MTK Global signs unbeaten cruiserweight Deion Jumah

Hailing from London, Jumah (13-0, 7 KOs) is the reigning English cruiserweight champion, and the current mandatory challenger for the British cruiserweight title.

The 31-year-old was involved in a 2020 Fight of the Year contender in his last contest when he defeated Sam Hyde, while he also holds stoppage wins in title fights against Wadi Camacho and Ossie Jervier.

He will now take the next step in his career under the guidance of MTK Global, and the man known as ‘The Ghost’ is excited to get going.

Jumah said: “I’m delighted to be joining MTK Global. It was time to take my career to new heights and I’ve had some some great discussions with both Lee Eaton and Adam Hart and we are all on exactly the same wavelength.

“MTK Global has the experience and success at top level, and that’s a level I’ll be performing at very soon. I’m glad to be on the journey with such a strong team behind me.

“I’ve done the best I can with what I’ve had. I’m definitely proud of how far I’ve come, but this is just the beginning for me. I want world titles.

“The British belt is an important one for me, and it’s important for any fighter. The timing of joining MTK couldn’t have been more perfect. I’m levelling up in every aspect of my career.

“The cruiserweight division is certainly an exciting one. The top five fighters make for some great matchups. Matchups that I’ll be a part of this year. I believe I’m the best of the lot and I can’t wait to prove it.

“Over the next 12 months the aim is to win the British title, a European title and earn a solid world ranking!”

MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton said:“We’re thrilled to welcome Deion Jumah to the team. The next couple of years are going to be massive for him and we’re proud to now be giving him our backing.

“We’ve seen the cruiserweight division go from strength to strength in recent years, and Deion is going to be a key part of that moving forward. He’s the mandatory challenger for the British title, and once he wins that belt, the future will be very bright.”

News on when Jumah will have his first bout as an MTK Global fighter will be announced in due course.

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Cruiserweights collide on Povetkin-Whyte 2 bill
Chris Billam-Smith will take on Deion Jumah for the vacant British Cruiserweight Title on the undercard of Alexander Povetkin’s huge rematch with Dillian Whyte on Saturday November 21, shown live on Sky Sports Box Office

Commonwealth Champion Billam-Smith (11-1, 10 KOs) retained his belt in emphatic style last time out at Matchroom Fight Camp in August, using his superior size and strength to blast out Cardiff’s Nathan Thorley in two dominant rounds. 

‘The Gentleman’, trained by Shane McGuigan in Kent, is seeking domestic dominance by avenging a loss he suffered to Jumah in the amateurs before turning his attention to a shot at European honours as he continues to impress with powerful performances. 

English Champion Jumah (13-0, 7 KOs) is undefeated in thirteen fights, winning the Southern Area Title with a fifth round stoppage of Ossie Jervier at York Hall in 2018 before taking out Wadi Camacho in five to secure the English crown in 2019.

‘The Ghost’, a 6′ 1″ southpaw from Chelsea, kicked off 2020 in style as he outpointed Sam Hyde over 12 compelling rounds to retain his English Title, and secure a shot at the famous Lord Lonsdale Challenge Belt previously owned by Richard Riakporhe.

“I think it’s a great fight,” said Bilam-Smith. “Me and Dion have shared the ring together in the amateurs and we have sparred as professionals. I think our styles gel really nicely. We both come to fight and we are both always fit. We’re two big punchers so it’s a brilliant fight and one that I’m really excited about.

“He beat me in the amateurs so I’m looking forward to getting me revenge. The British Title is such a prestigious belt and it is a dream for any British fighter to fight for it. I’m absolutely buzzing to add that belt to my Commonwealth. I will become the British Champion on November 21.”

“We have waited too long for an opportunity like this but timing is everything and I’m glad this fight got made when it did,” said Jumah. “Chris Billam-Smith is the perfect opponent for this stage in my career. On November 21 I will be walking away with BOTH the British and Commonwealth Titles. The Ghost Is Coming!”

Billam-Smith vs. Jumah lands on a huge night of action that sees Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1, 25 KOs) rematch Dillian Whyte (27-2, 18 KOs) in a must-win contest for the Londoner and Conor Benn (16-0, 11 KOs) take a huge step up against Germany’s Sebastian Formella (22-1, 10 KOs).
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