Tampa, FL (WFLA) – His name is Wilky Campfort. In the ring, the Tampa boxer goes by ‘Silky’ Wilky. But, don’t let the smooth name fool you. He’s a boxing beast. Saturday this 21-1 fighter gets a shot at a national title.
“Very excited man. I’ve been working for this opportunity for a long time.. like 13 years,” Campfort said
Saturday in Dallas, he’s taking on champ Jermall Charlo for the IBF Junior Weight title. He’s hoping to continue a trend of Bay Area boxers making it big.
“I’m just following their footsteps hoping to become a champion like they are.”
Mike Tyson inspired Wilky to box. Growing up in Haiti and moving around a lot as a child, he faced a lot of hard times… things he doesn’t like to talk about. Boxing became his refuge.
“When I was a kid I wanted to box, but wasn’t no boxing gyms in Haiti. People in Haiti are more into soccer and Tai Kwon Do, Judo and things like that..”
Now he’s kicking butt in a different way by opening his own gym, Bulldog Boxing and Fitness. It’s a place not only for him and his wife to train (she’s a boxer too), but a place to give back so kids with a dream like his, have a place to live it out.
“We’re not looking to make no money off it. As you can see there are a lot of kids. We provide gloves equipment for the kids and stuff. We are just giving back to the community that’s all.”
And come Saturday in the Lone Star State, the national spotlight will shine on “Silky” Wilky Campfort… as he tries to bring home a title and ‘hope’ to the young people here and his homeland Haiti.
“Hopefully I’ll win this title and that will bring me to a bigger place and I can get to go back over to Haiti and open up some gyms so the kids can have a place to call their owns.”
You can watch Campfort box Saturday at 3 p.m. EST on WFLA News Channel 8.