Hellraiser Boxing News | Heavyweight hope Naylor Ball returns this month with his manager insisting the future is bright.
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Heavyweight hope Naylor Ball returns this month with his manager insisting the future is bright.
Ball turned pro at 19 after a good amateur career and won his first five fights before running into Kamil Sokolowski last September.
Sokolowski stunned the 6ft 5ins fighter from Iver by pulling off a third-round stoppage.
Manager/trainer Johnny Edwards admits fighting Sokolowski so early in Ball’s career was a mistake, but at 22, he still has time on his side – and is improving.
He returns to the ring on promoter Mickey Helliet’s show at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday, June 22.
“I put that result down to underestimating Sokolowski,” admitted Edwards.
“Naylor wanted to get up the rankings and I put him in with a mature man who can punch. It was a mistake.
“I thought Naylor could get behind his jab and beat him, but that’s not how it turned out. Naylor did show an excellent chin. I threw the towel in, he didn’t go down and he was taking some big shots.
“Naylor is only 22, so he still has time.
“We have some rebuilding to do, but in the next couple of years, you will see the best of Naylor.
“I know from working with him day in, day out, his strength is coming on and I think we will see him knocking people out.”
As an amateur, Ball was outpointed by Daniel Dubois in a Youth final in 2015.
Dubois is way ahead of him in the pros, but Edwards says Ball will one day be able to mix it with the best heavyweights in Britain.
“We haven’t got a promoter at the moment,” said Edwards, “but he sells tickets and should be boxing regularly.
“We are looking to rebuild with three four rounders before stepping up again. We will be targeting the big boys later on.”
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Posted: 19th Jun 2019
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