Boxing coach backs Jumah to emulate Dale Youth legends Groves and DeGale

PUBLISHED: 16:37 10 December 2014 | UPDATED: 16:37 10 December 2014

Deion Jumah. Pic: Winfried Mausolf

Deion Jumah. Pic: Winfried Mausolf


Dale Youth coach Mick Delaney believes his former amateur star Deion Jumah has the attributes to go on and fulfil his talent in the professional ranks – just like George Groves and James DeGale.

After a 14-month absence from the ring, Jumah returned to action at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany on Saturday and secured his fourth professional victory.

Jumah, who won two ABA titles, sent his opponent Josef Krivka to the canvas on four occasions before the referee called a halt to the action in the second round.

Delaney said: He trained down at the gym about three weeks ago and he looked in great condition. He is a very laid-back kid, he has kept his feet on the ground. He’s a very humble guy and sparred a few of our boys.”

Delaney says he knew from early on that Jumah was a special talent.

“I put him in the ABAs after just three fights,” he said. “A lot of people questioned why I put him in with so few bouts, but I knew from seeing him in the gym that he would be able to handle it.

“He was robbed in the final of the ABAs the first year I put him. It was the only fight he lost as an amateur, he went on to win the ABAs twice.

“He had a lot of power, lots of people avoided him as an amateur. Like George, he used to do kickboxing so he already had excellent balance and movement.

“He is a southpaw and has the ability to go on to reach the same level as a professional as George and James. He is on the same level as them.”

Jumah dropped down from cruiserweight to light heavyweight for his latest win and was pleased with his performance.

He said: “It’s great to be back. I was really pleased with my performance. I would have liked to have been in there longer. I wasn’t looking for the stoppage, but I can’t complain.

“There were certain shots I wanted to land. I had a lot of success with the left uppercut to the body.

“In the second round I decided to change it up. I caught him with a right hook, left cross to the head. He went down and the referee decided to call it a night. Now it’s on to the next one.’’

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