Ultimate Boxxer III promises to deliver an eclectic mix of fighting styles when eight of England’s hottest middleweight prospects collide at The Indigo at The O2 on Friday 10th May, but there’s little argument with regard to who is the ‘banger’ of the bunch.
UB III, sponsored by MansionBet, is exclusively live on BT Sports, BT Sports’ You Tube channel – available to anyone to watch for free – and the dedicated boxing channel BoxNation.
‘Clacton Rock’ Joe Hurn has a proven track record for inflicting concussion. Eighteen of his 22 K1 contests ended with his opponent horizonal and counting birdies, while 10 of his 11 victims on the ‘unlicensed’ circuit also failed to finish.
And Kayo Joe has continued his combustible ways since he was granted a professional boxer’s licence in February 2015, flattening half a dozen foes en route to compiling an imposing 10-0-1 CV.
‘I’m not the purest but I love to have a row and I know I can punch. I’m a no-nonsense fighter who always looks to chin ‘em first round! Either you fall or I fall. Leaving the arena, fans always talk about the knockout on the bill,’ claims the Leytonstone-born wrecking machine.
Hammer-handed Hurn’s combative urges were initially satisfied through kick-boxing but his conversion to conventional pugilism was forced through quasi-comical circumstances.
‘In 2010, I got into a bit of trouble and was banged up for three years. I kept really fit inside but, when I was released, I was put on tag so couldn’t kick!’ disclosed the 33 year old ground worker who is steered by Norwich management team Graham Everett and Jon Thaxton.
‘However, my old gym had started a boxing program and I was introduced to my trainer Russell Smith. Ironically, I’d always been more of a puncher than a kicker.
‘I started out on the unlicensed circuit but, because of my 10 pm curfew, they always had to put me on first. I had 11 fights, all wins. I also sparred (Olympic bronze medallist) Anthony Ogogo over Norwich way.’
Since straightening out his life, reformed Hurn juggles his ring ambitions around full-time employment and parenthood.
‘Most think I’m mad,’ he states.
‘I get up at 3.45 am to drive to the Champions Gym in Colchester to train before doing a day’s graft on the roads: hand digging, slabbing, lots of heavy lifting. That frees me up to spend time with my daughter (two year old Dulcie) in the evenings.
‘I work for my money and box purely for self-achievement. When I win this, I might treat myself to a few beers and a Chinese but the rest of the dough can go into Dulcie’s bank account. I want her to have a better start to life than I had.’
Already, smokin’ Joe has eclipsed the goals he set himself upon entering the profession and he knows that success at UB3 could catapult him into title contention.
‘Starting out, my sole goal was to see my name on boxrec!’ states Hurn.
‘Now I’d love to fight for the Southern Area down at light-middle or even welter. I’ve been holding my weight at 11.8 for two months now. This Ultimate Boxxer is a great stage to expand my fan base and showcase my worth.
‘I’m not concerned about the others and I never study opponents on You Tube. I focus solely on being the best that I can be. I’m already 33 so I have to take risks. I can’t avoid anyone. I’d love to draw one of the other Essex lads. Kaan (Hawes, from Witham) does a similar job to me so there’s a lot of banter flying about on the local building sites.’
And ‘The Clacton Rock’ predicts that his high-octane, explosive ring manner is perfectly tailored for him to triumph over the UB’s unique and intense three round format.
‘So far, most of my fights have been high intensity four rounders but six haven’t even lasted that long. I always start fast so this is made for me,’ he finishes.
‘The others will be very wary because I carry ‘The Equaliser’. I punch very hard. If I hit you clean, it’ll take a very good man to get back up!’