Roody Pierre-Paul drew inspiration for boxing, like so many, from watching heavyweight Mike Tyson, demolish the division.
However, when Pierre-Paul entered the ring and began learning the finer points of boxing, he soon realized that the ring style of Iron Mike was not the best fit. Instead of trying to be a seek-and-destroy power puncher, Roody chose to emulate another great champion, Roy Jones Jr. With his flamboyance, constant movement and fast hands, Pierre-Paul, like Jones Jr., enjoys surprising his opponents by throwing sharp punches from completely unexpected angles. And like Jones, Pierre-Paul is a natural entertainer, a performer who understands the value of performance. His enthusiasm and passion for boxing is always on display.
After a series of wins, the phone rang and suddenly the Laval boxer had an amazing opportunity: to fight for the WBC United States super featherweight title. But to win it he had to overcome talented prospect and friend of Adrien Broner, Brandon Bennett, who was 16-1. Not only that, he would have to battle in his opponent’s hometown of Cincinnati. It was a huge challenge, and in hostile terrain, with the crowd jeering his every move, Pierre-Paul gave Bennett a tough fight. The close decision went to the hometown fighter, but Pierre-Paul drew a number of lessons from the experience, lessons which would serve him well.
A year later, a new opportunity: a chance to compete for the WBC Continental Title against Baha Laham at the Casino de Lac-Leamy in Gatineau. Laham had a 12-1-2 record and the backing of a local promoter, but Pierre-Paul gave a truly inspired performance, perhaps the best of his career, and after a fierce battle he won the judges’ verdict. Despite this success and a shiny, new belt, setbacks awaited. Two losses via decision followed, and the Laval fighter had to do some serious thinking about what was the next step for him to take in his career.
But then, in October of 2015, an unexpected chance. Rixa Promotions staged a boxing gala in Repentigny, Quebec featuring Francis Lafrenière and veteran fighter Renan St-Juste. It just so happened that Repentigny was where St-Juste coached and managed different fighters at his gym, one of them being Pierre-Paul.
Thus, a match was added to the show between Pierre-Paul vs. Alvin Tam. A true crossroads fight, the stakes were high for both men; but Pierre-Paul triumphed, overcoming Tam’s furious assauly, to win a unanimous decision. Impressed by both Pierre-Paul’s performance and his spirited personality, Rixa Promotions decided to sign him, on adding the up him to the stable of young boxing talent.
Pierre-Paul knows that being an excellent boxer is not enough to break through to the next level. With a stable set of fights per year, he is even closer to his dream of regaining a major title and getting a high-profile match which will elevate his standing and bring his talents to the attention of even more boxing fans. In 2017, Pierre Paul is hunting, hungry for bigger opportunities and a chance to show Montreal boxing fans thrilling performances.