25-year old jr. middleweight contender, DeAndre Latimore, of St. Louis, Missouri (21-3, 17 KO), will take on Dennis Sharpe (17-6-3, 4 KO), Saturday April 16. Latimore’s tune up bout will take place on the undercard of Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz’s WBC welterweight title fight, and will be held at the MGM Grand Theater, at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Sharpe recently resumed his career after nearly 45 months of inactivity, losing by TKO in the 4th round of his February 11 bout with Peter Quillin. Dating back to 2004, Sharpe has gone 2-6-2, losing to Giovanni Lorenzo, Pawel Wolak (TKO losses), Andy Lee, James McGirt Jr., Ronald Hearns (UD losses), and the aforementioned TKO4 loss to Quillin.
Latimore boasts a 7th-round TKO victory over jr. middleweight title contender, Sechew Powell, in 2008. In 2009, Latimore lost a close split decision to then-IBF jr. middleweight champion, Cory Spinks. Latimore remains ranked in the number 6 spot by the IBF.