EXCLUSIVE: Jordan Joseph discusses Ultimate Boxxer participation
Jordan Joseph looks to inspire other boxers to take opportunities by participating in Ultimate Boxxer.
After being outclassed by Joshua Buatsi earlier this year, Jordan Joseph heads right back in the frying pan for the second edition of Ultimate Boxxer.
On November 2nd, Joseph will take part in a tournament filled with domestic level opponents to claim the prize of Ultimate Boxxer champion.
“I thought it was a really good opportunity when it presented itself so I took it. It’s a really good platform to show myself on,” Joseph explained to World Boxing News.
The first Ultimate Boxxer tournament consisted of eight unbeaten welterweights. It showcased upsets throughout the contest which kept the entertainment flowing.
When asked if the success of the first tournament nudged him to take part, Joseph replied: “Yeah, that’s it, the first one did really well so I assume this one will too. Yeah, I watched it live.”
Giving his general view on the tournament, Joseph said: “It’s a really good opportunity for the boxers to prove themselves on the bigger stage, I’m really looking forward to it.”
Scheduled to meet Joseph on December 1st is Darrell Church. His old foe entered the Ultimate Boxxer tournament ahead of the rematch between the two.
Clarifying the situation, Joseph stated: “I fought him before, it came up that we were going to be in this fight cup. The winner would get a shot at either the Southern area or the English title so I took that.
“This Ultimate Boxxer came up and it turns out he’s in it too so it seems that we’re meant to fight. It was actually going to be in November but because of the Ultimate Boxxer it got pushed back to December.”
When asked what happens or changes if the two meet in the Ultimate Boxxer, Joseph chuckled and said: “To be honest, I have no idea.”
Holding a current record of 7-2-1 (2KOs), Joseph is less experienced than his other contestants on paper.
“I’m in it to win it, I wouldn’t be in it if I didn’t think I could go all the way and take those fights so I’m here to win.
“There’s too much career padding, like people padding their record. They’re fighting journeymen over and over again to get that 15-0 record.
“You’ve just got to take these kinds of opportunities to really push themselves toward a title. Because that’s all that matters at the end of the day.”
Sending a message to other boxers, Joseph concluded by saying: “If an opportunity presents itself, take it.”
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller