Jarrett Doherty is determined to take his game to another level and start making waves in the super middleweight division.
He’s got the bit between his teeth ahead of BCB Promotions’ final bill of the year at the Hangar Events Venue, in Wolverhampton, on the Friday night of December 16.
The 33-year-old, from Bordesley Green in Birmingham, engages in his third and final bout of 2022 looking to do some damage.
‘Dayne-Ja’ has encountered little resistance getting his pro record back in the right direction this year, through two points successes.
Two points whitewashes have seen him overcome Josh Cook and Paul Cummings, the latter representing his most recent ring action, in September. Both contests were scored 40-36.
He’s now a five-year pro, but spent four years on the sidelines before returning against Cook, a long way removed from his 2017 debut.
Doherty notched another 40-36 landslide when turning over Victor Edagha, the same verdict that all of his three pro victories have seen.
Two paid defeats came in 2018, starting when he jumped up to a six-rounder to tackle the still-unbeaten Jake Haigh.
Respect was earned even when Doherty lost his ‘0’ there, as he pushed Haigh to the finish before being edged out by a point, due to a 58-57 decision.
All of eight days later, he was back in the ring to tackle Corey Jackson and was poleaxed by a right hand, in the third round, leading to a KO defeat.
Doherty didn’t take up boxing until the age of 20 and embarked on an amateur journey with Eastside Boxing Club, which saw him amass 21 bouts of grounding.
He said: “My two fights this year have been about shaking off the ring rust and now it’s time to go through the gears. I need to pick up where I left off and improve on that.
“If the chance comes along, I won’t hesitate to go for the knockout. It’s time to leave it all in the ring and start taking some risks. Of course, they will be calculated risks.
“This is an entertainment business, but it’s also about being smart. You can’t just go in there looking for the stoppage, but I’m winning easily on the jab.
“Now is the time to start kicking on. I’m no spring chicken, at 33, and I’ll need to start finding my killer instinct. In my last one, I let him off the hook.
“No disrespect to my opponent (Paul Cummings), but I should have got him out of there. I was too nice and, perhaps, I took it a bit too easy. It was almost like a sparring match.
“My coach gave me an earful and it was Spencer Jnr (McCracken) rather than Spencer Snr in the corner, who was up in Scotland with another fighter.
“Me and Spencer Jnr are good friends, but I’m used to Spencer Snr kicking me up the backside! I shouldn’t need that and that’s what I want to change this time.
“It’s all experience, but I can’t rest on my laurels. I want to cap the year off on a high and that means making a statement, so I’m trusting in the process.
“I was running before I could walk, when I first turned pro, and now I’m doing what I should have done from the start. There’s only one way to do things and that is the right way.”
Tickets for the Hangar bill are available, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, from the BCB Box Office by calling 07493 582 261 or visiting myfighttickets.com.