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James Branch – Prizefighter Chronicles

Unbeaten cruiserweight James Branch, now 5-0, reflects on his first year as a professional, with Ian Probert
James Branch
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IT’S now more than 12 months since I first met James Branch. During that time, the fledgling prizefighter has won his first five fights. Things may not have gone quite so smoothly as anticipated – many of James’ opponents have shown a marked reluctance to fold under pressure. But the young cruiserweight can afford to feel satisfied with his end-of-term report in the paid ranks – particularly as he has just recorded his first stoppage: a two-round blowout of the Czech Republic’s Jan Hrazdira.

“I’ve been a professional for a year now and it’s all gone good so far,” James informs me from his living room in Hainault, London. “If you’d have told me when I turned pro that I’d be 5 and 0 – it’s what you dream about. I’m still unbeaten and I’ve had some good fights. I’ve had a couple of tests already and I’ve learned a lot in the past year.”

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