In his first outing as a professional Jervier impressively stopped Latvian Aleksandrs Roldugins (2-1-1) in the second round of a scheduled four back in July. He has aligned himself with the Peacock Gym down in London, working with Tunde Ajayi and Ade Olayina in London. “Ade is a new trainer coming through and he trains me hard. When I first turned professional I was like “wow, this is way different to the amateurs”. It’s a good setup – Ovil Mckenzie trains there and Romeo Romaeo. I’ll be getting good sparring when I’m back there next week.”
One thing that Jervier acknowledges is that as important as him team are, ultimately the pressure comes down to one man – himself. “Nobody can argue with you when you’re in the ring – it’s not a team thing. When I’m training it’s a team thing, we all work together – my coach wants to build me in a certain way.” Undefeated in his professional career to date, he has tasted defeat before. Looking back, did it benefit him?
“I have lost as an amateur, I have been robbed a lot of times but there were other fights where I knew I had lost and just had to hold my hands up and say “I have not won this’. All these things helped me build myself as a boxer. During the amateurs I have no regrets about my journey. It taught me how to get back up. There was one time I got to the novices ABA quarter finals and I lost a robbery – for two weeks I was proper down, didn’t train, didn’t do anything. But then I picked myself back up and went back to the hard work, that was a good thing for me – I remember it, it was November 2012. I’m a person who if I can’t change something I just forget about that – I will change what I can change and move forward building myself. Thinking about what’s happened – I can’t change that.”
It is a positive view from Jervier. He is looking to make quick strides now he has turned over – “I’m thinking of October then December, but it might have to be February. We’ll see, but Steve might have a plan for me after my next fight.”
Age is not prohibitive to Jervier. He is intelligent enough to maintain his physical attributes. He has tasted defeat and success and is mature enough to reflect upon both with a learning mentality. His ambitions for the next 12 months rest at gaining silverware in the Southern Area – with the team established around him Jervier has a solid foundation backed up by amateur experience and trophies. Time will tell where this cruiserweight can get to, but he is determined to ensure that he makes the most of mind, body, experience and age.
Jervier wanted to than Stamina For Sale based out of Peacocks Gym for their support.