|from left; Derek Grainger, George Jupp and Johnny Eames. photo by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro|
“He has what it takes to have a good, if not great, professional career.”
This coming Friday 19 year old George Jupp will be taking his first tentative steps into the world of professional boxing, when he debuts against Peter Barney at the Bruce Baker and Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym, co-promoted “Oakey’s Last Stand” event at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Portsmouth on the 21st May 2010.
Jupp, from Islington, North London, may not have had a particularly stellar amateur career, having only won around half of his 60 plus fights, but according to his highly experienced management and training team, Johnny Eames and Derek Grainger of London’s World famous fight factory – The Ultrachem TKO Gym in Canning Town – he has what it takes to have a good, if not great, professional career.
Eames and Grainger’s belief in the youngster is such that, at the tender age of sixteen, Jupp was asked to attend Matthew Marsh’s World title fight training camp in Tenerife. Whilst there Jupp proved beyond doubt that he could hold his own in such esteemed company.
Following his daily training session at the gym Jupp spoke of his upcoming debut. “I’m really looking forward to my pro debut. I did OK, not great, as an amateur. I had around sixty amateur bouts and won about half of them. I think those fights have taught me a lot.
I know the pro game is totally different to the amateurs, It’s like a totally different sport really, a lot of different training, different techniques and soaking up the professional knowledge and training from Del (Derek Grainger) Johnny (Johnny Eames).
You can’t learn from anyone better than Del and Johnny, they have so much experience. It also helps training here at the Ultrachem TKO gym as there’s always top class sparring. I’ve mean I’ve sparred with Akaash Bhatia and Matthew Marsh amongst others. All of that should help make the transition to pro easier. Mind you I think I’ll adapt really quickly as my style of boxing has probably been more suited for the pro game anyway.”
Eames, who guided Graham Earle and Kevin Lear to their World Championship successes, then added, “George came to us as a skinny scrawny little kid and over the three and a half years he’s been with us he’s developed into a man.
He had a mediocre amateur career, got to the London finals where he got beat by a very, very good London fighter who is now in the ABA finals. But I think George has got all the attributes to become a very, very good professional. We expect him to do really well this Friday.”
George Jupp Vs Peter Barney is on the undercard Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey versus Michael Banbula for the British Masters Light Heavyweight title fight at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym and Bruce Baker co-promoted “Oakey’s Last Stand” event at Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Portsmouth on the 21st May 2010.
The stacked undercard includes an intriguing Light Heavyweight contest featuring Jupp’s Ultrachem TKO gym mate, Peter ‘The Daddy’ Haymer against dangerous Portsmouth southpaw Paul Morby.
Another Ultrachem TKO Gym mate, Redhill, Surrey’s Daryl Setterfield faces unbeaten, in six outings, Wayne Goddard from Borden, Hampshire. Whilst at Super Middleweight, Newmarket, Suffolk’s Matt Jack has an equally tough opponent when he faces New Milton, Hampshire’s Danny ‘Dangerous’ Goode. Two further match-ups to be announced this week.
‘Oakey’s Last Stand’ will be on the 21st May 2010 at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Alexandra Park, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 9QA.
Tickets are available from:
Mountbatten Leisure Centre, Alexandra Park, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO2 9QA. – Tel: 023 9362 6500
Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym, Gillian House, Stephenson Street, Canning Town, London E16 4SA – Tel: 020 7474 3199