Stuart is ready for a
Jess is set for the biggest fight of his career – as
he attempts to defend his British title for the first time
To heap pressure on the young man, a Commonwealth belt is
also up for grabs.
Light-welterweight Jess stunned the British Kickboxing community
in June when he took the British title from the much more
experienced champion Barinder Singh. The Leceister fighter
had been English champion for some time and expected his defence
to be easy. That was until Jess’s
smash and grab that saw him take it on point on a memorable
Singh asked for a rematch and this weekend he gets his wish.
To get the fight on, he has put his Commonwealth title up
for grabs too.
“This is going to be a tough fight for Stuart but he
is so strong and has really improved after taking the British
title,” said Jess’ coach, the former four time
world champion Billy Murray. “Barinder thinks he has
got the title won and I hope he keeps thinking like that.
It was his overconfidence that cost his first time round.
“This will be tough for Stuart, make no mistake. It’s
a 10 rounder and Singh is wily. But Stuart wants it bad, we’ve
got him in incredible shape and I think he’ll be heading
back to Northern Ireland as Commonwealth champ.”
But he will have a strong contingent of supporters and fellow
fighters with him to offer support.
Chief amongst them is Gary Hamilton,
the featherweight world champion and inspiration for a generation
of young athletes at east Belfast’s ProKick’s
It will mark Hamilton’s second fight in a number of
weeks as he attempts to get back in title contention for a
punt at the heavier WKN Lightweight world crown.