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Debutant Harper Excited By Future

Gloucester Boxer, Adam Harper, admits he is excited as to what the future holds.

The 26 year-old from Tewkesbury is set to make his professional debut later this month after switching from the amateur code to the paid ranks.

After reaching The ABA National Championship Quarter Finals last year, Harper was torn between turning professional or giving the prestigious competition one more crack. He chose the latter but, after a controversial split decision loss in Worcester earlier this year, he knew the time was right to leave amateur boxing behind and try his hand at the pro game.

“It’s been a big decision for me,” Harper told www.uko-boxing.com. “In 2013 I reached the ABA Quarter Finals and was going to ‘turn over ‘after that.

“My coaches told me to have another crack at that National Trophy though, so that’s what I did.

“I was toying with the decision all season and now it’s done, I’m just looking forward.”

Once the decision to ‘turn over’ was made, Harper went about finding a promoter and manager. After meeting with many, he sat down with Black Country-based promoter, Errol Johnson. Johnson’s stable includes the likes of former British Lightweight Champion, Martin Gethin and two-time British Title Challenger, Jason Welborn. The pair clicked and Harper signed for EJKO Promotions soon after.

“I spoke to 15 or 20 different managers and promoters but, when I met Errol, everything just seemed right,” he added. “He’s a good guy who will do his best by me.

“Training has been great, sparring has been brilliant and I’m ready to go now.

“I’ve been coming up to Wednesbury once or twice a week. I do my core work with Jon Pitman at the Fight Factory in Gloucester. Jon’s a great bloke. He’s brilliant for me. I have the right team around me and I’m excited as to what the future holds.”

With the decision to ‘go pro’ made, and a promoter in place, the icing on Harper’s cake was to try and get his debut fight on home soil. Johnson has delivered. The cherry on the icing on that cake is that his debut will take place at his favourite boxing venue – Hatherley Manor Hotel on Friday, 24th October.  The 17th Century Manor House was the scene of Harper’s novice debut some four years ago, it’s minutes from home, and holds a special place in his heart.

“It’s a great venue. The place will be jumping. It’s a great place to box. It will be four years and one day since I made my novice debut there and it’s a place that holds lots of memories for me.

“When I signed for Errol I told him I wanted to box locally to start with. He promised me that and he’s delivered on that promise. It’s literally ten minutes from my doorstep. I will have a few hundred fans there on the night. It’s going to be special and the start of what we all hope will be a great journey.”

Tickets for the show, entitled ‘Lords of the Manor’ are available by calling 07772 466 790. They are priced at £30 or £50 Ringside.

Gloucester welterweight, Todd Roberts, Worcester lightweight, Michael Mooney, Halesowen’s unbeaten super middleweight prospect, Lennox Clarke, and Jason Welborn, fresh from his British title Challenge, complete the card.