Light-middleweight Jake Best makes his much-anticipated Irish debut on Sat Oct 7th. The Assassin Boxing promoted fighter will feature on the Red Corner show in the national stadium, Dublin.
Ahead of his bout, KO Boxing News caught up with the fan favourite…..
KO – So this is your first time fighting abroad?
JB – That’s right, im really looking forward to it. It’s a big opportunity for me to showcase my skills to a new audience. I’ve heard great things about the National stadium as a boxing venue so I cant wait to get in there. Also, my wife is from Derry so were bringing a lot of fans down for it.
KO – Your 32 now, but you only turned pro at 31. What made you finally decide to go pro?
JB – I love fighting and I’ve been involved in boxing for years now. Previously I was in unlicensed boxing and a lot of white-collar events where I’ve built up quite a following over the years.
I just think it was finally the right time, so I decided to take the opportunity and start taking it seriously and dedicate myself to the sport.
KO – And has there been a big difference in your training since you turned pro?
JB – Obviously im working on my skills a lot more. Now im training twice a day with a long run on a Saturday so im always in great shape and ready to go.
KO – So for any Irish fans not familiar with you, what can they expect on October 7th?
JB – Yeah, you know people just love to watch me fight. Im a good endurance fighter who loves a tear-up and a scrap so the fans are in for a treat on October 7th. My trainer hates it at times but I love to please the fans. Im in this sport to enjoy it also, so im happy to go to war.
KO – And looking ahead, whats your plan then for the next year?
JB – Im going to start moving up the rounds and im targeting a southern area title fight. I’ve no problem making the weight and im feeling really strong. I pride myself on my fitness so the longer fights and rounds will suit me better. As I step up in class, you’re going to see the best from me.
Id also just like to thank my sponsors – Riada Resourcing , Bloc Blinds, Prime Demolition and ESA Boxing!
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