Written by Adam McGroarty (@AdamMcGroarty1)
Jack Simpson (1-0-0) is up and running as a professional boxer after winning on his debut on Saturday night at Bournemouth’s O2 Academy.
The former Parkstone ABC amateur was awarded a 40-36 points decision in his favour after four rounds against Paul Cummings (2-38-0), who was taking part in his 40th professional bout.
Cummings, who has boxed 151 rounds, was an experienced opponent for Simpson, but he was never the intended one. Instead, Kearon Thomas was set to share the ring with the debutant but was withdrawn due to a late injury.
I trust my team and that’s that
Speaking exclusively to Nerve Sport, Simpson denied the late opponent change having any impact. He said: “My experience from the amateurs plays a big part because you don’t really get a choice of opponent.
“I really don’t care who I box, I know a lot of boxers say that, but I trust my team and that’s that.”
At the end of the night, Steve Bendall announced his hopes for boxing to return to the O2 Academy in Bournemouth on November 29 in a card including Simpson’s second fight and Saturday’s headliner, Lee Cutler (6-0-0).
After boxing on the same professional card as Cutler, Simpson shared his thoughts on the fellow ex-Parkstone ABC amateur potentially fighting for a belt at the next event. He said: “Hopefully yesterday’s win will open the door now for Lee, he is a very special talent and I am privileged enough to train alongside him.”
Simpson will look to build on his debut and upgrade his record to 2-0-0 on November 29 in front of his supportive fans. He added: “I can’t wait to get back in there and put on another show.”
Chris Billam-Smith, who most recently fought at the O2 Arena on Dillian Whyte’s undercard, was also at the event supporting Cutler and Simpson. Billam-Smith (9-1-0) has headlined shows of his own at Bournemouth’s O2 Academy and expressed his joy at seeing Simpson’s hand raised under the lights of the same venue.
He said: “It was a solid performance from Jack, he was in control from the start and hurt his opponent in every round. With a bit more experience he could probably have got him out of there.
“He enjoyed himself and that’s the most important thing for a professional debut – you need to soak it up and enjoy all of it!”