It’s a family affair for Liam Gould as he follows his uncle Jimmy into the pro game on a journey they will share together.
That path begins when BCB Promotions are back in the Black Country at the Venue in Dudley, on the Friday evening of October 7.
The 24-year-old super welterweight, from Coseley, makes a belated pro debut that was due to happen earlier this year, but he couldn’t obtain British Boxing Board of Control clearance in time.
The punching pipe-fitter has now been passed for his pro licence and only wrapped up his amateur career last November, in the England Elite tournament.
Representing William Perry Boxing Club in Tipton, Gould amassed 19 victories from 37 amateur bouts, under the tutelage of coach Ossie Garratt.
Jimmy Gould will train him for the pro ranks and passes on a significant grounding of his own, at amateur and pro level, in the latter of which he racked up 14 paid contests.
That was after over 100 amateur bouts, which saw him reach a senior ABA final and represent England. He’s now 45-years-old.
Nephew Liam is benefitting from those experiences, with knowledge being passed down when the two are working together at Gymmies Fitness & Boxing gym in Tipton.
He said: “I was meant to fight in May (6, Hangar Events Venue in Wolverhampton), but I had a few issues outside of the ring, in relation to my medical.
“It was frustrating, because it was only a couple of weeks away and I was reaching my peak level of fitness, but I was more worried that I wouldn’t be able to box again.
“Thankfully, it’s been sorted now and I’m ready to go. I decided at the start of the year, that I wanted to go pro, so it’s taken a while to get here.
“I went into the England Elite (amateur competition) last November, which was something else that I really wanted to do, and that was my last fight.
“I’ve been boxing since I was nine, I had four years off when I was 16, when I started pipe fitting, because I was working away from home a lot.
“I got back in to it when I was 20, I had six fights in 2019 but then the pandemic happened, which stopped me from doing anything. I’m 24 now, so there’s still plenty of time.
“I’m the first one that my uncle Jimmy (Gould) is taking into the pros and I think that me turning over has given him the drive to do it.
“I’m more of a counter puncher, so Jimmy has been trying to get me on the front-foot and he’s telling me to be more aggressive. Between us, we will get the balance right.”
Six Of The Best For Jones
Brandon Jones wants to make it six of the best and then crack on towards bigger and better things in the light heavyweight division.
He resumes his efforts when BCB Promotions are back in the Black Country at Dudley’s the Venue, on the Friday evening of October 7.
Brummie Jones, from Chelmsley Wood, is going for 6-0 and has dropped next to nothing in his previous five pro contests, which have all come within the last 12 months.
The 23-year-old debuted with a stoppage last October, flooring and dismantling the then-undefeated Ryan Bithell in the third round.
Jones has since outpointed Antony Woolery, Elvis Dube and Konstantin Alexsandrov, also beating Dube in a rematch, after his opponent retired at the end of the first round (injury).
He feels like he didn’t get out of first gear to whitewash Alexsandrov, which was his latest victory and added to 40-36 points landslides over Woolery and Dube.
Jones is now looking to go up against the same sort of adversaries he came across as an amateur, where he won two national titles.
In his teenage years, he amassed 38 amateur bouts, 30 of them victories, and went all of the way in the 2014 England Junior Championships and the NABC competition of 2016.
Jones said: “I haven’t boxed in three months, but I’ve only had a couple of weeks out of the gym. I’ve just been training and ticking over, then I started a six-week camp for this one.
“I want to step up in opponents now, because it was a bit too easy for me last time. To be honest, the others I’ve had were better than that.
“I did well, I was just pinging his head off with the jab. He’s got a good chin, I’ll give him that, but I don’t think that he caught me once.
“Before that, I’ve had Elvis Dube twice and it turned out to be one of his last few fights. I’ve shared a ring with him and I wish him all of the best in his retirement.
“I think my worst performance (as a pro) was against Antony (Woolery). I was just far too hesitant that night and I learned from it, which I’ve shown since then.
“There are not many people who box a 1-0 lad on their debut and he’s probably the strongest one that I’ve been in with (of the four). To get that stoppage was a great result.
“Ryan Kelly (former Midlands super welterweight champion) is my main sparring partner and he’s a good operator to have around. I’ve done a few rounds with Josh Stokes (7-0 pro) too.
“I want a good win here and to get another in, before the end of the year, then I wouldn’t mind going for a title. I’ll fight anyone and I’m feeling sharp.”
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