22-year-old debutant Lee Page Jr from Parkwood, Maidstone, has turned pro with thriving promotions team, Boxing Connected.
The light-heavyweight first begun boxing in his early teens, he explained, “I first started boxing when I was 13. I was doing MMA and kickboxing when I was six, up to the age of 12, then I went on to the boxing to start competing. I also started boxing because of my grandad, he had a very good amateur career and I wanted to make him proud.”
He continued to say, “My amateur career was quite limited. I started at Westry ABC, but was mostly fighting for Kent Gloves.
“I was always training to be a pro boxer because my style suits the pros, and when I was training with Ray Askew, I was always around the pro boxers like Martin Hillman; Luke Gibb; Charlie Shane; Danny Shannon; and heavyweight Dave Jones.”
Lee will be managed by Joe Elfidh and trained by his father, Lee Page Sr, and Chris Lamontagne at the Kent Gloves gym. His teammates will include Prizefighter finalist Lenny Fuller; fellow debutant and recent Boxing Connected signing Radoslav Saraliyski; Southern Area title contender Jack Budge; and MTK signed talent Lewis Southgate.
“It’s a good team and we’re all bringing each other on,” he said of the Kent Gloves group.
Lee Page Sr is known for his work with welterweight prospect Lenny Fuller (10-1, 1KO), who he guided to the Prizefighter 5 super-welterweights final in 2019, scoring the fastest knockout in the tournament’s history along the way, but his son and namesake reveals that he wasn’t always in the sport of boxing, “My dad was more of a wrestling coach at first, then MMA, and started off doing that, then he met Joe Draper and Lenny Fuller and that’s when his boxing career started and that was only about four and five years ago. Most people are really surprised at how he’s not been involved in boxing for that long.”
Page Jr went on to describe his exciting fighting style, “I like to think I’m a bit of a Canelo and [Mike] Tyson mix. I like slipping the head, keeping close, keeping tight, looking for the shots to the body and mixing it up to the head, and I can counter punch.”
He could also be joining the same division as the Mexican superstar, “Hopefully I’ll start at light-heavyweight, but if there’s more weight to drop, then I’ll go to super-middle.”
The six-foot-tall debutant then shared his ambitions for his pro career, “I’m hoping to go far and win titles – the English title first, then all of them. I’m not to take part, I’m here to take over!”
Promoter Joe Elfidh is looking ahead to May to start staging events again; his last show was over a year ago in February 2020 in Maidstone.
Page Jr has already asserted his plans to be ready for when the time comes, stating, “As soon as I get everything done with the licence, then I’ll be out as soon as possible – I’m itching to go!
“I’ve started to build up a fan base so I’m looking forward to my debut, having more fights and building up from there.”
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