DEION JUMAH’S professional career has never been easy. The unbeaten cruiserweight and former ABA champion has had health scares to contend with and faced a battle to place himself on the map in the domestic British boxing scene. That campaign continues this weekend. The Londoner travels to Wythenshawe to take on Sam Hyde for the English title this Sunday (January 19), on a bill promoted by Hyde’s trainer and manager Joe Gallagher.
“I won the purse bids as his manager and promoter for the fight to give him [Hyde] them little bit of advantages that could mean so much on fight night. We haven’t had to go down to London this week, we haven’t been at York Hall this week. Sam Hyde’s last fight was here, so he’s familiar with the situation and it’s all them little things that can be huge things come fight night,” Gallagher told Boxing News. “Sam’s trained well, he’s had good sparring and it’s time to step up and I think he’s full of confidence knowing that when he has stepped up before, against [Richard] Riakporhe, he performed well and was winning on the scorecards. He’s got the bit between his teeth.”
Gallagher however still talks up Jumah’s prospects. “Very talented, very loose, good shot selection, good punch-picker,” Joe said. “You watch him against Camacho and he’s still got his boxing ability, but he’s developed his power now as well. That was a good win for him against Wadi Camacho… It’s not a surprise he goes into this fight a huge favourite and Sam a huge underdog.”