Deion Jumah's arm is held aloft by the match referee

Fulham prizefighter edges closer to British title

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Image captionDeion Jumah (right) beats Sam Hyde

Undefeated local boxer Deion Jumah has moved a step closer to clinching a British title.

The English cruiserweight champion battled to a hard-fought points victory over the durable Sam Hyde up in Manchester on February 19 to successfully defend his crown.

The bout was also a final eliminator for a shot at the British belt and the Fulham fighter cannot wait to get in the ring again after the biggest win of his pro career to date.

“I want that British title,” said Deion. “It’s what I’ve been working for every day in the gym. It’s been a long old road to get to the top of the domestic scene but I’m finally there.

“People have been ducking me and saying I wasn’t relevant but now I’m knocking on the door for the British crown.”

Deion is now in line to face the British cruiserweight champion Richard Riakporhe who is promoted by heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn.

“I want Riakporhe next so I can show everyone that I am the number one cruiserweight in Britain,” added the 30-year-old.

Deion Juma warming up in the ring
Image caption: Deion Jumah. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

Fulham boxer

Deion, who was born in Hammersmith Hospital, dominated the amateur scene in the UK winning two ABA titles for Dale Youth ABC before turning pro.

The former Henry Compton pupil went into the paid ranks and notched up eight victories before a serious heart illness put his boxing career on hold for two years.

He returned to the ring in 2018 and has not looked back since clinching the Southern Area and English titles in the cruiserweight division.

Local boxing gyms

If you’re interested in trying your hand at boxing, here are a few local options:

  • Hammersmith Boxing Academy at Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College in Gliddon Road run boxing sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm to 8.30pm and Saturdays at 11am to 1pm
  • Hurlingham Boxing Club in Peterborough Road have classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 8pm
  • State of the Mind Fitness in Galena Road has a host of boxing classes. Details are on their website.

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