Samuels rejoins Sims for a second spell

Samuels rejoins Sims for a second spell

A lot will have changed for Jerome Samuels (5-5, 1KO) when he ends a year of inactivity with his first Welsh Area light-middleweight title defence on 13 March. The Gwent local will face Ferndale’s experienced Barrie Jones (20-10, 7KO) on Sanigar Events’ ‘Unfinished Business’ show at his native Newport Centre and he’s enlisted the services of one of the cities most prominent fight figures. Samuels said: “I’ve actually gone back to my old school trainer, I’ve gone back to [former British featherweight champion] Sammy Sims. A few people haven’t known where I am, I’ve kept it quiet but it’s come out of the woodwork now. A lot’s changed for me.” As Samuels alluded to, they’ve worked together before. That was when an 18-year-old Samuels turned professional far before his time and for the wrong reasons. Regrettably reflecting on that period that included five straight defeats, an honest Samuels was keen to distance Sims from any blame. He said: “When I turned pro with Sammy, I’ve got to make one point, he wasn’t the reason I lost them fights… nobody else was, it was only my own doing. “I wasn’t training; I just saw it as a quick way to make some money back then. That was my only reason for fighting but it’s not like that now.” Samuels worked with Richie Garner during his break from Sims and racked up five straight wins, including his first stoppage and a Welsh Area title. However, the success wasn’t enough to keep the boxer-trainer relationship going and Samuels instead chose to adopt alternative training methods with Sims. The 21-year-old said: “I’ve started doing a lot of strength and weight training and I do feel like I’m physically maturing. I am going to be filling in to light-middleweight. We’ve purposely put in the weight training because of the fact that I’m coming up from welterweight and I want to be a lot stronger. “Any natural light-middle walks around at about 12 and a half stone but I’m quiet athletic, I don’t go far above it. It could be something to do with the genes but I don’t put on fat and I’ve never ever been chubby in my whole life. Even though I won the Welsh title, I didn’t feel as strong as I believe I’ll be when I step in the ring against Barrie Jones. I’ll grow to be a strong light-middleweight. I’m 22 this year, I’ve got plenty of time on my side.” There could still be further changes to the champion’s set up. Despite being matchmaker for Warrior Boxing Promotions and Samuels’ manager, London based fight figure Greg Steene has presided over 12 months of inactivity for the boxer and it appears to have correlated with a diminishing relationship between the pair. Speaking of the situation, Samuels said: “Greg Steene is still managing me but I have made future plans to go elsewhere. So, we’ll see [which manager Samuels signs with] when that time comes, when my contract’s up.”

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