Luke Gibb

Luke Gibb returns on October 6

Published On Wednesday, August 15, 2018By Tim Rickson

The return of Luke Gibb scheduled for October 6

Former England International Luke Gibb (3-1) returns to the ring on the next JE Promotions event in Maidstone on October 6.

‘The Homecoming’ show at Mote Park on the 40th weekend of the year also features former English middleweight champion Grant Dennis (10-1), four unbeaten prospects, and an exciting debutant.

The Bexleyheath boxer, a former member of the Team GB Development Squad, will fight for the first time since his failed bid for the British Challenge lightweight belt last February.

The 29-year-old slipped to a points defeat, scored at 74-78 by referee Lee Every, against an enthused Jordan ‘Baby J’ Ellison (9-12), which marked the anniversary of his pro debut in the wrong way.

‘Gibbo’ was in a rush to push on to Southern Area title honours and took the ambitious step up in levels in just his fourth pro contest against the 20-bout experienced Northern Area lightweight title contender from County Durham, who counts British lightweight champion Lewis Ritson as his sparring partner.

Gibb became the sixth unbeaten prospect to be scalped by Ellison, who have a combined record of 33-0-1 between them all, but hasn’t had his hand raised on the road since.

Gibb revealed to BBN what he has been up to since the loss, “Having a rest, really. I got new job, so been busy with that and just personal stuff, but getting back to a schedule now with training again. Still with Ray Askew at the Invicta Gym so it’s all the same set up, just got to get back to a structure now with training and work and fitting it all in.”

The bar manager has not lost any ambition and plans to rebuild as soon as possible, he said, “If anything, it makes me want to get back in the more and set the record straight. He had a full training camp and it was my first eight-rounder and I wasn’t myself on the night, so it’ll be nice to have that rematch sometime down the line.

“At the moment, I just want to get back on the show and fight, hoping to do a six-rounder next. I still want to get a title and just get active again.”

Gibb defeated Ibrar Riyaz (4-114-4) on his debut in February 2017, then Stockport’s Jamie Quinn (2-37-2) three months later in May, and Fonz Alexander (5-64) in his first six-rounder in his last fight of the year, claiming all 14 professional rounds against the trio.

The former Nemesis ABC boxer experienced over 80 amateur fights and was selected for the Team GB Development Squad in his early 20’s but quit boxing for a number of years to concentrate on a career as a nightclub promoter.

He returned to boxing aged 25 and plans to challenge for Southern Area honours as soon as possible.

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