TRAINER Jamie Kennedy took it as a compliment when hot prospect Joe Rodgers decided to join his Rotherham stable.
The former Parson Cross ABC boxer, aged 21, has turned pro after a glittering time in the amateurs, where he won the national title twice and represented England. With that pedigree, Rodgers would have had his pick of the local gyms but has opted to join little known Millennium Gym in Rotherham.
Kennedy has a number of prospects in his gym including undefeated pros Chad Gaynor and Maxi Hughes and former Yorkshire amateur and university champion David Wong. He’s delighted to welcome Rodgers aboard. “I’m privileged to be working with Joe because he’s a top talent,” said Kennedy.
“Within a 30 mile radius of Joe are several top gyms, all more established than mine but it’s great he’s decided to come here. When I heard he was turning pro I rang him to see if he wanted to try us out.
“Joe boxed on the same shows as Chad when he was an amateur so we’ve known about him for a long time. We don’t have to teach him to box; he already knows that. All we have to do is tweak his style.”
Kennedy has led many of his amateurs to success and is hoping for the same with Rodgers, who makes his debut at Barnsley Metrodome on September 23.