Holy Smokes! Sheffield Superman turns boxer

Luke Junior - in his Superman days

Luke Junior - in his Superman days

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By day, he is a security guard at Marks and Spencer in Crystal Peaks, who does a bit of acting on the side.

By night, he is a boxer, training hard to make an impact on the Sheffield scene.

And at other times, Luke Junior is Superman...well that’s what the media called him two years ago.

He was the charity fund-raiser, who dressed as the comic book hero, made a daring citizen’s arrest on a shoplifter in Gleadless Road, Newfield Green.

Junior, who had been taking part in a charity event, flew into action to collar the Manor criminal, who was later jailed for four months at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.

Flash forward, Superman-style, to present day and you’ll find Junior preparing for his first win of his professional boxing career.

He takes on Northern Ireland’s Marty Kayes in Leeds in a light middleweight encounter this weekend.

At 26 years old, he has left a pro ring career later than most, but he’s determined to make a success - despite flying into a dose of Kryptonite on his debut in August at Bethnal Green when he lost to Junior Walker.

“He was 3kgs heavier than me but I didn’t know that until after the fight” says the Gleadless man who is trained by former world champion Clinton Woods and has the Superman logo on his shorts.

“Eventually I want a career as a paramedic but I am also very focussed on going as far as I can in boxing.

“I think I can do well, I am inspired to do well by my 16-months old daughter (Tilly)” said Junior, who is engaged to Dronfield boxer Rod Smith’s sister Charlotte.

“I dream of becoming a champion one day for my daughter to be proud of me when she’s older.

“My opponent is durable and has been in with the likes of Lee Haskins and Derry Mathews - it won’t be an easy fight. But I’m a southpaw With Superman powers!”

Junior is backed by sponsors Lincs Medical Services, The Leadmill, SpicyChick, BoxFitUk, Conlon Boxing, AnnaMarie Creations, SJ Beauty and NSG Customize.

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