Published, Nov 21st 2014
‘The Genius’ Jamie Speight is a 26-year-old Super-Bantamweight from Torquay in Devon.
He currently lives and trains between Plymouth, Newton Abbot and Leeds and is a full-time professional boxer.
Jamie started boxing at the age of 7, and like many under the influence of his father.
I was picked on and a bit wimpy as a kid, so dad took me down the gym to ‘toughen me up’.
In recent time Jamie has relocated his training camp to Leeds where he trains under Sean O’Hagan alongside his former opponent and current European Featherweight Champion Josh Warrington.
Jamie trains 6 days a week with the father and son team and only has one days rest. He also does strength and conditioning work with Adam Domyslawski in Plymouth.
With a record of 12-6 as a professional Jamie is an experienced pro who has recently picked up his 3rd Southern Area title in a stoppage win over Surrey favorite Craig Whyatt at the Camden Centre in London. All three of his Southern area titles have been won at different weights.
Jamie has a fight anyone attitude which has given him the experience of fighting for the English title against the unbeaten Josh Warrington (19-0), as well as Ben Jones (15-5-1), Nigel Wright (24-6-1), Kevin Hooper (15-3) and Lewis Petit (11-1). His win over the unbeaten prospect Craig Whyatt has caught the eyes of many and has led to him now facing Robbie Turley (13-5) in Bristol in a Super-Bantamweight British title eliminator on December 5th.
Currently managed by Stefy Bull and sponsored by ‘Eliminate Risk Security‘, He is without a current promotional contract and is working towards a big deal in the new year.
When he isn’t boxing or seeing his friends and family he likes to watch fighters who fight with a lot of skill like Emanuel Augustus, Floyd Mayweather and Guillermo Rigondeaux.
We asked him about his own style of boxing and he said:
I can pretty much box any way I am required too. Up until my move of camp to Leeds I was predominantly a skilful, switch hitter with a very punch and move style……with a fight looming I can’t say too much more.
Jamie loves to talk about boxing and was telling us about the highs and lows of the sport.
My worst experience in boxing is being robbed of a blatant decision as the away fighter. It’s disgusting and ruins professional boxing. If I could change anything about boxing it would be that whether you are fighting at home or away it would be a 50/50 fight and viewed that way by the judges or referee. Every one deserves a fair crack. Results can change careers and ultimately lives!
The best thing is the people you meet in boxing, it’s a proper boxing family and the levels of character and respect are fantastic. Me and Josh are a fine example of that.
We asked Jamie about any funny stories he may have about training camps etc:
There are probably loads and most being a tad inappropriate you know boys being boys! Haha. I have a very good sense of humour always the joker in the gym and trying to lighten the mood in training. Always willing to help people and pass on my knowledge to others.
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Acknowledgements and Thanks
My first thank you would go to all those people who follow my career and go out of their way to support me and buy tickets to watch me fight, that means the world and I appreciate every single individual that does so. A huge thanks goes out to my sports therapist Anne-Marie Rice from Newton Abbot who has kept me in fighting condition after many niggles and injurys throughout my career. I thank all my past coaches that have played their parts respectively and my current coach Sean who I have really settled with and see my future in boxing with this team. Thank you to my good friend Jack Green who cares a lot for my career and does my pads when I’m back home, big thank you to my current sponsors Eliminate Risk Security they are great guys with a great team and very good at what they do, they help me out a lot! You can visit their website by following this link: http://www.eliminate-risk.co.uk
Finally thank you to my dad Nigel…..he’s been there since the very start of this journey when I was 7-8 years old. The amount of hours and miles he has put in is unreal and he has helped me and in many ways guided me to where I am today. He is a father and a best mate and I will never be able to thank him enough.
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