Jordan Cooke is a twenty one year old southpaw fighting in the Lightweight division. He hails from Coventry, and under the guidance of trainer Jon Pegg and promoter Dave Coldwell he has all the makings of a very good fighter.
Cooke is currently undefeated with five wins in five fights, He has achieved notable victories over the likes of Ismail Anwar and Liam Richards so far in his career. He is scheduled to fight his first eight rounder in only his sixth fight on Spetember 19, against an opponent that is yet to be named.
Jordan has done an exclusive interview with InstantBoxing.com, and here is what he had to say:
How do you assess your professional career so far?
I think I’ve made quick progress in my first five fights. I started off with a points win over Youseff Al Hamidi and since then I’ve adapted to the pros a lot more, my coach said I’ve adapted well. I stopped my second and third opponents. I stopped Ismael Anwar in the second round and he had not previously been stopped, and he’s been taken rounds with people like Romeo Romero, so he was a good fighter. I stopped Andy Harris as well, who again cut but he was still quite tough. I think after I stopped him, he lost about eight times on the trot on points so he doesn’t get stopped all the time. My last two wins have been convincing points victories, I haven’t lost a round yet so I’m really happy about my career so far.
How would you describe your fighting style, and what are your best attributes as a fighter?
I think I’d describe myself as being an aggressive counter puncher. I pick my shots well, and that’s why I’ve been given the nickname ‘The Assassin’ from my coach. I’m very precise with my shots and I don’t waste anything. Also, I don’t really get hit much at all.
Do you think your style suits the professional game?
Yes, I think I’ve adapted my style to suit the professional game. I think I’ve adapted quite quickly as well, sparring with a lot of top pros helps a lot. Not only in my gym but I’ve travelled around to spar the likes of Scotty Cardle, Tommy Coyle and Frankie Gavin, names like that. I’ve learnt my craft and adapted to it, and at the moment it’s going quite well.
How do you find training as a professional?
It’s a lot harder, you’ve got to be training hard, especially when you’re doing more rounds. My next fight will be my first eight rounder, so I’m now training twice a day, six times a week. Whether it’s a run in the morning and a session in the evening, or strength in the morning and a session in the evening. I’m sparring three times a week as well, it’s tough but you have to take it a lot more seriously than you do when you’re an amateur. The biggest thing that I didn’t really take seriously in the amateurs is my diet. I was never heavy as an amateur, but I didn’t eat the right things and it makes a massive difference to how you feel in the gym. It’s hard but I’m enjoying it because I love boxing and it’s what I do.
Whose the best fighter you’ve faced so far in your career?
I’ve got to say Ismail Anwar.
What’s the highlight of your career so far?
It’s probably knocking Ismail Anwar out in the second round, as I knocked him out with one punch.
What’s the dream for you as a professional boxer?
It’s to win a world title I think. I’ve not turned professional and grafted twice a day six times a week for nothing, I’m doing it to get to the top. Realistically, I’ve got to work my way through the rankings with the Area title, English title, Commonwealth and British titles, but the ultimate goal is to win a world title definitely.
Where do you see yourself in a years time?
I’ve been fast tracked in my career so far, and I’m headlining my own show in an eight rounder in just my sixth fight. Hopefully I’ll be challenging for an Area title in February next year. I see myself challenging for an English or Commonwealth title in a years time, realistically.
With Cooke making extremely fast progress as a professional, he is certainly one to look out for in the future. With his excellent shot selection and strong defence, he has to potential to be in the mix for major titles very soon.
By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on Twitter @lukemadeira15