Jordan Latimer On The Comeback Trail
By Henry Walter
Manchester middleweight prospect Jordan Latimer returns to the ring on 11th September after almost three years away from boxing.
Once unbeaten in two fights as a professional and looking set for big things Latimer’s 2018 fight with the highly-rated John Docherty saw his career derailed in spectacular fashion via a first round KO loss.
Latimer took some time away from the sport to recover and regroup. A passion for running helped him to remain fit and active but his love for boxing still burned and a boxing comeback was never far from his mind.
A former Connaught Champion in the amateurs, Latimer is determined to fulfil his potential in the pros and he is not looking for easy fights. In the opposite corner in September will be the tough and undefeated Dan Catlin.
Catlin (7-0) has stopped two of his last three opponents and will aiming to make Latimer victim number eight. Yet Latimer told FightPost he is not fazed by the challenge.
“Yes, I know many will be thinking I should of had some warm-up fights against journeymen, especially with my age and that. However, I turned pro to face the best possible opponents out there and Dan represents that. It motivates me more than anything to win as I know I have to be on top of my game to get the success I want.”
Ridiculed after the early defeat to Docherty, Latimer has overcome post fight injuries coupled with other significant hurdles to try and get his boxing career back on track.
“It’s been a long hard road and most will never know half the story. So, to be back in this position I’m very proud of myself. I’ve been in training for this for a long time. I cannot wait until fight night! I’ve been putting myself through hell so helpfully it pays off!”
Many make Catlin the favourite and while Latimer is confident he is certainly not underestimating the task ahead of him.
“Dan has stopped opponents and is undefeated. However, he’s never had someone go in there to really give it to him. I respect him fully, don’t get wrong, but I am a southpaw and I’m awkward for opponents at the best of times. He (Catlin) doesn’t have much footage of me, only stuff from pre 2018 if anything. I’m confident otherwise I’d have not taken the fight if I’m honest.”
The fight has all the makings of a classic. Catlin is undefeated and powerful but in Latimer he is facing a extremely determined fighter who is desperate to rebuild his career. Latimer is putting it all on the line and has left no stone unturned during his preparation.
“Training has gone the best it possibly could have. I’ve been sparring a guy similar to Dan, long and rangy trying to mimic his style.”
The Oldham Leisure Centre will host the bout which will be fought over six rounds and it could be a night where Latimer puts all the recent problems behind him and gets his boxing career right back on track.