Tired of the machinations of Floyd Mayweather? Confused by which Klitschko is which? You’re in luck, because we’ve just found your new favorite fighter. Say hello to Cam Awesome – the not not Taylor Swift of boxing.
Born Lenroy Thompson, the New York-bred fighter saw his heavyweight boxing reputation take a hit in 2012 when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspended him for a year after he failed to disclose his whereabouts in order to be drug tested. While he went on to have a quarter-life crisis of sorts, he soon got back on track and returned to the ring with big dreams of making the trip to Rio for the 2016 Olympics.
As a way of recognizing his rebirth, he legally changed his moniker to Cam F. Awesome. The F, he says, is whatever you want it to be, but he sides with Cam “Fucking” Awesome because you know you would too.
Anyway, other than his fantastic name, Awesome is a bubbly character who delivers great interviews. Even after losing to Cuba’s Lenier Pero in semifinal of the Pan Am Games on Thursday, he poured out pure gold in his post-bout promo, referring to himself in third person, proclaiming to be “the Taylor Swift of boxing,” blurting out the phrase “freedom beat Communism,” dropping a little Español into the mix and boasting how he could’ve fought and judged at the same time.
Based on the energy he displayed in the two-minute interview, nobody is doubting him.
“The second round came and I was like ‘Oh, OK, I won that round as well. Cam, keep up the good work. You’re truly amazing. Some people say you’re the Taylor Swift of boxing,'” Awesome said. “I’m not saying I’m the Taylor Swift of boxing, but I’m not not saying that I’m the Taylor Swift of boxing.”
And we’re not not loving him today. Let’s all hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Awesome in the spotlight.