The city of Liverpool has established itself as one of British
boxing’s strongest hubs of talent over the last half-century, with
Olympians, British, Commonwealth and World Champions all coming from
the Northern City. Traditionally the sporting focus on Merseyside has
always been with its football teams of Everton and Liverpool, however,
in recent years boxing talents have been a close second, with the
likes of Tony Bellew, Rocky Fielding and Callum Smith all becoming
World Champions in recent times.
One fighter aiming to follow in the footsteps of the many Scouse
Boxing legends is Salisbury ABC product Jay Collins who is set for his
pro debut on November 30 in the historic Liverpool Olympia.
Light Welterweight Collins is well known within Liverpool Boxing
circles as one of the best amateurs to come out of the legendary
Salisbury ABC in recent times. The 22-year-old opened up about his
plans in the pro game and why he made the decision to turn pro.
Collins said, “I always wanted to turn pro even in the amateurs, and
maybe I underachieved in the amateurs. I felt I could have done more
as I had mixed it with the best, but after spending time around the
pro’s I decided that is what I wanted to do going forward.”
“I’ve sparred everyone you can think of amateur and pro around
Welterweight and after a few trips away sparring which included
sparring some former World Champions in America, and after this, I knew
I could hold my own with the best so I made the decision to turn pro.
‘The Jackhammer’ Collins has linked up with fellow Liverpool greats
Derry Mathews, George Vaughan and Gary Thornhill with Steve Wood’s VIP
Promotions backing him on a management front. Collins gave his take on
his transition to the pro’s and what people can expect from his pro
Jay said, “I had the best amateur upbringing you can have been at The
Solly. That has put me in the right place to turn pro. I’ve always
carried power and that’s what you need in the pro’s so I’m really
excited to entertain everyone coming to watch and get involved in some
proper fights and hopefully go on to win some big titles.
“Working with Derry, Gary and George is great. They’re a fountain of
knowledge and with their help and the backing of CDT Dry Lining, CH
Fitness and Pain Solutions and Liverpool Massage Therapist; there is
no reason that I can’t be winning titles in the not so distant future.”