Promoter Joe Elfidh discloses behind the scenes stories and breaking news surrounding his promotional outfit, JE Promotions.
A former boxer, known as ‘The Moroccan Machine’, Joe was a two-weight Central Area title contender who shared the ring with English, British, Commonwealth and World champions, but is now an established promoter with regular shows in the South East and Midlands featuring an ever-expanding roster of talented fighters.
The head honcho of JE Promotions kindly takes time out every week to write a column exclusive to BBN:
I met with Mick Hennessey last week to discuss a potential partnership.
I can’t disclose too much at this moment, but we have something in the pipeline that’s going to be good for all the boys in my promotional outfit.
I work tirelessly to give all my fighters the best opportunities possible. Boxing, as well as any sport, is a short career where anything can happen, so I make it my mission to give the boys signed to me the best possible chances I can give them.
What I plan to do with Mick will be good for professional boxing in Kent, as well as in Yorkshire.
I hope to be able to confirm more this week, so keep your eyes peeled for an announcement.
Hockwell Ring Amateur Boxing Club trainer Paul Webb from Luton has a thriving gym with some very talented amateur and professional boxers training in.
I have managed to secure a collaboration with Paul and his gym that will result in JE Promotions putting on local shows in the Luton area.
Our new venture, High Rise Promotions, has already received an official approval from the British Boxing Board of Control to bring professional boxing to the Luton and Dunstable area.
I plan to make boxing big in Luton because it’s a large area with a lot of talent in.
I have already secured a date for October 26 for the first show, which will be combined pro-am show. There will have amateur boxing on in the afternoon followed by the pros in the evenings.
We actually already have three pro-am shows scheduled in, the details of which I will release at a later date.
Paul Webb and I are both very passionate about boxing and our local communities and we are delighted to be part of Luton and Dunstable’s rich boxing heritage and to bring this unique blend of Professional and Amateur boxing to the close community.
Any sponsors interested in being part of this brand-new movement in Luton, please get in touch with Paul on 07852 102 162 or email [email protected]
We are all systems go for the next event on September 14 at Mote Park, Maidstone.
The stacked ‘Next Level’ event will feature Danny ‘The Real Deal’ Shannon (4-7-1), 28 from Chatham. Danny was the first ever signing for JE Promotions back in 2014 and, despite being a road warrior, he has picked up results against prospects with a combined total of 11-1-2.
He stole the show in his last fight – his first ever home show – when he knocked out the durable Scott Hillman in the fourth round of their super-middleweight contest.
Danny will fight anyone and he’s already got an another fight booked in against the current Central Area super-middleweight champion Jamal Le Doux (7-1) just two weeks after this fight!
British Challenge belt winner Charlie ‘The Animal’ Shane (7-0), also from Chatham, will be back in the ring for the first time this year. Now 28 and ready to be let off the leash, we are looking for Charlie to pick up a convincing win to then put his name forward to the Board for a Southern Area title shot.
Journey Mick Mills (1-12), 32 from Gillingham, is having his first ever fight in the home corner. Mick has fought top prospects, title contenders, Southern Area champions, Central Area champions, and English champions in his time from the away corner.
It’ll be great to see Mick come alive in the home corner for the first time and hear the crowd get behind him for once.
Zeki Hussein (0-1) also gets his first fight in his home county. The Super-featherweight from Gillingham is aiming to reignite his boxing career as he heads back to the ring for the first time since his debut way back in April 2014.
The 33-year-old had an unfair start to his professional career having to go up against a fighter in the weight class above on a Sunday afternoon at York Hall. Now he has a much better set up, training with Ray Askew – my old trainer – and Sam Latham at the Invicta Gym in Sheerness, and being guided by me, we are going to get Zeki a few wins on the record, build the confidence, then let him off the leash to see him achieve his dream of winning an Area title
Former England International Luke Gibb (4-1) is back in the ring after almost a year away due to medicals and licensing issues. Now all clear to fight, ‘Gibbo’ wants to make up for lost time and put on a really good performance. I know he’s been frustrated at his career being stop-start, so we are looking at getting Luke out as much as possible, hopefully another two fights this year for the 30-year-old from Bexleyheath.
He’s a stylish switch-hitter, not necessarily known for his power because of his relentless style and high output, but he scored a knockdown in his last bout so I’m quietly confident he’ll get a knockout on this show.
Unbeaten light-heavyweight Paul ‘Bomber’ Brown (4-0), 30 from Margate, has not lost a single round of the 16 so far in his pro career.
Paul is hard worker and always looks good when putting on a performance utilizing a variety of different punches. He’s been unlucky not to have put some of his opponents away, so I feel a knockout is coming soon.
Maidstone debutants Jimmy Peckham and Jordan Smith will make their pro bows in front of a sold-out audience in Mote Park, as well as talented 19-year-old Brooklyn Tilley from Rainham.
Brook works so hard at his trade that there’s no way he won’t make a success of himself. He had over 50 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fights and became the English champion before switching to boxing at Snodland ABC. Now a pro, he trains with Lee Page, who is taking his welterweight prospect Lenny Fuller to win Ultimate Boxxer 5 on September 20.
It’s going to be a cracking event so I’m really looking forward to taking my seat and watching all the lads in action.
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