Jack Newham
  
Author:  Jon Briggs

As we head into a new boxing season Debutant Watch restarts with a feature on welterweight hopeful Jack Newham. Fighting out of Hayes in Middlesex, 20 year old Jack lays his amateur career to rest as he steps through the ropes for his first professional bout on Saturday night in front of the passionate York Hall crowd.
 
Jacks amateur career was spent fighting out of Dale Youth, now he represents the Westside Boxing Gym in Hounslow. Long-term coach John Holland and manager Steve Goodwin will guide his career through the paid ranks.
 
Jack has managed to build a huge fan base so expect his loyal army of fans to blow the roof off when his ring entrance is announced prior to his four rounder against Bulgaria’s Teodor Nikolov.
 
What made you want to start boxing?
 
“It was my Dad who first took me to the gym and my Granddad used to be a boxer in the army. Once I had started I just loved it, the people in the gym and the training was great fun. When I was a lot younger I was really into my football but as soon as I hit my teenage years boxing totally took over.”
 
Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?
 
“I am in to a lot of the old fighters like Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard. I think my favourite boxer at the moment is Vasyl Lomachenko. He’s a different breed of fighter!”

Did you do much amateur boxing?
 
“I had 36 amateur bouts fighting out of Dale Youth and that would have been more if it wasn’t for some injuries I picked up. During my amateur career I took part in the schoolboys and junior ABA tournaments.”
 
How do you know the time is right to turn pro?
 
“ I was going to enter the senior ABA’s this year but decided I wanted to turn professional now. I feel ready and I feel confident I can do well in the pro game after being in the amateurs since I was 12. I want to move up to the next level.”
 
 
Do you see a difference between amateur and professional boxing?
 
“Yeah, I see a big difference. Mainly I have noticed the training if different and the boxing style is very different. You have to stop bouncing around on your toes and start to plant your feet when throwing shots.”
 
 
Do you work full-time alongside boxing?
 
“I have been training full time getting ready for my debut. I train Monday to Friday and on Sundays. I used to work as a scaffolder but I packed that in so I could box full time. After working a full day it was hard to train in the evenings. I might get another job after this fight to keep some money coming in.”
 
 
What sort of fighting style do you have?
 
“I like to be an aggressive fighter but I can also fight on the back foot. I like to mix it up. I will work out my opponent and then change my style to suit.”
 
What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?
 
“I want to get to the top. You have to be 100% dedicated to make it as a boxer. I want to get the Southern area title first then work up to winning the Lonsdale belt. You have to start from the bottom and work your way up, once you get to Southern Area level you start getting recognition.”