Fighting Fenman

Former Soldier Jake Dyer from Whittlesey is due to continue the Fens’ long boxing history as he takes to the ring on Friday 9th March at the East of England Showground when promoter Robert Waterman brings professional boxing back to Peterborough. The bill also features Big Brother star JJ Bird and Caine Brodie, from Gunthorpe.

Dyer was brought up in Ramsey and learned to box at March Amateur Boxing Club. The 26 year-old light-heavyweight knows all about the Fens’ fighting history.

Eric Boom, from Chatteris, won the British lightweight title in the 1930s thrilling the nations fight fans with his non-stop punching style and three decades later, Bluntisham brothers Mickey and Monty Laud boxed professionally. Dave ‘Boy’ Green was another crowd pleaser from Chatteris who fought his way to British and European titles and twice challenged for world honours with the legendary Sugar Ray Leonard as just one of his opponents.

Dyer laughed: “I’m just another lad from the Fens – and I’ve got a few tough acts to follow! Talking about Dave ‘Boy’ Green, Dyer said “I’ve heard he would cycle to London, box and then cycle all the way home afterwards. Maybe I could make it to Peterborough and back for my next fight!”

Dyer, who spent seven years in the Army and served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has more modest ambitions. “All I want to do is win a title,” he said and he has the all-action style of the Fens’ famous fighters.

He thrilled the 70 fans who followed him to Newark last December to watch a give-and-take match against Mickey O’Sullivan with former women’s world champion Jane Couch MBE describing the bout as “the small-hall fight of the year.” Dyer overcame a second-round wobble to post a stoppage in the next and secure his first win in four fights. “I’m not really a text-book boxer,” admitted Dyer, “but I like to think I give fans value-for-money when they pay to watch me”.

Carl Greaves, the former British title challenger and WBF world champion, manages Dyer and thinks he has some potential “Jake has a real fire in his belly. There are things to work on – he needs to get his hands tighter and improve his lateral movement – but he’s very heavy handed and the will to win is there. He’s never in a dull fight.”

Jake Dyer currently works for the Military Provost Guard Service at local base RAF Marham and next month’s show will raise funds for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Further details available and information on tickets sales from Jake Dyer Ext: 7620.

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