Prior to boxing Jonathan always participated in sport and more often than not on a competitive level. The biggest positive impact on his life to date other than his formal education and boxing has been his involvement in the Sea Cadet Corps (SCC). At age 9, he started his 7-year journey in the SCC at TS Broadsword (Hendon Sea Training Corps) and then moved to TS Tartar (Finchley Sea Cadets Corps) from the age of 11 to 16. This, he admits, has had the biggest positive impact, on his life to date, other than his formal education.
7 years in the Sea Cadets taught him the focus and discipline to keep away from trouble outside school and facilitated him in gaining numerous nationally recognised qualifications; a BTEC in Marine Engineering, Duke of Edinburgh's Award and multiple Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and British Canoeing Union (BCU) qualifications. Alongside these he achieved several awards including a Jack Petchey Award for Cadet of the Year.
The Sea Cadets, by his own admission, without a doubt, shaped his life for the better. The skills he developed are evident; leadership and teamwork as well as being able to shoulder responsibility not only with confidence but with a mature discipline beyond his years.
During his time at Finchley Sea Cadets he regularly took part in a range of activities including swimming, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing & power boating. He practiced rifle drill weekly and successfully competed for Finchley SCC at National level.
With medals across multiple competitions & sports at local and regional levels, he was also a medallist at the National Combined Regatta for Rowing. Throughout his life, no matter what the competition or sport, Jonathan didn’t turn up simply to take part, he came physically and mentally prepared & determined to take the prize.
In September 2011, a couple of months shy of his 16th Birthday, Jonathan walked into Finchley Boxing Club and has never looked back. As a casual sports fan, he had watched several boxing fights, but it wasn’t until the Mayweather vs Ortiz build up on HBO 24/7 via YouTube that his deeper interest in boxing was ignited.
After moving neighbourhoods, a friend of Jonathan’s who boxed for Finchley Boxing Club turned out to be one of his neighbours. With some encouragement Jonathan decided to go for his first ever boxing session at local boxing club Finchley ABC; he instantly fell in love with the sport and he’s now on a professional boxing championship pursuit.
Jonathan had his first boxing fight aged 16 against a bigger, taller and heavier opponent who had a few wins under his wing nevertheless, he boxed to his coach Sean Murphy’s instructions, rocking his opponent several times and won via a unanimous points decision on Saturday 13th October 2012 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.
"The tempt for greatness is the biggest drug in the world."
Jonathan has competed all over the UK racking up victories & fighter of the night awards and on several occasions representing London and winning multiple fights on the same day.
Some of his achievements include:
“I got a disease called ambition and success is the only cure”.