‘’I think the Light-Heavyweight scene is booming in the UK right now. That English Title fight is the one that I want right now.’’ 10-1 Light Heavyweight Jake Ball sounded eager to launch his challenge on the domestic circuit and beyond.
Heavy-handed, Light Heavyweight Jake Ball is hoping to end 2017 with four wins from four as he eyes a December outing to round off a successful year. A thrilling encounter with Joe Sherriff at the famous York Hall last month saw Ball knock down his previously unbeaten foe two times, on the way to a 10-round victory.
Speaking exclusively to FightTalk.net, Jake Ball reflects on a year of action, looks ahead to the future, and gives his ‘’two cents’’ on the soap opera which has become the domestic British Light Heavyweight.
‘’I am hoping for an English Title now against Liam Conroy. I won my eliminator last month and now that is the fight that I want. I find out this week when I am fighting next. It should be December time’’
Standing at 6’4, Ball is considered a mammoth at Light Heavyweight. Coupled with his rangy, southpaw style and the ability to knock a man out with either hand, ‘The Blade’, expressed his great keenness and desire to get back in the ring as soon as possible.
‘’Training is going great. I am back in the gym working and I can’t wait till the next one. I’m itching to get back in the ring. I’ve only just got back in the gym so won’t be back sparring for another couple weeks.’’
Just this weekend, we witnessed 154lbs kingpin, Jermell Charlo clear out a young, highly touted Erikson Lubin in one round. This time last year, the story was the same for Ball. A hot prospect, coming up against a rough and tough opponent. JJ McDonagh was 7 years Ball’s senior, and used every year’s added experience to his advantage.
A year older and four fights wiser, the Surrey man is determined to never repeat that night in his career again.
‘’The fight against JJ McDonagh taught me not to rush and take my time. That fight was a great learning experience and I definitely won’t make the same mistakes twice!’’
A talented amateur, people often forget that Ball celebrated his two-year anniversary as a professional only last month. Boxing has been an instrumental part to this man’s life since the age of 8, and as 2018 draws closer, Ball was optimistic that it will be his best year in the sport thus far.
‘’My goal for 2018 is to be British Champion. It is something I have always dreamed of and it’s such a prestigious belt, so that is my primary goal for next year. I love fighting on Sky Sports. I think it gives me the best platform to showcase my talent.’’
The last few months has seen the domestic Light Heavyweight newsreel dominated with headlines of the Frank Buglioni and Anthony Yarde saga. In what appears to be a visual representation of a ‘Cold War’-esque standoff between Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren, the trials of tribulations of boxing politics have appeared to be at their finest worst.
With an English title shot imminent, and the British shot ever increasingly becoming a case of ‘when not if’, Ball weighed in on the matter with his view of events.
‘’The thing with the whole situation is that Buglioni has a mandatory he has to fight. So the way I see it, Yarde should’ve taken the Hosea Burton fight then the winners go on to fight for the British. That makes most sense.’’
General S. Patton once famously said ‘’I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but how high he bounces when he hits the bottom.’’ In which case, I advise you all to keep a very close eye on Lightwater man, Jake Ball.
Having recovered from the sole defeat of his career in the most impressive nature, the former GB amateur is looking to write the next chapter in a boxing career that has already delivered so much.
Follow Jake’s journey on Twitter: @1jakeball
Written by Thomas Humber