Hetton scrapper King fired up for pro boxing debut

Hetton boxer Jordan King signs up for trainer Clifton Mitchell (left)
Hetton boxer Jordan King signs up for trainer Clifton Mitchell (left)
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HETTON boxer Jordan King is set for his first professional fight on Sunday when he takes on Lithuania’s Egidijus Kakstys.

The 21-year-old light-heavyweight, formerly of Hetton ABC, will make his debut at Leicester’s Hermitage Centre on the undercard of Prince David Davis and Jahmaine Smyle’s battle for the vacant Midlands Area super-middleweight title.

And King is hoping that he can have as distinguished a career in the professional ranks as he did in the amateurs, where he was Tyne, Tees and Wear boxing champion eight times and Clubs For Young People national champion, going on to represent Great Britain at international level.

King is being trained by former Hetton ABC man Paul Quarmby, who has gone on gain his professional boxing coaching licence in order to co-train King alongside former leading British heavyweight Clifton Mitchell.

Quarmby said: “Jordan’s in great shape and looking forward to the fight this weekend.

“He’s been in solid training now for about eight weeks and is ready for it.”

Mitchell, a product of Brendan Ingle’s Sheffield gym in his own boxing career, said: “I’m excited about helping Jordan develop I think he is a real prospect.

“He’s only at the start of his professional career, but I can see him going on to challenge for titles.”

Jordan will be fighting a fellow 21-year-old in the shape of the Eastern European, but Kakstys is much more experienced, having had 21 fights already, although he has won only three.

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