Jack Summers makes his professional boxing debut on Saturday, hoping it will be the start of a better, brighter future.
After being bullied at school, Summers needed an outlet; somewhere to channel his aggression. He found boxing.
“I got into the sport of boxing when I was about ten years old because I was being bullied at school and wanted to learn how to defend myself,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I ended up really enjoying it and fighting as an amateur I won Midlands titles in the ABA’s several times but never managed to get to the finals.”
All was going well for the West Bromwich youngster, but he began to go off the rails three years ago. He got in with the wrong crowd and again needed saving. Again, he turned back to boxing.
“I ended up stopping due to getting into the wrong crowd and getting into trouble,” he added. “I’ve always wanted to be a world champion and be known as one of the greats in the sport so that’s what made me go pro. It also turned my life around, so in many ways boxing saved me.
“I’m really looking forward to my debut as it’s the start of the rest of my life and a legacy I’m trying to create. “
Summers’ professional career kicks off this weekend as he appears on Black Country Boxing’s ‘Independence Day’ Bill at Walsall Town Hall.
“Training has gone really well and I’m more than ready for Saturday . I’ve sparred with a few lads from Wednesbury Boxing Academy. I’ve learnt how to fight in the pocket a lot more.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are still available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900 for Saturday’s show (4th July).
The card features a host of Black Country fighters. Walsall’s Dan Breeze takes on York’s Dean Croft whilst fellow Walsall fighter, Luke Paddock, is also in action. The Midlands Area Light Welterweight Champion Paddock warms up for a maiden defence of his strap by taking on Melksham’s Liam Richards.
Wolverhampton middleweight, Ben Wilkes, steps in with Birmingham-based Fabrice Mpata and Ludlow light middleweight, Craig Morris, locks horns with Latvia’s Viktor Drizlionoks.
Redditch super middleweight, Carl Dickens, is also in action as he steps in with Halesowen-based toughman, Kevin McAuley.
Another West Bromwich debutant, heavyweight Matt Gordon takes on Leed’s James Oliphant. All contests are over four rounds.
Running Order as follows: All 4×3 contests. First bell 7:30pm
Summers v Hussain
Dickens v Croft
Wilkes v Blackwell
Gordon v Oliphant
Morris v Drizlionoks
Breeze v Strudzinski
Paddock v Richards