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22 DECEMBER 2014

 

Britain’s newest promoter – Johnney Roye


By Dewi Powell: Preston’s Johnney Roye has become Britain’s newest promoter after being granted his professional license last week by the BBBofC and he’s planning to be active in 2012.

In just a short amount of time, Roye has amassed a steady stable at his ‘JR Gym’ and his latest venture is committed to provide his boxers with a platform to stay active and develop.

He said: “I’ve initially done it so I can make sure that the guys I do train can fight regularly. There’s all kind of spin offs and focusing on the business side there’s probably a lot more that I can do with it than I’m currently doing, to be fair.”

While Roye may have found a gap in the market as Preston’s only promoter, for now he’s content to commit to his Preston prospects.

He commented: “I just looked at it from a trainer and managers point of view, I need to be my lads out once every two months for the lads who are prospects and can sell tickets, then the lads who are struggling to sell tickets I can put them on every month as away fighters and I’ll feel like I have control of their futures.”

Roye’s stable is out tonight in Preston on a show in association with Hatton Promotions.

While promotion is stressful, Roye feels it’s worthwhile.

“It’s a lot of hard work but if I didn’t have people like the boxers I’ve got then I wouldn’t do it – it’s that much hard work. I’ve been non-stop on the phone for the last two weeks getting the fights ready, I’ve had pull-outs as late as yesterday when there’s only three days left until the fights.”

But the man of all crafts, including cuts-man, thinks it’s worthwhile. Roye said: “It’s a lot of hard work but I need to have some control for the fighters, otherwise I’ll be letting other promoters and other matchmakers take over then I’m not happy because we won’t know what we’re up against.”

The stable at JR Gym boasts numerous young talents including Wayne Adeniyi – a multiple gold medal winner at the Four Nations who spent time at Team GB, Warren Sinden – a two-time Welsh ABA finalist, Matty Clarkson – junior ABA winner and 4-0 as a pro, Dean Halsall – 4-0 as a pro and Mick Hall – 6-0 as a pro.

“I want to have a stage for our young lads to fight regularly and I want to build them up to a stage where I can pass them over to the Ricky Hattons and Frank Warrens – that suits us all as a trainer and a manager, we’re on a percentage, they’re on a percentage so the more we get then the more we all earn. So it’s my interest to build them up but I can’t build them up relying on other people.” concluded Roye.


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