TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__From Idaho to Las Vegas, to Topeka, Kansas, Mayetta boxer Marcus Oliveira has been punching his way through the light heavyweight boxing ranks
Now just one man stands between him and the World Boxing Association title belt.
When Marcus Oliveira enters the ring against WBA champion Beibut Shumenov he'll be fulfilling a dream. One that he recognizes took a whole lot of sacrifices to get to.
Marcus Oliveira has taken a long winding road to get his name in the spotlight. Taking fights that paid very little and having to work full time while fighting opponents that dedicated their hours to training.
While managing his narcolepsy condition and juggling a full time job everything changed with a three punch knockout blow to light heavyweight Ryan Coyne in mid-April, and Marcus became the world's top contender in his division.
He says, "Fantasy became more reality. Now I am meeting all the top promoters and top fighters and I'm on the radar. I never thought I'd be mentioned in the same breath as Bernard Hopkins."
Through all the hard work, Marcus isn't use to losing, and his undefeated 25-0-1 record as a professional proves just that. To win the WBA title would also mean a lot to his small town community.
Oliveira said, "I think the kids can relate better because I am from a small town and not from somewhere across on the other side of the country, I'm right here."
If all goes as planned the man who represents the state of Kansas, the Potawatomie and Menominee nations, will have a new nickaname. "The Champ."
Oliveira currently holds the WBA and NABC Fedebol Light Heavyweight Champion.
While the championship fight with Beibut Shumenov has yet to be scheduled this year, Oliveira plans to continue his training and work at the Prairie Band Casino as he has before all his previous fights.