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Tyrone King turns pro with Boxing Connected

Published On Wednesday, March 24, 2021By Tim Rickson

Promoter Joe Elfidh signs a young King to Boxing Connected's books

Boxing Connected have signed middleweight debutant Tyrone King to their expanding stable

21-year-old debutant Tyrone King, from Sittingbourne, Kent, has turned professional with booming promotions team, Boxing Connected.

Middleweight, King, has been boxing for over seven years, he explained exclusively to BBN, “I started boxing around 14 at Sheerness ABC. Had a few amateur fights for them, then I joined Rumbles Boxing Academy and had quite a few fights there as well.

“Then I went down the unlicensed route, had two fights and won them both, and got on well selling tickets so thought I’d turn over.”

Trained by Billy Rumbol, King has been training with pro boxers for a long time already and believes he has always had a pro style, which he described in detail, “In the amateurs, I was a bit more bouncy on my feet, but Billy has got me sitting down on my shots to generate power, I’ve been working on it for about 10 weeks now. I’ve got a lovely jab, class boxing, can fight on the front foot and backfoot, and I’d say I’m more of a boxer rather than a rough and tough fighter.”

He is part of a thriving team at Rumbles gym in Sittingbourne with 4-0 lightweight prospect, Bradley Haxell; Sheerness southpaw, Martin McDonagh, who recently went eight rounds with Harlem Eubank; Canterbury’s Neil Parry, who has lost just one from nine bouts; and 6-0 middleweight talent, James Hawley.

“We’ve got a good team, with good sparring, all learning from each other,” King enthused. “Kent gyms are doing really well right now. I’ve been sparring with pros like Neil Parry and elite amateurs as well and learnt loads with that level of sparring. Bill [Rumbol] has put a lot of time into me, I trained with him for a year before I even had one fight. He has brought me on a lot.”

King has turned over in a time of uncertainty where shows and possible fight dates are rare and hard to come by, especially on the small hall scene. However, the youngster is patient yet optimistic he will be making his pro debut during the course of this year.

“I’d like to have my debut late summer, early September,” he patiently stated. “But we’ll be in the gym ready to go whenever.”

Boxing Connected’s last event was in Maidstone in February 2020, so it has been over a year since they have been active. Despite this inactivity, promoter Joe Elfidh is looking ahead to May to start staging events again.

King added, “I was selling over 100 tickets in the unlicensed and as I’ve got older, I’ve got more people following my career, plus I’m getting a few offers for sponsors now. I’ve got a good team, good support and good skill and heart. I’ve put the work in so, god willing, it all pays off.”

Former pro turned manager, Elfidh commented on his newest signing, “Tyrone is a great lad and he works hard. The Kent gyms are thriving at the minute and all these fighters and trainers are going to begin to get the recognition they deserve in time.

“Tyrone works hard with his trainer Billy, and that level of work ethic will pay off, and he’s lucky to be surrounded by a great team of fighters who will all bounce off each other and bring each other on leaps and bounds.”

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