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Like2Box gearing up for busy 'True Grit' show

Queensbury Boxing League - Like2Box gearing up for busy 'True Grit' show

Jack Figg reports 

Like2Box head trainer Ian ‘Jumbo’ Johnson gears up for a busy night come June 30, as four of his boxers compete on the ‘True Grit’ bill. 

Lee Cannon fights for his old Regional Light Middleweight title against Brighton’s Wolf Griffiths, Ricky James takes on Keiran Harris for the vacant National Middleweight strap while Anna Beck meets Chloe Usher from Ramsgate and Nial Nuggent is in action.

Cannon, a former welterweight and light-middleweight title holder, bounced back from a loss to Steve Albone in November by beating Tommy White in April, and Jumbo expressed the importance of regaining form. 

“Losing to Albone was a bit gutting as Lee thought he did enough” Jumbo said. 

“If I’m honest I thought it was close and I don’t think I could have argued either way, if it went our way the fine but it didn’t, it was a really close fight.

“It was important for Lee to regain his confidence after that because he trained really hard and you could only train as hard as he did give everything you can.” 

Cannon faces a fresh challenge in Griffiths who himself formerly challenged for a novice light-middleweight title, and Jumbo admitted he expects a tough test come fight night but believes his man has the ability to come through with a win. 

“He’s very aggressive and in good shape and condition but I hope Lee sticks to the plan and picks him off as he comes in as he’s quite a come forward kind of fighter. 

“I’m very much a believer if you do as your told by the trainer on the night it should go to plan an I believe the plan me and the team have set out can beat him.” 

As James prepares for his title fight Jumbo admitted he believes a win could be the catalyst to a kick start in his career. 

“He doesn’t always get the credit he’s due and he’s a good lad, very strong, he knows and we know he’s not the most technically gifted boxer but he’s learning.

“We’ve seen a bit of him (Harris) and we know he’s a tough guy and had some good wins but I just believe this could be the making of Ricky. 

“It’s going to be a good fight and I feel after this people are going to take Ricky seriously and give him the credit he deserves.”

As Beck prepares for her super-bantamweight bout against Usher, Jumbo cited a development in her boxing since mixing her training with the male boxers in the gym.  

“Anna is sparring some of the boys and they’re really helping her. She understanding to work the body and not always look for the head. 

“She’s a little bit smaller than this other girl but we don't know much about her, Anna is just working on what we have asked her to and we’re prepared for what comes on the night.”

Nuggent competes at welterweight on the show and Jumbo discussed the importamce of his boxer competing at the weight. 

"Nial is boxing at 11 stone now and that is his best weight" Jumbo said. 

"It's important we have him back at this weight because he's a lot more natural here and he's looking really good now, I'm pleased with how he's performing in the gym." 

Light-middleweight Stuart Goodwin was set to face a familiar face in Jimmy Haughney an opponent Jumbo and Cannon faced on two occasions, however the Like2Box fighter has sustained a thumb injury leaving him out of action

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