Jordan King’s career is looking forward to swapping one ring for another this weekend, writes Roy Kelly.
The unbeaten Hetton crowd favourite is relishing his match with Christian Gomez this Sunday at the Stadium of Light.
His Summer Rumble date comes after a far more important match – his wedding to Gemma.
The 24-year-old married his better half in Mexico in April and with his nuptials and honeymoon now out the way he is ready to do what he does best: fight!
“I’m ready for it,” said the exciting super-middleweight, who is completing his preparations at trainer Clifton Mitchell’s Derby gym .
“After getting married I’ve been back in the gym for a couple of months, I was soon straight into my stride.
“I’ve trained really hard, lost a stone and feel good. I’m looking forward to the fight.”
King is making his Summer Rumble debut as he chases the seventh win since turning professional.
The 24-year-old has not boxed since a points win over Jason Ball at Rainton Meadows Arena back in November.
Gomez, born in Spain but now a resident in Plymouth, has more experience despite being three years King’s junior.
The 21-year-old though has lost 14 of his 21 fights, but that does not mean the Durham man will be taking it lightly.
“Gomez looks quite a good kid,” said Jordan, who has six wins to his credit, two inside the distance.
“He’s a strong, come-forward fighter, who gives it a go – he’s not going to stand there and let me beat him.
“But I feel great – Clifton is happy and I’ve done plenty of rounds in sparring with (Commonwealth title challenger) Dave ‘Rocky’ Ryan etc.”
King will be boxing at the Sunderland ground for the first time, when he will be part of a 14-fight card.
“It’s my first time,” he added. “I’m not much of a football fan, but it’s a great stadium and always a good show.
“It’s fantastic to be on it.”
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