Jake Sharp prepares for professional debut
12:00pm Thu Jan 19, 2017
Jake Sharp is preparing to make his professional boxing debut.
A young boxer from Balderton is hoping to start his journey to the big time when he enters the ring later this year.
Jake Sharp, 22, who will make his professional debut in March, has seen a vast improvement in his fitness since he started training at the Carl Greaves Boxing Academy, Newark, ten months ago.
Sharp received his professional boxing licence last week ahead of his first fight at the Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottingham, on March 11.
His opponent for the super-middleweight bout has yet to be announced.
Sharp will join a strong card for the show, organised by Greaves, as Newark fighters Adam Kettleborough and Nathan MacIntosh are also on the bill.
Sharp said he was ready for his first professional challenge.
“I joined the academy last year and feel I have come on massively in terms of my fitness,” he said.
“The training has been more serious than I was ever used to. March 11 is going to be next level. I have got a big fan base and I hope I can do well for them.
“I want to go as far as I possibly can in the sport.”
He believes his determination to succeed is one of his biggest assets.
“I never give up and carry on finding a way when I’m under pressure. There’s always a back-up plan to get me through,” he said.
“Growing up, I was pushed down the unlicensed route and was never shown the amateur way. Getting my licence and fighting professionally is a big thing for me.”
Sharp is pleased to have signed with the gym and believes it will give him good opportunities.
“I’m very happy to be signed under Carl’s name. He’s renowned, not just locally but worldwide.
“When I got my licence they told me I had gone with a good manager and trainer in the boxing world.”
'Jake has improved a lot in the last year'
Sharp thanked sponsors Smallwood Treehouses and Highfield Future Planning, and personal trainer Ben Walker, who has completed strength and conditioning training with the fighter.
Sharp has been trained by former-middleweight boxer Andrew Lowe, who said: “He came to me last year wanting to take his boxing more seriously.
“I told him he had some talent and had potential if he applied himself.
“Jake has improved a lot in the past year and he is ready to make the step up. He easily obtained his licence.
“Sometimes he can be a little too determined for his own good.
“We have concentrated a lot on his boxing attributes and getting his focus right.”
The headline fight for the show at the Harvey Hadden Stadium will see Sam Bowen take on Chris Conwell for the vacant English super-featherweight title.
To book tickets for the show go to www.carlgreavespromotions.co.uk/events