Jack Summers is hoping to end a frustrating year on a positive note when the West Bromwich pugilist steps into the ring in Tewkesbury for the first time in over 14 months, writes James Eley.
Summers has been scheduled to compete in a list of fights this year but all his opponents have dropped out and he is determined to take out his anger on Errol Johnson’s ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ show at Tewkesbury School Sports Hall this coming Saturday, 10th December.
“Hopefully it will be different this time,” he told uko-boxing.com. “I wish I knew how to stop the guys pulling out, it is so frustrating because I can’t control it.
“The fights I was supposed to have had, the other lads have dropped out at the last minute. That has happened about six times on the bounce now so that is really frustrating. It has been happening since last November when I was meant to fight but the guy pulled out.”
Despite his inactivity the 21-year-old feels he has improved in that time and puts that down to his training regime. The super featherweight caught the eye when he burst onto the scene as a professional last year and he wants to do the same again this time around.
“I have kept ticking over in the gym and I have stayed focused despite the setbacks. I feel like I have improved as a boxer even though I haven’t been fighting. I have been working a lot on my fitness as I have had so much time in the gym and that will benefit me now going forward. I know I won’t be rusty when I get in the ring because I have been sparring regularly to keep me sharp and I have been getting plenty of rounds in.
“The plan is to continue from where I left off and try and put on good performances just like I did when I turned professional last year. The only thing I want to change this time around is to stay active now and rack up the fights.”
The fight in Gloucestershire will be Summers’ first outside of Walsall but he is adamant he is looking forward to travelling and with his opponent now announced – Luke Fash – he believes he can grab himself an early birthday present on fight night.
“I don’t mind going down to Tewkesbury. It is somewhere new for me which will be a good experience and I like travelling to new places and seeing different venues so I am excited. With this not being a home show it takes the pressure off me and I can just relax and concentrate on giving a good performance.I will be fighting Luke Fash. I was supposed to fight Michael Mooney originally but he pulled out so I am fighting Fash.
“I haven’t looked him up yet but I will have a little look at him before the fight and see what he is about. My birthday is the eighteenth so it will be a nice birthday present to get back in the ring and get a win.”
Tickets are £50 VIP or £30 standard for Western Country Boxing’s ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ show, sponsored by Warners Motor Group, and are available by calling 07772 466 790.