Bill Tibbs writes about rising Bronx welterweight Peter Dobson
Bronx, New York welterweight Peter Dobson, (13-0, 7 KO’s), is coming off of 5 big wins and is looking to start getting busy and making some noise among 147-pound prospects.
Dobson had been edging along slowly since turning pro in 2014 but has put 5 signature wins in the bank in less than a year beating previously undefeated Jeremy Nichols, stopping former world title challenger Salim Larbi last December, picking up back-to-back wins in the Dominican Republic and then returning this past July to halt undefeated Emmanuel Medina in Las Vegas on the Manny Pacquiao - Keith Thurman undercard. Dobson was taking a step up, and a risk, in facing undefeated, Golden Boy prospect Medina and certainly rose to the challenge stopping the Alhambra, California-based Medina in 5 rounds.
Dobson is being handled by Zach Levin, along with New York attorneys David Berlin, Keith Sullivan and Nicole Atlas who together have formed ‘Four Corners Advisory Group’ who are managing the undefeated prospect. If the latter surname sounds familiar, it should, because she is the daughter of legendary trainer, and Hall of Fame commentator, Teddy Atlas.
Atlas, and Four Corners, are looking to keep Dobson, who was out of the ring for a year and a half before signing with them, working and developing. Since signing with Four Corners, Dobson has been in the ring 5 times over the last 9 months and the plan is to stay busy.
Maxboxing had a chance to catch up with the always-busy Atlas from her home in New Jersey. Grabbing a moment with Atlas isn’t always easy as she is on the go as a full-time attorney and soon-to-be mother of her second child in October. But, the Staten Island native was happy to take a moment chat about Dobson, a fighter she thinks might be making some moves in the game before long.
Nicole, obviously comfortable around the culture of boxing through her father, who was busy training world champions while Nicole was growing up, is excited about her undefeated prospect and what is next for the New York born and raised Dobson.
Asked how a wife, mother and full-time attorney had any room in her schedule for the crazy world of boxing and Alas enthused that, raised in the culture of the game, she is passionate about the sport and wanted to be part of it.
“I really love boxing, I always have”, said Atlas. “Obviously, through my father, I grew up with the sport, we were always around it and I really loved the sport. So, when I had a chance to be part of forming this management group, I was excited and wanted to be part of it”, she said. “Zach and David knew Peter from the gyms in the Bronx, seeing him develop in the early stages, and I was interested in being part of his career when I was approached”, she said.
Dobson, currently being shopped for a promotional deal, is in the early stages of his career that has had a few stops and starts due to sorting out managerial problems. But, the last few wins have started to turn a few heads.
“Peter has had a few inactive gaps as he was sorting out his situation with his last manger and promoter and he was kept out of the ring at times because of that”, said Atlas. “But, I think this guy has a chance to be a real contender. I mean him winning a world title is our ultimate goal with him. It’s in the early stages of his career but we are seeing some things that we really like”.
He certainly impressed in Vegas and Four Corners are hoping to build off of that.
“He took the fight in Vegas on short notice. But, the good thing is he was ready, he was in the gym and staying in shape to be ready. He is showing he is serious and dedicated and that is what you have to see”, she said.
Asked to describe his style, and what is next, and Dobson was described a fighter that sounds fan friendly to say the least.
“Peter is coming off of a good win and we want to get him back in the ring in September, or as soon as possible”, she said. “He is a gritty fighter, I wouldn’t describe him as a finesse guy”, she said, “he comes at you and he likes to go toe to toe”.