TEENAGER Jordan Ellison says he feels like a “kid again on Christmas Day” as the excitement builds ahead of his professional debut this weekend.
The 19-year-old, from Seaham, is on the bill at Rainton Meadows Arena on Sunday on the promotion tagged Colossal.
Some fighters get in the ring because they feel like they’ve been forced to, but I get in there because I love itJordan Ellison
Ellison describes boxing as his “life”, and after a successful amateur career, he feels more than ready to make the step up into the pro game.
The former Tyne, Tees and Wear 57kg title holder has been preparing for his debut since before Christmas, and the lightweight simply can’t wait to hear the first bell.
Ellison told the Echo: “I feel like a kid again on Christmas Day.
“I’ve been waiting for this fight to come for a long time, and I’ve never been so excited.
“I’m getting butterflies already just waiting for it, and as soon as I step through those ropes and hear that bell, it’s going to be amazing.
“I love the sport and have done it since I was 10 years old, so I just can’t wait to get in there.
“Some fighters get in the ring because they feel like they’ve been forced to, but I get in there because I love it.
“It’s like I’m addicted to boxing – the thrill, excitement and joy of fighting is massive for me. Boxing is my life.”
Ellison trains at the DBMA (Darlington Boxing and Martial Arts Academy) and is coached by Paul Hamilton.
In the build-up to Sunday’s fight, he has been sparring with John Green, who has fought for a Northern Area title in the past.
He has dedicated himself to realising his “dream”, and is confident the sacrifices he has made will help him get his professional career off to a perfect start.
Ellison added: “I’ve basically been training for a 10-round fight, and I feel as though I’d be able to get in there and do 10 rounds, no problem.
“I’ve dedicated myself to this and have missed a few birthday parties, and things like that, but there’s no success without sacrifice.
“My family sometimes say things like ‘come out for a meal’, but I always say I have to go training, or go for a run.
“I’ve got a time schedule and a diet which I’ve got to stick to.
“Some of my mates have called me boring and things like that, but to be honest, they don’t know what it’s like to have the life of a boxer.
“It’s not just my career – it’s my dream.
“I fought my heart out as an amateur for a chance to go professional, and I’m not going to give that up easily.”
Ellison, whose nickname is Baby J, is expecting an “electric” atmosphere, with a sizeable support from Seaham expected to back him.
He said: “It’s basically on my doorstep – it’s five minutes up the road.
“The support I’ve got is unbelievable, and it’s like I’ve got the whole of Seaham behind me.
“People have been talking to me about it, and that is without me even having a professional fight yet, so I can’t wait to get out there and put Seaham on the map.
“Seaham is known as a place where people get behind their own, so once they see a local lad fighting in the ring, I know they’ll support me.
“The atmosphere is going to be electric, and I can’t wait.”
Also on Sunday’s show, which is being promoted by Phil Jeffries, is Sunderland’s Thomas Essomba, who will take on Isaac Quaye for the International Masters bronze belt.
West Rainton’s Tommy and Martin Ward, Sunderland’s Isaac Macleod and Hetton’s Jordan King will also look to impress.
For tickets, call 07747 611020.