IT’S NOW OR NEVER FOR WHITE

Cardiff’s Jimmy White (0-1) says that it’s now or never when he returns to the ring on Steve Robinson’s debut promotion at the Newport Centre on March 14th after a 12 year break from boxing. The super-middleweight will face Jason Samuels (6-2, 2KO) who himself is coming off a long break from boxing. Given that the pair used to spar together at Grange Catholics Boxing Club in Cardiff, White has all the motivation he needs for his comeback. He said, “Over the years, I was just training to keep fit during my break and I ended up sparring with Jason Samuels, we had a couple of hard sparring sessions. He was as good as gold but at one stage, we had a conflict that came from a sparring session. We had a little argument in the ring, I still remember it but that night it was sorted then. “I’m 30 and coming off a 12 year break from boxing, Jason is 40 and coming off a nine year break. For my first fight back after such a long time, it’s good that he’s in the same situation as I am. Alright, he’s more experienced than me but it’s not about that, it’s about what happens on the night at the end of the day.” While re-applying for his license with the British Boxing Board of Control at their Cardiff offices, White happened to bump in to former world champion Steve Robinson who is now training Samuels. When Robinson proposed the idea of facing Samuels on his debut promotion, White was more than willing. He said, “It was just a chance meeting and he asked if I wanted the fight. I don’t turn anyone down, I’ll fight whoever comes in front of me. I’m getting old now, so before I am too old I’ve got to do it now.” White was 16 when he followed his older brothers David and Jason to Dai Gardiner’s gym. Originally, White went there to lose weight but once he did, he decided to compete and had 11 amateur bouts which included winning a Welsh vest. However, when White did turn professional in 2002 he was stopped on his debut in five rounds against Jon Hilton in Leicester. Due to out of the ring circumstances, it’s been White’s only professional contest but he’s got the motivation to return from his family. He said, “At the time of my first pro fight, my wife was pregnant with my eldest daughter and I had health problems. It turned out that it was just athlete’s heart syndrome, the doctor told me to have a break and I did but it was hard getting back in to it then. “Before I knew it, one year is ten years. I was still training but I put weight on. Last January when I weighed I was over 16 stone but then I got back to my boxing weight and my wife said to me, ‘why don’t you have another go before it’s too late?’ and it convinced me to have one more go. “As soon as she said that to me, I came straight back. That’s what dedicated me, I’m doing it for my wife and kids.” Tickets to ‘Enter The Dragon’ are priced at £60 for ringside seats with a VIP buffet and £30 for standard seating. You can buy tickets at www.SteveRobinsonPromotions.com or by calling 02920 492970.

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