Senior ABA champion Joe Roswell makes his inauguration to the paid ranks this Saturday, March 14, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on a Sinfield Star Promotions event which features three Southern Area championship clashes on the card.
The 20-year-old super-featherweight talent trains at Ramsgate ABC with former pro Sammy Holloway and claims he is taking most of Thanet with him to the East End this Saturday night.
“The support has been crazy!” Joe said. “I’ve got well over 100 people from Thanet coming over to support me, which is a big statement.”
Roswell began boxing aged 11 at O’Neills Boxing Gym in his hometown of Margate.
At that young age, he idolised Prince Naseem Hamed and began to compete as an amateur from 12-years-old. His amateur boxing debut ended early with a second-round knockout and the talented fighter went on to win the Junior ABAs, the Haringey Box Cup in 2016, and the Senior ABAs in 2017, as well as representing the England boxing team.
Now, he has decided to turn over at a young age, but comes from a good gym, with an experienced trainer, and counts unbeaten light-heavyweight Paul 'Bomber' Brown as a teammate.
“It's always been a dream of mine to turn pro ever since I was young, I was always told I was something special. Obviously, I come from a very dead end so I would like to put myself out there and my hometown to make a statement that no matter where you’re from, you can still make it.
“I’ve got Sammy Holloway and Liam McKeown as my coaches. Sammy was a pro himself and Liam is solid with everything he knows.”
Like most fledgling pro boxers, Roswell will have to continue working full-time to support his boxing career.
“I’d love to box full-time, but for now I have to work, which I don’t mind doing. I’m a mechanic at All Saints Industrial Estate, around the back of Dreamland in Margate.
“I’d like to see it go as far as I could get, it’s been the dream ever since I was young to turn pro, so I’m buzzing, but I want to go all the way.”
Roswell will face Jamie Speight (15-45) in his professional debut over four rounds at lightweight on the 12-fight card at 'The Home of Boxing' in London.
'The Genius' is a three-time Southern Area champion and has fought on some of the biggest boxing events in the UK. He has challenged for the English title twice and has taken world champion Josh Warrington the distance over 10-rounds.
Roswell commented on his experienced opponent, "He's done quite a bit, so I know he's quite a good lad. I’ve been training non-stop, everything has gone to plan, eating well, I can only be as ready as I can. Mentally and physically, I feel like I'm there now. I feel like I suit the longer rounds in the pros a bit better because I like slowing it down a bit and picking my shots, I come alive as the rounds go along."
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