Revitalised Angel boxer is ready for championship challenge
PUBLISHED: 17:57 12 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:57 12 March 2014
Angel middleweight Jimmy Fielding aims to make up for lost time by launching an assault on the elite London ABA Championships over the coming weeks.
The 21-year-old southpaw only returned to the ring last month with a successful points triumph at the Boston Dome, Tufnell Park, following an absence of more than a year.
But now Fielding intends to maximise his opportunities for the remainder of the season, starting with another outing at the Boston Dome on the Finchley ABC show a week on Thursday.
Although he has been an Angel member for several years, Fielding moved north for a year to study photography at Sheffield Hallam University, but transferred to Camberwell College of Arts.
That move led Fielding – who has achieved 11 victories from 15 bouts – to link up again with Angel coaches Colin Lake and Ivor ‘The Engine’ Jones and he admits that has, in boxing terms, given him a new lease of life.
“I am putting in the work regularly now with Colin and Ivor and being back at the Angel has boosted my confidence,” Fielding told the Gazette.
“Recently I have moved up to middleweight and I feel my boxing career is now getting back on track, unlike in Sheffield where it just didn’t happen for me.
“During the week, I stay with a relative in London and this enables me to train again at the Angel. I am due to box on the Finchley show and, if all goes well, I will set my sights on the ABAs.”
Originally from Maidstone, Fielding is something of an all-round sportsman, having represented his native Kent as a sprinter as well as appearing in two London ABA senior novice finals.
He lost narrowly on each occasion, but is no stranger to mixing with top quality boxers, having frequently sparred in the past with former Angel middleweight star John Ryder.
The club have not endured the best of fortunes since Ryder – who is hoping to make his second challenge for the British title later this summer – turned professional in September 2010.
But hopes are high that Fielding could develop into the latest jewel in the Angel crown and become the face to help carry the club forward.
“Jimmy is coming along well now and needs to keep working hard in the gym,” added Lake.
“If he does, he should do well and then we hope he will go into the ABAs.
“It will be a step up for him, but we think he is ready for it and he will benefit from it. That’s the plan for him anyway.”