COVENTRY boxer Jordan Cooke is confident he has what it takes to become the new English lightweight title by the end of the year, interview by Tom Gallagher.
The 22-year-old southpaw has his sights firmly set on challenging current English champion Ohara Davies and is willing to put his unbeaten record f eight consecutive wins on the line for the belt.
“Of course, he has the English title, he’s a decent fighter you don’t win an English belt for nothing,” said Cooke.
“He looks limited in his boxing ability but looks as if he hits hard, I see someone with my style, tall southpaw with better boxing ability beating him, and I would take that fight in a heartbeat.
“I’m in boxing to win a world title, you have to believe in yourself otherwise there’s no point. Timing wise it’s too hard to say as of yet.”
Cooke, who is from Tile Hill and still resides in the city, has seen his chances of a shot at the title increased after signing to Dave Coldwell’s management company.
Signing with such a well renowned management company shows the fantastic ability that the fighter possesses and Cooke is currently training with the likes of world champion Jamie McDonnell and former world title challenger Tony Bellew, to name a few.
“Dave Coldwell is doing a great job with me and has opened doors to box on big Sky Sports shows, were looking to see the year out with a title shot.
“I’ve travelled around Britain and sparred the likes of Scotty Cardle, Tommy Coyle and Frankie Gavin.
“We also have quality sparring in the gym with the likes of Antonio Counihan, Marcus Ffrench and a couple of unbeaten prospects.”
Relocating is the biggest price professional boxers have to pay in order to chase their dreams. Cooke revealed that relocating to a new gym in Birmingham was one of the biggest problems he faced when turning professional at the start of his career but he is please with how he is progressing.
“Changing gyms was the biggest thing but I settled in well. The transition period didn’t take me long and I’m improving with each fight.”
“My professional career is going as planned. Fought some tough opposition and I have been active since I turned professional.”
In the ring Cooke’s career highlight so far has been the devastating second round stoppage of Ismail Anwar in February last year while his most recent win was an explosive fourth round knockout against fellow Brit Lee Connelly at the Genting Arena in Birmingham back in March.
Next up for Cooke, who started boxing at Triumph ABC and is nicknamed ‘The Assassin’, is a fight at Villa Park in Birmingham on June 24, although at this stage he does not who his opponent will be.