Dads the way to do it as Jamie targets title joy

jamie sampson and father roger
jamie sampson and father roger

FOLLOWING in dad’s footsteps in sport is always tricky, you’re expected to be as good as them and your every move is under scrutiny.

Despite the similarities between the Sampsons, Jamie wants to better what his dad Roger achieved.

Arbourthorne youngster Sampson, aged 21, is a southpaw lightweight just like father Roger was and after a dominant win on debut against Sid Razak will re-enter the ring against Nuneaton’s Kristian Laight in search of his second win at the Don Valley Stadium tomorrow night.

Jamie was trained by his dad at Hillsborough Amateur Boxing Club but after a chance meeting with former world champion Clinton Woods, decided to ditch the vest and headguard.

“I’d fallen out of love with the amateur side of things and after speaking with Clinton and Dennis (Hobson) I decided it was the right thing to do,” he said.

“My Dad was actually on holiday when I made the decision but he backed me all the way and I’ll still train at his gym sometimes but Clinton’s my trainer and Dennis is my manager.”

In a 12 fight career Roger recorded nine wins, including the scalps of two former British champions in Michael Ayers and Wayne Rigby. He never quite made it to title level, so Jamie intends to do it for him.

“Winning a title is what I’m in boxing for. My dad struggled because he had a business to run and kids so it was hard for him to have a proper go at it,” he said.

“I won 39 out of 61 as an amateur and people have always said to me that my style was better suited to the pros.”

Like father, like son, Jamie is a tricky southpaw and a decent counter-puncher who can fight when he needs to.

Roger, a former Brendan Ingle and Glyn Rhodes fighter, has given his blessing to his son’s gym switch.

“He’s got a similar style to what I had and he’s entering pro boxing at the right time because he’s got youth on his side,” he said.

“I probably came into it too late and the promoters weren’t really interested because of the age I was at.

“He’s got my full backing and he’s obviously in very good hands with Clinton. I’d be so proud of him if he goes on to win a title and he’s definitely got what it takes to do it.”

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Ingle-trained welterweight contender Kell Brook makes his American debut on Saturday night in Atlantic City. Brook fights Puerto Rican Luis Galarza on the undercard to the super six final between super-middleweight Carl Froch from Nottingham and former Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward.