ASARE TO RETURN AS A PRO

After two years out Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Jermaine Asare will return to boxing and turn professional in November under the management of Steve ‘Sammy’ Simms. Asare won his bronze medal in 2010, losing to eventual gold medalist Callum Johnson. The 28-year-old hasn’t boxed since the games in Delhi, India due to legal issues but he’s back in the gym and putting in the work for a return. He said, “I’ve been messing about with it for a while really but I started back properly last week so from now on I’m back on it flat out. It’s not been easy, it’s been hard work but most importantly I’ve just got to get back on my morning runs then I’ll be alright. When I’m fit enough to start sparring I’ll be as sharp as ever.” Despite Welsh title wins and international medals while at Merthyr Ex-Servicemen’s ABC, Asare has always had the feeling he’d quit the pro ranks more. He explained, “I’ve always been told and thought I’ve had more a pro style, to be honest with you. I’ve never had the proper amateur style and with the smaller gloves and no head guard, it should be easier to hurt people so I know my style will cross over.” “I’ve always tried to go for the knockout, when I was an amateur I stopped quite a few. I like to start fast and then you know if you can take them out or if you have to box them.” “I’ve done all I could as an amateur really. I won the Welsh championships then went to the Commonwealth games and managed to get a medal so I think it’s best for me to leave the amateurs as it is, on a high note.” Asare remains level headed, acknowledging he needs time to develop and he isn’t getting carried away with the success from his amateur career. He detailed, “To be honest with you, I’m not concerned about titles yet. I want to get in as many fights as possible first and I want to be fighting regular. Sammy says he can get me regular fights, if he can get me out quite a lot we’ll take it fight by fight and go from there.” “I need to get a couple of fights under my belt before anything, then step it up to build it up to a Welsh title and maybe a British title, who knows. I just want to see how far I can go.”

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