Jake Ball: “I want to be champion of the world, and I will be”
We recently caught up with Light Heavyweight Jake Ball (9-1) to get an insight into his boxing career to date and look ahead to his future in the ring.
Ball, started boxing when he was 7 years of age, following in his elder brother’s footsteps. His father used to take his brother to the boxing gym and Jake went along too. It was here where he fell in love with the sport.
The southpaw went on to box for Team GB, before being asked by legendary trainer Jim McDonnell to spar James DeGale in preparation for his IBF world title fight with Andre Dirrell. A fight that DeGale went on to win by unanimous decision, and he became world champion.
Whilst sparring DeGale, promoter Eddie Hearn noticed the young fighter and decided to sign him to his Matchroom stable. Since then Ball hasn’t looked back. Making his professional bow on the Anthony Joshua v Gary Cornish undercard at the O2 Arena, Ball took on Haidar Sadik and made a stunning start to his professional career with a first round TKO stoppage.
After his professional debut, Ball went on to rack up another 6 straight victories. He was showcased at Matchroom shows around the country, fighting at the likes of York Hall, The Echo Arena, The Genting Arena and Leeds’ First Direct Arena. Fighting around the country built up his profile and following his fight with Tamas Kozma, Ball stepped up in class of opponent and was put in with JJ McDonagh at Wembley Arena, which would see him fight for the WBA International Light Heavyweight title.
Unfortunately, in that fight Ball, suffered the first and only defeat of his career as he was stopped by McDonagh in round 1. Since being stopped Ball has gone on to win his next two fights both by stoppage, which takes him to 8 stoppages in his 9 victories. This shows that he has punching power, but when asked if he thought power was his biggest asset, he responded “No, I believe my boxing ability is my biggest asset, the power is an extra”.
Right now, Ball, believes that Andre Ward is the best Light Heavyweight on the planet, but has big aspirations of his own. When he started training at Club KO, he was asked by his trainer McDonnell, how far he believed he could go in the ring, to which he responded “I want to be champion of the world, and I will be”.
The Surrey Light Heavyweights next bout, is against the unbeaten Joe Sherriff on the 1st September 2017 at York Hall and from all at ‘The Boxing Reporter’ we wish Jake Ball all the very best in his next fight and hope to see him one day holding the world Light Heavyweight title.
By Nick Pratt