hard with bad intentions" Interview with Amateur Boxer Jake Henderson.
is an up and coming boxer from Bourne End. He is a great learner of the game
and learns very quickly. I have had a move around with him on many occasions
for speed and he is improving week in week out. Look out for a champion in
the making BABY JAKE!” –
thanks for talking to SylvanaBoxing.com. How are you today?
JH: Not a problem. I’m very good
thanks. I hope your doing well.
start with a brief introduction of yourself?
JH: My name is Jake Henderson. I
am from Bourne End in Buckinghamshire, England. I am 20 years old. I got
into boxing at the age of 10 with many dreams of becoming a champion and
making my name in history for something special.
got you into boxing? Was there something or someone that inspired you to
enter the ring or was it something that just happened by luck?
JH: At the age of 7 to 13 I was
bullied physically and mentally. Because of this, I had enough and wanted to
be able to handle myself in any situation that confronted me. By this I mean
to “man up”. This was the first reason why I took too boxing. My second
reason was because I wanted to chase my dreams and prove to myself and to my
family, that if I have something in my head and I want it bad enough, that I
can make it happen. It’s true what they say, "dreams do come true".
SA: What is
it about the sport of boxing that you love so much?
JH: I like the discipline and
control that boxing offers. I love training hard and being put through
extremely hard challenges knowing that this is something only "fighters"
could under go. The amount of dedication that is needed to be a true fighter
is amazing and the best feeling after going through all the physical drama
and pain is relaxing at the spa and looking back at what you have just
would you describe your boxing style?
JH: I would describe myself to be
unpredictable and explosive, with a lot of power.
SA: What is
your inspiration and motivation?
What motivates me the most, is going
to sleep thinking about being a champion and then waking up the next day
with the same thoughts in my head. The only way to get around these thoughts
and visions is to make it real. I’m inspired by Mike Tyson. The reason being
is that he was there to hurt his opponent and to win no matter what.
can we expect from you once you turn pro?
JH: Excitement, unpredictability,
explosiveness and eventful. Action that everybody would love to watch!
SA: You are
on the cusp of joining the pro game. What do you see your ultimate goal as
and have you a target in mind to have this goal achieved by?
JH: To bring another huge spark
back into the boxing world. My target is to become a champ and to handover
the belt to my mother and father. There is no time set for this target yet
as I have to do a lot more training in the gym first but believe me, it will
be coming soon!
SA: How do
your family and friends feel about you turning pro and having a career in
JH: To be honest I couldn’t
answer that on my parents behalf, so you might like this quote from them.
"We are extremely proud of
Jake but also worry about the risks the sport of boxing has but know that
this is his dream and we will support him until his dream comes true and his
wish is fulfilled".
All of my friends are very
pleased for me as they know what an unsteady path I have had before, and now
everything is going the way it needs to be they are being very supportive.
have you learnt during your time in the amateurs that you feel will
translate well into the pro’s to make you a success?
JH: I have learnt from my time
with the amateurs. This is where you first learn the ropes but I have also
learnt a lot from spending a lot of time with professional boxers, watching
them spar and train. I have also had the opportunity with the pro's training
SA: Who are
your favorite fighters?
JH: Mike Tyson, David Haye,
Sprott, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson,
Jr. There’s many, all with different styles.
What do you feel it is
going to take to become a World Champion?
Dedication is a must with something like this! You have to be mentally
focused and ready for what ever jumps out in front of you! Even if it’s a
SA: Do you
see boxing as a sport, a way of life or just a job?
JH: What’s my life? Hmmm ok,
Boxing and Training is my life. I live it.
got to know a bit about you in the ring. Why don’t you tell us a bit about
yourself outside of it?
JH: My family mean the world to
me. You can start with me, put me through pain all day long but never with
my family. I’m very protective over them all. They have helped me through
everything I have done and always there if I need to fall back on them.
SA: So what
is the next step for you now?
JH: To work hard and to prove to
everybody that I could make a difference to the boxing world!
there a particular promoter or team that you are hoping to work with when
you enter the pro game?
JH: There’s options open to me,
but as of yet I have made no decision until nearer the time.
SA: Do you
feel that enough respect is given to boxers considering the risks they face
when entering the ring?
JH: I don’t think enough respect
is maybe given. This is my opinion. Think the entertainment covers up the
actual risks involved when two boxers fight for what they want. Don’t get me
wrong, this doesn’t mean boxers don’t get respect. Still, I just don’t think
people truly understand the risks! One punch could be the last you'll ever
do you see yourself in 5 years time?
JH: Champion!!!! Ooops. Thats too
soon. Ha. I would like to be doing very well and high up in ranks.
you like to add anything to the interview?
JH: I would just like to thank
you for showing interest in my future career and supporting me in everyway!
SA: Do you
have a message or any shout outs to your supporters?
JH: I would like to thank
everybody who is following me on Twitter and watching my career unfold.
Follow me all the way to the top on Twitter ..
And I would also like to thank
everybody who has helped me in the past and people who are helping me at
present. They all know who they are. Too many shout outs if I named them
Also, follow the wonderful lady
who has done this interview
@a_Sylvana and her website is
Finally, shout out to a Champion
himself - Michael Sprott - Prizefighter
Heavyweight Champion 2012 & his team for all the help they are giving me.
You can follow him on Twitter
Once again loads of love for all
my supporters! X