HETTON boxer Jordan King is making waves on the fight scene, attracting a six-fight deal from Box Nation TV and sponsorship from the Best Western Roker Hotel.
The 21-year-old has only two professional fights under his belt so far – his third comes next weekend, when he fights on the Stuey Hall undercard at the Metro Radio Arena.
But already the light-heavyweight has caught the eye and as well as backing from the Roker Hotel, Jordan has agreed a deal with Sky-linked boxing channel, Box Nation, to screen his next half a dozen fights.
Jordan, of Houghton Road, Hetton, says: “I’m really pleased that Box Nation wanted me on their fight nights from now on and it’s good to have the Roker Hotel supporting me too.
“It’s an exciting time for me but I know that I’m just starting out and that I’ve still got it all to do.
“Having them behind me is great but I’ve got to concentrate on my boxing and keep focusing on improving myself all the time.”
Jordan, who trains under coach Paul Quarmby at Washington District Youth Boxing Gym in the North East, and with former heavyweight contender Clifton Mitchell in training camps in Derbyshire, goes for his third straight win when he faces tricky Lithuanian Vaidas Balciauskas.
The 27-year-old is a last-minute substitute for Sussex’s James Child who was a late withdrawal and could provide a real challenge for King, having won three of his four fights, two by a knockout.
Quarmby said: “It’s going to be a real challenge for Jordan with such a late change, so it’s a fight we are taking very seriously.
“Jordan is a real talent but he’s still starting out and he knows he’s got to make sure he does everything right.
“We are trying to get a bit of momentum to Jordan’s career, so it’s great that he is getting backing and is on such a high profile bill as the Stuey Hall world title defence next weekend.”
The Roker Hotel’s new owner, Mark Hird said: “Russell Foster was the long-term owner of the hotel and had a proud tradition of supporting local sport and it’s a tradition that we are keen to continue.
“Jordan is a really exciting homegrown boxer who we are more than happy to back.”