Jordan Shimmell ready to Shine!
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr., Doghouse Boxing (Nov 09, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Coming up this
Saturday night, at the Dance Land Ballroom, in Davenport, Iowa, the
undefeated young heavyweight Jordan Shimmell 5-0 (5) will look to
keep his unblemished record intact as he takes on thirty-fight
veteran Clinton Boldridge 10-18-1 (8), in a scheduled six round
Shimmell, who only turned pro this past
June, has been fighting since the age of eight years old. As an
amateur, the Wisconsin born fighter flourished. Jordan earned the
bronze medal in the 2004 National Junior Olympics, the gold medal in
the 2005 National Junior Olympics, three National Junior Golden Glove
titles, seven Michigan Golden Glove titles, two gold medals at the
United States National Championships (2009 and 2011), and countless
more throughout his 165 amateur fighting career. And now as a pro,
the twenty-four year old heavy hitter is on his way to a case of
In this exclusive interview, Jordan
speaks out on his upcoming match-up, career and more, enjoy.
Henderson Jr.: What inspired you to lace up the gloves?
Shimmell: I have always loved the
individual sport, all the glory is all on me, as well as, hey, you
suck is all on me. My grandfather and father both boxed as an
amateur. I loved the attention. I am putting in the hard work, and it
is paying off.
BH: You turned
pro just this past June, was it hard to adapt from the transition
from the amateurs to the pros?
JS: To be honest, I did not think it was that big of a deal. There is a
difference, but you still have to throw punches and move away from
thoughts on your upcoming opponent Clinton Boldridge?
JS: Win, lose or draw, he has been in there with talented fighters, he
knows what he is doing, and he has experience, as well as a game
plan. But I have a game plan as well, and I have to stick to that
game plan, and use my power and speed. And come out with a victory.
BH: What do you feel are your
greatest assets as a fighter, and where do you feel you need
JS: I personally
believe I need to beef up a bit, I am a small heavyweight. But, I do
have good power for my size, I have good speed and I am able to adapt
to adapt to whatever my opponent brings at me. I can hang with them
BH: Your Dad is your
trainer, how do you two separate the business from the personal side
JS: It gets though
at times, Floyd Jr. and Sr. clashed heads, but we keep a level head.
I know he is there to coach me, yes he is my Dad, but in the gym I
look at him as my coach. But he has been with me my entire career, he
knows when to push me harder as well as when to back off. We have a
great working relationship as well as a great father and son
BH: Why should
a fight fan come witness a Jordan Shimmell fight?
JS: I think I have a great style, I am not a boring fighter. I have a fan
friendly fighter, again this is me saying this (laughing), but I give
the fans what they want. My fans keep coming back.
What type of fight are you expecting out of Clinton Boldrige?
JS: With his experience, I expect him to come in knowing what he is doing
and not just throwing hay-makers. But I plan on using my speed, power
and angles. And hopefully he will not be able to touch me, we should
make a good fight.
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