Brent boxer Campbell bidding to make breakthrough into professional ranks
PUBLISHED: 13:00 04 January 2018
Brent's Jerome Campbell is hoping 2018 turns out to be his breakthrough year in the ring.
The former Harrow High School student is being lined up for a debut in the spring and, having enjoyed some amateur success, is setting his sights high.
He said: “I can’t wait to get in the ring as a professional and showcase myself to the boxing world. I belong in there and I’m ready to show everyone that.
“My promoter has told me my debut is scheduled for some time in March, which is perfect timing for me. It allows me and my coaches to work on the transition to professional boxing, but also build a support base.
“Being from Brent I really want to get the community behind me. I’ve got a lot of ideas I want to put into place to make sure I really engage with the community, this way I hope people get a chance to see who I really am.
“I want to go all the way. I really believe I’m destined for greatness. I want to be a world champion, a great champion and a people’s champion.”
Campbell was always sporty as a youngster and found boxing by chance, but was instantly hooked and learnt his craft at three north London clubs.
He added: “I was a natural athlete with football being my main focus throughout my school and teenage years. I never actually laced up a pair of gloves until the age of 21.
“I got into boxing by accident. A friend had started and I started to take a real interest in it and he brought me to Northolt ABC.
“That’s where I first acquired the taste for boxing and fell in love with the sport. I gave it everything, I took on the lifestyle overnight and boxing came naturally to me – footwork, reflexes, just movement in general.
“As a kid, I always felt I had the tools and potential to do great things in my life and boxing had finally provided me with a route to channel all of this.
“I learnt all the basics at Northolt but was still very raw. As I started to develop I decided to move to Finchley ABC where I mixed with some top elite boxers and ended a successful season by winning a gold medal in the Haringey International Box Cup.
“I moved to Islington BC due to Finchley leaving England Boxing, had a great season reaching a national final and becoming London champion.
“I’d like to think everywhere I’ve been as a boxer I’ve left a piece of myself there within the relationships I made with coaches and other boxers. I’m all about good energy and vibes and I’ve met some amazing people along the way. I hope they continue to support me and follow my journey.”
Campbell names Roy Jones Jr and Muhammad Ali as his boxing heroes and says following them into the professional ranks was always his ambition.
Coached by the enthusiastic Xavier Miller and promoted by Steve Goodwin, he says he dreams of achieving great things, adding: “From when I first started, fighting in crazy big events in front of large crowds and winning titles had always been my vision.
“I feel like I completed my ‘apprenticeship’ and it was the perfect time for me at 26 to make the transition.
“I met Xavier and discussed all of the factors involved and decided I wanted to pursue my professional career with Xav and the IQ Boxing Academy.
“We met Steve and I really liked his vision and approach to the professional game. We went through the process and how he plans on developing me, not only on the boxing but also on the marketing and exposure side.”
Ultimately, Campbell’s career will be defined by what he does inside the ropes and he feels Miller is the perfect man to have in his corner.
“Xavier is big boxing fan, you can tell he really loves it!” he said. “He’s got a vast amount of knowledge and is constantly studying boxing, he’s also got a catalogue with a range of historic fights.
“As a boxer, when your coach is that enthusiastic about developing you and embarking on the journey with you, it’s a real refreshing feeling.
“I’ve only been working with Xav for a short amount of time but already he’s improving me and the chemistry is crazy between us, and that’s a real big factor in terms of progress.
“He’s definitely a fan of the sweet science behind boxing and that reflects in the styles of a lot of the boxers he’s worked with in the amateurs and pros.
“That’s one of the main reasons I chose to work with him, due to the boxing IQ. I want to be a champion not just inside but outside of the ring as well.”