Hamilton boxer Jordan Grant says his close encounter bout with Tommy Fury has done him the world of good as he looks back on the fight.
‘The Game’ proved to be the toughest challenge yet for the former Love Island star who edged the battle on points after four rounds.
But despite the defeat, Jordan is in good spirits as his impressive performance now looks set to open many doors for him.
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Speaking to Lanarkshire Live, he said: “It was some experience, better than I thought it would be. It was good to go down there and be part of it all.
“I knew that I would have had to knock him out to get a draw, but it was a very close fight and it’s done wonders for me.
“If I showed that I had good ability and heart I knew it would serve me well and that’s what it’s done.
“It was a competitive four rounds, good to be that involved and try to show off my skills to everybody and I was not there to be overlooked.”
The brother of two-time world heavyweight Tyson Fury made it six wins from six at the Telford International Centre in Shropshire.
However, the fight was no formality for the Englishman who looked shell-shocked coming out of the ring.
Forced on the defensive many a time by Grant, he knew his 40-36 win on points could have easily been very different.
Fury had heaps of praise for the former Hamilton Grammar pupil afterwards and told BT Sport: “I learned more in those four rounds than I did in the rest of my five fights.”
The pair have been getting along well since the fight and even grabbed a drink together afterwards, before arranging to meet up for training in the future too, Jordan told us.
“It was great to hear that from Tommy, we got on well and now we’re going to end up training together, so it’s worked out well.
“Tommy was great with me and his team are great guys, we got a good drink and a laugh together after it, so it was brilliant.”
The Eddlewood man was blown away by his support back home and is delighted to have done his family, friends and Lanarkshire proud.
He added: “I’m over the moon, it’s worked out so well for me. It’s given me all the exposure and I’ll have some more fight news this week.
“I was very overwhelmed, actually when I got back there was a crowd waiting for me getting home. My family got together and were amazing. It was as if I’d just won a world title, that’s how much everybody got behind me.
“It was amazing to have everybody supporting me and I’m happy because I did do well and it was a close fight.
“Hopefully I’ve made everybody proud here.”
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