Impending fatherhood spurs on unbeaten fighter’s bid for ring glory

Who's your daddy: Jerome Wilson can't wait to become a parent.
Who's your daddy: Jerome Wilson can't wait to become a parent.
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TELEVISION star Jerome Wilson wants to be the daddy of the ring in 2011.

The Sheffield puncher and girlfriend Michelle will become parents in September.

And Wilson, who has recently appeared on BBC’s Total Wipeout programme, aims to use it as a source of inspiration in a bid to climb the standings in the light-welterweight division.

Currently ranked 27 in England, Wilson told The Star: “I have got a kid on the way so I want to do as well as I possibly can to provide for my family.

“This gives me more motivation to get to the top level. I’m still buzzing about it now and I think it is only going to help me perform better.”

Arbourthourne fighter Wilson earned rave reviews following his knockout victory over Henry Janes at the MEN Arena in November on the undercard of the David Haye, Audley Harrison show.

More than 8,800 people have watched on YouTube his superb stoppage win but Wilson, unbeaten in four bouts, is refusing to get carried away.

The 26-year-old said: “I have not achieved anything in the sport yet. I need to keep working hard, stay grounded and stick to my diet.

“I have not won any titles so I have got to keep improving. You can never stop learning and there are always areas you can improve.”

Wilson, who trains with Dave Coldwell in Rotherham, is poised to be one of the 10 local fighters on the Magna bill on March 20.

His opponent has not yet been confirmed. Ghanaian Ben Odametty is in the frame.

“Ben is an awkward, dangerous fighter,” said Wilson. “He is unpredictable; sometimes he has slow starts and then he can just string the combinations together.

“I would relish that fight if it turns out to be him. He would be a durable opponent but nothing that would worry me.”

Having sparred with former British light-middleweight champion Ryan Rhodes in recent weeks, Wilson is in confident mood about the challenges looming on the horizon.

“I’ve really enjoyed sparring with Ryan,” said Wilson. “He is world-class and certainly someone I look up to.”

Navid Mansouri and Maltby’s Nathan McCann, who have also trained with Wilson, are part of the Magna line-up.

n Dalton Smith is closing in on a special hat-trick.

The talented Steel City youngster is chasing a third successive ABA Nationals Schools Championship title when he travels to Manchester tomorrow.

Smith secured his place in the final in the class two 44kg weight after recording a second-round stoppage win over Retford’s William Smith last month.

Now Dalton will meet Andreas Wallace, who saw off Jack Featherstone.