Feature | Nov 13 2017

Jake Ball on the thrill of battle

Jake Ball describes the unique experience of fighting in front of a packed out York Hall
Jake Ball
Jake Ball vs Joe Sherriff  |  Action Images/Peter Cziborra

2017 so far has been illuminated by shows at big arenas and bigger stadiums. But there is something special about headlining in the raucous atmosphere of a rammed York Hall in Bethnal Green.

It was an experience for Jake Ball in his last fight in September. “I was aware of it as I walked out. Once I was in the fight I was zoned in. It was great. To box in front of a packed out York Hall, it was unreal,” Jake told Boxing News. “It’s different to boxing in these big arenas. The spectators are so close to you, you feel the energy coming off you as you walk to the ring. It was amazing.”

Ball beat Joe Sherriff over 10 rounds in what turned out to be a bruising encounter. “It started off really well. I’ve been working on a lot of things, him being a southpaw. I started the first round wanted to feel him out, see where he was at. The second round I upped the pace a little bit, caught him with a good back hand to the body, then I applied the pressure a bit more,” Ball said.