Sao Paulo state, the most developed boxing center in Brazil, where he started training. He won gold in his first tournament in 1997, when he knocked out the son of Brazilian heavyweight legend Adilson Rodrigues in the final, who at the time was the favorite to be the champ. In a short time Barros joined the national amateur team in international competitions. It was a rich experience.
In 1998 and 1997, Barros acquired the experience and the ring generalship to be one of the most sucessfull Brazilian amateur boxers. He'd beaten top amateur Cubans at the Girardo Cordova Cardin International Tournament in 1998, Cuba. He also participated in international tournaments all over the world: Russia, USA, Cuba, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Argentina and tops in Brazil against German, French, and American teams.
He was silver at Pan American Games at Winnipeg, Canada, in 1999, and joined the Brazilian Olympic Team in Sydney, Australia.
As a pro he's been managed by Johnny Reetz, who once had managed Iran "The Blade" Barkley in his epic battles against Hearns and Duran, and others top fighters, He's been trained by Sidney Gomes, who'd worked with him in the national amateur team.
A lightning jab, good combinations and a respectable punch are Barros's trademarks.