Maidstone’s newest professional boxer Jordan Smith has put pen to paper to sign a three-year management contract with Joe Elfidh of JE Promotions.
The 21-year-old middleweight joins fellow Maidstone welterweight Lenny Fuller, unbeaten in four fights, and will be trained by Lee Page at the Invicta Gym in Sheerness.
The 160-pounder has been very active on many of the local unlicensed boxing shows, winning eight of his 12 fights, and has turned down the chance to fight for titles to turn pro instead.
Smith said, “I boxed on WBU, UKBC, KBO shows, MBC charity shows and more. I actually had two title shots coming up but pulled out of them both to turn professional with JE Promotions instead.”
Smith experienced his first fight aged 16 when previously boxing for amateur clubs Westry ABC and Brompton ABC but left boxing for a short time to concentrate on another dangerous sport – motorbike racing on Grass track and Speedway.
Since deciding on turning over, the youngster has experienced a baptism of fire sparring with undefeated Lenny Fuller.
“Yeah, he’s a tough kid,” laughed Smith. “There’s no point lying about that! Hes got a bright future ahead of him, and sparring with him has shown me the skill level in the pros is on a much higher level, I mean it’s a completely differentgame, but I’ve got good trainer and good team around me, so I’ve got this, no worries.
“This is exactly where I wanted to get to and when I got the opportunity, I snatched it up. I got enough of a following from the unlicensed and some sponsors helping me out in CGMO Groundworks; W.C & R.A Caudwell; Decals Lab and Shady Custom Tattoos.”
JE Promotions have an event coming up on February 23 at Mote Park, which stablemate Fuller is scheduled to fight on, but Smith will most likely make his pro bow on the next Maidstone show in May.
Manager Joe Elfidh commented on his newest signing, “He messaged me on Facebook, so I met with him and told him how the pro game works. He was really keen, so I asked Lee Page to have a look at him, who has done good work with Lenny Fuller, and he told me that he’s a good kid and, at just 21, he’ll only improve. Lee had him training for just a couple of weeks and he turned up on time every day, handled himself in sparring and showed dedication.
“He lost a couple in the unlicensed but now he’s with an established trainer and a good team with Lenny Fuller as a regular sparring partner, so I’ve got high hopes for this kid.”
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