Lateef Kayode in discussions with Top Rank

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Lateef Kayode, who is planning to leave the cruiserweight division to move up to heavyweight, is reportedly negotiating to join the Top Rank stable.

Manager Steven Feder tells BoxingScene.com that Lateef Kayode is considering a move to Top Rank, as Feder says he's had discussions with Bob Arum about the move, and that the talks have thus far been positive.

Kayode (18-0, 14 KO) went to a draw that was later changed to a no-contest with Antonio Tarver in his last fight, which came in June 2012. Since then, he's stated an intention to move to heavyweight, but hasn't found a fight, and still has nothing scheduled. The 30-year-old, originally from Nigeria and trained by Freddie Roach, would be moving to a company that has largely abandoned the heavyweight division, as Golden Boy has also done (or never really bothered with, for that matter).

Kayode's career could use something, though, and Freddie Roach, his trainer, obviously has plenty of experience with Top Rank. The move may not open a ton of doors for him given Top Rank's almost entirely non-existence presence in the heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions, but at this point, he's doing nothing but sitting during what should be his prime years.

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