Parson Cross’s finest begins professional career

Debutant: Joe Rodgers with trainer Jamie Kennedy, right.  Picture: Star Photographer
Debutant: Joe Rodgers with trainer Jamie Kennedy, right. Picture: Star Photographer
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THEY will be leaving Parson Cross in their droves on Friday night.

Around 120 people will be deserting the Sheffield estate to roar on the city’s newest professional boxer.

Joe Rodgers, a two-times Children and Young Persons champion and former English Schoolboy finalist, has left the amateur scene to join the paid ranks.

He fights Plymouth’s Ben Morrish at the Metrodome, Barnsley, in a Carl Greaves promotion.

“I am looking forward to it, I don’t have any nerves at the moment, but I may have a few on the night,” said the 21-year-old, who boxed for 12 years with the Parson Cross ABC.

“Professional boxing is completely different to amateur - it is more like a marathon than a sprint.

“But I will keep most of my style the way it is, I am an all-round boxer who can do any style.”

Rodgers, who has just from Parson Cross to Ecclesfield, is keeping his feet firmly on the ground about his aspiring career.

“I am just taking this one fight at a time, and see how far it goes.

“I am 100 per cent determined though and it would be nice to get a title one day.”

The boxer is trained by Jamie Kennedy at the Millennium Gym in Rotherham.

Stablemate Chad Gaynor will also be on Friday’s bill. The light welterweight is unbeaten after five fights and takes on Preston’s Tom Dunn.

Brampton’s Josh Wale fights Slovakian Elemir Rafael.