Deion Jumah: A British title is just around the corner for me
PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 May 2016
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Former Dale Youth ABC star Deion Jumah says he has only discovered 10 per cent of his potential to date – but maintains he is the best light-heavyweight in the country.
The 26-year-old has won all of his eight professional bouts to date, most recently against Colin Farricker at the Copper Box Arena in January, coming out on top on his long-awaited British debut courtesy of a points decision.
And Jumah, who has previously been tipped to emulate what Dale Youth legends James DeGale and George Groves have done in the professional game by former coach Mick Delaney, believes his hard work will be rewarded in the not too distant future.
He told the Times: “It’s been a good but eventful journey for me so far. I’ve been boxing for six years, if you include my time as an amateur.
“I’ve been a professional for three of those, and I’ve learnt so much more during that time than as an amateur – as it should be really.
“My career has been patchy, I’ve had a few injuries and some health issues, so I haven’t been able to get up to the level I thought I would have initially.
“I’ve only realised about 10 per cent of my potential so far, there’s a lot more to come from me.
“That said, I think I have already proved that I am a great fighter on a number of occasions.
“I truly believe I am the best light-heavyweight in the country. I look at all the other fighters in my division and I know I can beat them all.
“I just need some good fights to be made up so I can prove myself to the world.”
Jumah boasted an impressive record at amateur level, winning 23 of his 24 bouts, as well as being a two-time ABA cruiserweight champion.
And now the Sauerland boxer, who also works for a removals firm, wants to rack up a similar run in his professional career, and do it in style, as he eyes a first British title.
He added: “I need some momentum to build on, once I get that and once I can start performing to the same level every time I step into the ring, I will make a real impact in this division.
“It’s not just the wins that matter though, it’s the performances that come with them. I’m someone who sees myself as a knockout artist and a very exciting fighter.
“Due to the injuries and other problems I’ve faced in the last few years, I haven’t been able to do that in the same way I used to do at amateur level.
“I feel like a British title isn’t too far away. That would be reward for all the hard work I have put in.
“It’s a dream of mine and its something I keep striving to achieve. It hasn’t been easy by any stretch of the imagination.
“Yeah I keep winning, but that’s what I do, I’m a winner in everything I do.”
Jumah remains in close contact with his former amateur club, and recently attended the unveiling of their new state-of-the-art facility in Ladbroke Grove.
The youngster was impressed with the newly refurbished £400,000 gym, but says he will miss the old one.
“I used to go down to the old amateur gym all the time and even more recently the temporary one,” he said.
“The new facility is obviously really nice, but I still prefer the old gym. There’s something about the old gyms that I like a lot – they have a real gritty feel to them.
“They are amazing facilities at the gym though that will no doubt help the lads. I’m definitely looking forward to training there in the near future.”