Following on from a stellar amateur boxing career, Margate boxer, Edward Leach is all set to make his professional debut on July 11th at Medway Park, Gillingham on a Joe Elfidh Promotions show.
The show proudly features 12 boxers all from the county of Kent including a quartet of unbeaten boxing stars – Grant Dennis, Dave Jones, Ricky Rose, Oli Edwards.
On making his pro bow on a show in his home county, the 23-year-old super-featherweight prospect said, “It feels special, it’s quite emotional because I’ll be fighting in front of my home fans and family, it’s a special moment, it’ll be nerve-racking but I know what I’ve got to do.”
Leach will be tested at super-featherweight over four three minute rounds with the opponent yet to be confirmed, “I’ll have my opponent named next week, I’m told,” said Leach.
The former England amateur is trained by his father, Neil and older brother, Ricky – also a professional boxer operating in the bantamweight division. The trio train together in the Isle of Thanet Boxing Club.
A father himself, Ed commented on his preparations so far, “It’s been hard work, a lot of dedication, working it around work and around my little boy, it’s been hard work but I’m thoroughly enjoying it.”
Leach boxed for England on several occasions in the amateurs, reached the semi-finals of the ABA’s and also won the HSK Box Cup in Denmark.
After over 70 amateur fights, he confidently claims to have made the transition to the pro game smoothly, “I’ve adapted well to it, I was turning over anyway so I do plant my feet a lot more and my style is well equipped to the pro game.
“The style’s completely different in the amateur game, you’re up on your feet, box and move, in and out, but it’s more settled in the pro’s. It’s calmer but focusing on your next shot, the quality and what’s coming next.”
Newly-formed promotional outfit, JE Promotions is headed by former pro boxer, Joe Elfidh. Of his manager, Edward praised, “He’s the nicest geezer I’ve ever met, if I’ve got problems then he’s the man I come to, I couldn’t see myself with anyone else to be honest.”
The 23-year-old debutant is raring to go in July eagerly stating, “I’ll be knocking on people’s doors and by the end of the year I’ll still be undefeated. My ambition is to become a champion and there’s not many people I come across and feel threatened by.”
Leach will not be the only debutant appearing on the night as sparring partner, Chris Matthews also makes his pro bow. The featherweight from Maidstone takes on seasoned pro, Kristian Laight 9-199-7 in what will be the 34-year-old’s 216th professional contest.
Light-heavyweight, Dan Woodgate 12-2 from Minster returns to the venue that paid witness to his failed Southern Area title bid in September 2013. The International Masters champion has only fought twice since.
Exciting super-middleweight, Grant Dennis 3-0 has his first title fight against tough journeyman, Dee Mitchell 10-75-2.
33-year-old heavyweight, Dave Lee Jones 3-0 from Queenborough will be looking to extend his unbeaten record against 32-year-old Geordie, James Barnes 1-4.
Sheerness 20-year-old middleweight boxer, Oli Edwards 1-0 will be looking to double his win tally against 29-year-old journeyman, Harjinder Gill 0-13-1.
Chatham light-middleweight Ricky Rose 2-0 gets a tough test on fight night against former English title challenger, Liam Richards 11-10. The 28-year-old travelling opponent from Wiltshire is vastly experienced having been involved in five title fights so far in his six year long career.
Whitstable southpaw, James Chiericato 4-1-1 will be desperate to put his demons to bed as he returns to the same venue where he suffered his only loss in September 2013 losing on points to Ben Zacharkiw 0-2.
Lightweight boxer, Zeki Hussein 0-1 from Gillingham will be looking for his first win after losing on his debut to Barnsley southpaw, Lee Gibbons 1-2 well over a year ago at London’s York Hall.
Southpaw boxer, Mick Mills 1-8 from Gillingham will enjoy being the home fighter for the first time in his career which kicked off a year ago in June 2014 in Manchester.
Light-heavyweight Haidar Sadik 0-6 from Rochester will be hunting for his first win in his seventh fight in the paid ranks.
For tickets to the show, call Team Leach on 07444 207 789
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