Stoke welterweight Jamie Stewart is optimistic ahead of his BBBofC Midlands Area title fight on the 1st October writes Noah Abrahams.
Challenging undefeated Midlands champion Conah Walker on BCB Promotions’ near sell out show in Wolverhampton, Stewart (2-2-1) hopes to upset the odds and prove his doubters wrong.
“Training’s going well,” he said. “I say this every fight, but I am in more shape than I’ve ever been in.“I’ve only been boxing for four years, so I’m still accepting where I’m going to be.
“My daily routine is the gym, and it always has been since I turned professional.
“With my background, to get off drugs I had to keep myself very active and busy. I was always at the gym anyway.”
Stewart’s third outing of 2021, the Walker bout carries more weight to it than just 147 pounds. Marking the loss of a family member, fight night at Wolverhampton’s Hangar will be a special one for the man from Stoke.
“It’s the anniversary for the death of my uncle,” Stewart said.“It’s a tough one for me. That guy used to go out on the town and start fights with people, just to see if he was able to do it.
“On fight night, I’m going to be all or nothing.
“Now I get a chance to make him proud and that’s what I’m looking to do.”
Defeated by Elliot Whale and George Davey this year, Stewart is keen to avoid defeat once more next month. Reflecting on the points decisions made in both fights, the 28-year-old shared his views on today’s boxing climate.
“I lost the Elliot Whale fight because I said I was on weight when I wasn’t, so I had to strip loads of weight within days,” he said.“I truly believe that I beat George Davey with one hand. I don’t even look at that fight as a loss. You’ve just got to take it on the chin and keep digging deep.
“In the Channel 5 fight when I fought Michael Hennessy Jr, I realised how boxing can be.
“Unless you try and knock someone out, you’ve got to make sure that you win clearly if you go the distance, because otherwise you’re in trouble with the scores.”
As the 1st October grows ever closer, the build up to an exciting match up intensifies. Keeping his cards close to his chest, Stewart believes that Walker will be his toughest opponent to date.
“This is my hardest fight to date,” he explained.“I have never looked past Conah because he has the same mentality as me. He’s doing it because he just enjoys fighting.
“I don’t care about wins or loses; I just want to make sure I’m having a good tear up. It makes me feel mint for about three weeks after.
“I respect everybody who gets through the ropes. I watch Conah and he’s everything I was ten years ago.
“I don’t like to say a lot about fights. I like to keep my cool and let it all out on the night.
“I haven’t got a bad word to say about Conah. From what I can see, he’s been doing good.
“It’s at that point now where I want to fight for the Midlands title, he’s got it and it’s just one of them.
“I’m giving no tactics away, but I’m coming to win. I want to win. I’m going to do everything I can to win.
“I know he’s going to have a lot of fans there because I didn’t get my tickets straight away. He’ll have a fair few and I’m looking to put on a good show for them as well.
“I know his last fight was a contender for Fight of The Year. It’s going to be a good style versus style bout.”
Determined to silence his critics having turned his life around, Stewart will stop at nothing to prove his worth as a professional boxer. Explaining his positive mentality, ‘The King’ exclaimed that he already feels like a winner.
“I’m coming off two losses and the board are happy for me to fight for the Midlands belt. I feel like I’m already achieving,” he said.“There’s a lot of people around Stoke who think that I shouldn’t be a boxer because I haven’t done the amateur background.
“Me winning this would be me proving to them that I’m fighting fighters who are winning and that I’m not a journey man.
“I’m always the challenger. Throughout life I’ve always been a challenger. It’s nothing new to me.”
Confident that he will put on a show for the fans, Stewart shared a message to his supporters and team.
“I hope you enjoy the night,” he said.“I just want to pout a good show on for everyone so that they’re not wasting their money.
“I spar cruiserweights and heavyweights in my own gym and I know how tough I am.
“I spar top lads. I feel like you have to get in with the bets to become one of the best.
“I’m ready now, I’m on weight and I can’t wait.
“I just want to thank Errol Johnson and BCB Promotions. He’s given me work and I really appreciate it.”
Walker and Stewart weigh-in at The Hangar on Thursday at 1:30pm. The event is free to the public to attend and we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to what is fast approaching a SELL OUT Show!
The undercard is stacked with local talent with Wolverhampton’s Kirstie Bavington, debutants Jermaine Osbourne-Edwards (Wolverhampton), Alex Round (Wednesfield), Lewis Morris (Walsall) and Ollie Cooper (Cannock) all in action alongside Dudley’s Ethan Collins
VIP Tickets for the Hangar bill have all sold out and there will be no ticket sales on the evening. A handful of standard tickets priced at £40 plus booking fee are available from MyFightTickets.com.