• Dexter Hastings

James Beech Jr The World is his Oyster


James Beech Jr made his Pro debut just over 2 years ago on the MTK show at Tudor Grange Solihull (11th February 2017). Beech at the age of 19 years old in front of a massive following who had made the trip from Walsall to see him witnessed a clinical points victory over four rounds against Simas Volosinas. Beech who is from Bloxwich Walsall had a impressive amateur career were he was trained by Peter Hickenbottom at Pleck ABC winning 5 Midlands area titles having over 80 fights and winning 50 of them. Beech went on to win his next two pro fights on points in convincing style, in his forth fight he got his first stoppage against Russ Midgley at Walsall town hall (30th September 2017). Beech Jr's next fight was his first six rounder at the Imperial Banqueting suite Bilston, he won convincingly against Elvis Gullen but sustained a nasty cut above his eye during the fight.

Beech Jr didn’t fight until April of 2018 which would be his last fight for MTK and was a 8 rounder for the super Bantamweight British challenge belt. Paul Guillen was also unbeaten and this was Beech Jr's first real challenge. In a hard fought battling fight Beech Jr came out the victor on a points decision. Beech Jr then signed for Black Country Boxing promotions and went on to win two more fights on points, one was a six rounder against Edward Bjorklund (21/7/18) he then fought two months later beating Simas Volosonas in a four rounder (22/9/18).

Being eight unbeaten and winning three in a year would usually do most fighters but Beech had one more challenge before 2018 was finished. Black Country Boxing promotions announced that 21 year old James Beech Jr would be moving up two weight divisions to super Featherweight to challenge for the vacant Midlands area title. He would be fighting the talented Louis Fielding who was a natural Super Featherweight, at the Walsall town hall on the 8th December 2018. This was a cracking fight with Beech Jr really turning on the class for his hundreds of supporters cheering him on in his home town of Walsall. Beech Jr eventually stopped a very durable and determined Fielding in the 9th round winning his first proper title at the age of 21. Dexter’s Thoughts

I have followed James Beech Jr's career from that first night at Tudor Grange Solihull and from the end of the first round I knew I was seeing something special. I have talked this talented young boxer up to anyone who will listen to me even naming him as one of the bbcolumn’s boxers to watch. In just 9 fights he has claimed a Midlands area title and not even at his normal super Bantamweight not one but two weights above at super Featherweight. This in its self was a great achievement and I think we have only just seen the start of a very big career. Beech is only 21 and I can see a big future for the Bloxwich lad especially with the BcB promotions behind him. He is another fighter who is destined to enter the Birmingham Boxing Column “Hall of Fame” and at the rate he is going I can see him fighting for a British title in the next year or two. I think Beech Jr can go beyond the British and could see him contesting European, Commonwealth and dare I say it world titles. Just remember where you heard about him first.

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