Joe ready to have a real go for stardom

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At 24 years of age, and after a superb amateur career, Sheffield fight fans might have expected to have heard more about Joe Rodgers once he’d joined the professional ranks.

But the Parson Cross- born lightweight has been restricted to only six fights since becoming a paid boxer in 2011.

Joe Rodgers, left

Joe Rodgers, left

A week ago, Rodgers dispensed with durable Latvian Pavels Senkovs at iceSheffield and will be in action at the same venue in February.

And the former 57kg NACYP amateur champion is intent on progressing up the levels to domestic title status.

Speaking on video at thestar.co.uk, after a four round points win over the Mansfield-based European, Rodgers said: “I thought it was a good fight, I knew he was a tough kid. But [their latest contest] I knew I won every round.”

Rodgers, who now lives in Ecclesfield, accepts his plans for stardom stalled after the amateurs. “Yes I had a slow start to my career, I only had four fights in two years. But now I have signed for a new promoter, David Coldwell, he’s keeping me a lot busier.”

Rodgers has to fit in training alongside his work as a caretaker at a primary school, Hartley Brook, Shiregreen - where he also teaches the kids some of the arts of boxing.

As for the next 18 months or so, Rodgers says: “I’d like an English title shot or maybe British. I want to make it up there, I want to have a go.”