Back in November 2018, Ipswich’s Rob Elden successfully made his professional debut and secured his first pro victory, with a first round stoppage win over Liverpool’s Lee Cooper and boy oh boy did he do it in some style.
Elden started hard and fast, taking the fight to his more experienced foe and letting rip with big shots to body and head. Initially Cooper covered up but soon started countering with some big shots of his own, however in doing so left an opening in his defence that the Ipswich man was quick to capitalise on with a big right to the head to send Cooper to the canvas.
Cooper made it to his feet and action resumed in very much the same vein, with Elden backing Cooper up before letting rip with big shots, Cooper once again responded with big shots of his own.
As the round approached the second minute, once again Elden found a chink in Cooper’s armour and this time landed a big right to the body to send the Liverpudlian to the canvas for a second and final time. Official time of the stoppage was one minute and fifty-nine seconds of the first round.
This coming Saturday, at the Charter Hall in Colchester, Elden once again will enter the fray against another tough Liverpudlian, David Taylor.
Speaking from his home earlier Elden spoke briefly about his career to date and why he chose to make the transition to the pro ranks.
“I’d boxed amateur for 10 years or so, I loved the sport, boxed some top boys and basically fought anybody who would fight me really.
“I was unlucky with a lot of the decisions, I was was definitely boxing guys too big.
“It got to the point where I was always feeling like there was nothing left for me to do if I’m honest, so much so that I seriously thought about giving up.
“Then Tommy Jacobs, who I trained with and sparred with for a couple of years with, made me an offer to go pro under his management, it had always been a dream of mine, so I thought the time was now or never.”
Elden continued, “I trained hard and it felt like I had a new lease of life when I had my pro debut.
“I was nervous leading up to my debut and had the extra pressure of selling tickets, which was new for me.
“It’s strange I was so nervous in the build-up, because as soon as I got in the ring, to me it was just another day in the office.
“I boxed at the lightest weight I’d ever been and competed in the Super Middleweight division for the first time.
“The fight went fantastic, well for me anyway, as I stopped the other fella in round 1.”
Elden concluded with “I’m buzzing and can’t wait to be back in the ring on Saturday, I have another chance to showcase my skills and intend making the most of the sport I love.
“I’m gonna have a big 2019 and It’s all starts this Saturday.”
Rob Elden versus David Taylor features on the Tommy Jacobs promoted A NEW DAWN at the Charter Hall, Colchester Leisure World, Cowdray Ave, Colchester CO1 1YH on Saturday 9th March 2019.
Also featured on the event are Dean Porter, against Michael Kelly, Ben Cook versus Michael Barnor, Navid Iran takes on Kyle McNicholas and Tommy Jacobs moves up a couple of divisions to go toe-to-toe with unbeaten Liverpudlian Scott McIntyre.
Tickets: there are limited tickets still available, these can be purchased direct from any boxer taking part or call EBO ticket Line on 07475 096532 or buy on-line at www.tkoboxoffice.com