|Team Sauerland Signs Young British Amateur Boxing Star
SecondsOut special to Doghouse Boxing (Dec 18, 2012)
British amateur star Deion Jumah has signed a promotional deal with Team Sauerland. A two-time ABAE Cruiserweight Champion and former England
international, Jumah will be joining a stable of cruiserweight champions
including Marco Huck (WBO), Yoan Pablo Hernandez (IBF) and Mateusz
Boxing out of London’s Dale Youth Amateur Boxing Club, which
amongst others has produced Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion
George Groves and European Super-Middleweight Champion & Olympic
gold medalist James DeGale, Jumah has already amassed an impressive
amateur record (22-1, 13 KOs).
’’At this stage of his career he is as good as anyone I have
ever trained, including Groves and DeGale,’’ said Mick Delaney, Head
Coach at Dale Youth A.B.C. ’’He has got everything going for him and can
definitely go a long way.’’
Having spurned the advances of a number of British promoters,
Jumah has opted to sign with Team Sauerland. ’’I met Nisse Sauerland in
London and we got on really well,’’ said the 23-year-old. ’’I grew up
watching Sauerland fights. As a cruiserweight I always followed boxing
on the European scene as the division is stronger there than in the UK
or US. It is an honour to think that I can now be a part of that.’’
The powerful southpaw is relishing the unique opportunity he
will be given at Team Sauerland. ’’A lot of fighters do not get the
chance to travel until later in their career and it can come as a shock
to their system,’’ said Jumah. ’’From the beginning of my career I will
be fighting all over the world and at home in the UK. I will be gaining
valuable experience which will help me become a worldwide star.’’
Jumah remains unfazed by the prospect of turning professional.
’’I think my style is more suited to professional boxing,’’ he remarked.
’’I enjoy big crowds and a big ring. Even as an amateur I always went
for the big shots and stoppages. I love fighting, this is who I am and
this is what I am made to do.’’
Promoter Nisse Sauerland has no doubts over Jumah’s ability.
’’We hit it off from the moment we met and as soon as I saw him fight in
the ABAs I knew he could go all the way,’’ said Sauerland. ’’I aim to
keep him as busy as possible over the next few years and have him
fighting all over the world. Deion is a promoter’s dream and I am sure
we are looking at a future world champion.’’
Jumah is set to make his professional debut on February 9 as
part of Team Sauerland’s Nordic Fight Night series at Blue Water Dokken
in Esbjerg, Denmark. In the main event of the evening, 21-year-old
Danish star Patrick Nielsen (17-0, 8 KOs) will make the third defence of
his WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title.
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