Jordan off to Toronto with provincial coach for three bouts
TRENTON – If you work hard enough the theory is that it will eventually pay off and for Albion boxer Mike Jordan that’s exactly what happened.
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Mike Jordan, left, is shown during his bout April 5 in New Glasgow at Summer Street Industries during the Albion Amateur Boxing Club’s 25th anniversary card. Jordan will be in Toronto this week with Boxing Nova Scotia’s provincial coach Wayne Gordon for three bouts.
Shocked, thankful and humble are some of the words to describe the 20-year-old’s reaction to being invited to travel to Toronto for three fights May 29-31. Boxing Nova Scotia provincial coach Wayne Gordon identified Jordan for the trip after seeing his performance in his bouts this year.
“(I was thinking) what does he want me for? I’m nothing special,” said Jordan with a laugh about Gordon’s invite. “I thought he was kidding at first. When he texted me Toronto I thought he meant Truro, but I guess I’m on my way to Toronto.”
The heavyweight boxer joined the Albion Amateur Boxing Club this year and had his first bout on March 8 at Centre 200 in Sydney against Trevor Dauphinee. He lost a unanimous decision, but won his rematch against Dauphinee on April 5 during the Albion Club’s card in New Glasgow.
With it being difficult to get bouts in the Maritimes in the heavyweight category, Jordan is looking forward to seeing a few different boxers this week.
“You can’t put a price on it, it’s invaluable,” he said. “The competition that I could run to over there might not even compare to around here. The people I’ll meet, the things I’ll see, the things I’ll learn – just hopefully I won’t break myself in the first fight and I’ll be able to do all three.”
Since finding out about the trip he has been pushing himself as hard as possible to prepare physically and mentally. That has meant getting up at 4:30 a.m. to run before work, focusing on a strict diet and making sure he doesn’t cheat on any of his training at the club Monday to Wednesday.
“In the gym the energy is just through the roof, but having the guys here helps too,” he said. “Just knowing, actually not knowing what I’m going to face up there is the biggest motivation. If I slack at all somebody is going to beat me.”
His plan is to taper the intensity level this week so he doesn’t burn himself out, although he said his coaches have been watching to make sure he doesn’t do that.
“If they saw I was too tired or hurting they would tell me,” said Jordan. “I have a lot of faith in them. I don’t know if I will burn out, but I’m sure they’ll stop me before I do. The coaches here care about your wellbeing. A lot of coaches don't.”
With the three bouts in three days he will more than double the number of bouts he’s had in his career so far. He said he hoped to have at least one this year, but five far exceeds his expectations for his first year in the ring.
“I expected maybe one fight this year, maybe if I was lucky,” he said. “To possibly have enough fights to qualify for provincials in my first year, let alone to have gone to Toronto, is an experience that nobody should ever turn down.”
He said he has never been on a plane or to Toronto before, so not only will the in-ring experience be special, but travelling there will be as well.
“I’ve never been out of Nova Scotia in the last 12 years,” he said. “I’ve never even been on a plane, so it’s going to be scary. I don’t travel or vacation. I’m taking my first vacation to go to this. I just work and box, so I never expected anything like this to happen.
“I’m just thankful to my coaches and my gym for covering my half so that I could even go because I couldn't have come up with that kind of money.”
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