Stellar Sellars relishing tough tests

James Oddy
31/01/2017 4:44pm

The life of many young boxers is defined by hard work and complete focus on their trade; Halifax’s Jack Sellars (4-0-1) is one such talent.

Campaigning at super welterweight, Sellars is currently preparing for a meeting with tough and experienced Chris Jenkinson, (9-40-3) on Kieran Farrell promotions' card at the Bowlers arena, Manchester on 10 February.

It’s been a long and tough journey into the pro game for the 22-year-old. “I started boxing at the age of eight," Sellars told Boxing Monthly. "I don't really know what inspired me to go down to the gym. I was a good little footballer and I think I just wanted to improve my fitness. I asked my dad how and he said 'try some boxing if you want', and it just took off from there really!"

Sellars quickly embraced and excelled at his new sport. "My amateur career was a weird one," he explained. "I started out at Halifax police where I had 51 fights and then [had] my last seven with The Camp Detox. I had 58 fights in total, lost eight out of my first ten and finished off winning just over half, but I was better than my record showed.

"I would take short notice fights and box every other week I just loved being active. I lost narrowly, maybe even controversially to the likes of Cyrus Patterson and Conor Loftus who have gone on to achieve great things as a amateurs. Ultimately I never achieved what I wanted. I was just never suited to the amateur game and needed more rounds, but it's set me in good stead, giving me vital experience.”

Such experience has proved vital for a fighter who has been matched tough almost from the very start of his pro career in 2015. He has already faced two fighters with winning records in Darryl Sharp and Tom Ramsden, winning one and drawing the other respectively. In his last fight, Sellars also beat William Warburton, a vastly experienced journeyman who is renowned for scalping novices and experienced pros alike, in an enjoyable fight on another Farrell promotions card. Yet the Halifax man wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I always want the hardest challenges possible," he stressed. "I’ve had that installed in me from a young age, I thrive off a challenge, I love it. My problem is when I lack the challenge, and that's where I'm learning and developing as a professional to be able to keep that consistency no matter who the appointment is or the situation.”

Sellars is learning that trade at Leeds' highly regarded am/pro gym, The Camp Detox, under the tutelage of ex pros Danny Thornton, Rob Stevenson and Paul O’Rourke. It’s allowed him to gain some quality sparring and seen him build on some past experiences.

“The sparring I’ve enjoyed the most and learned the most from is when I have been thrown in the lion's den, [such as] sparring ten times three-and-a-half minute rounds with 30 seconds rest with Matthew Hall at his gym when I was about 16. [That] will always stand out to me. From then on boxing was all I wanted to do. But I enjoy every spar and at The Camp Detox gym, I get some great sparring with the likes of Damon Jones (14-1) and Stevie Mennell (7-0-1) every other day.”

Such sparring has also helped hone a fan friendly style, which should stand Sellars well as his career progresses. “[I] would describe myself as a box fighter," he said. "I can box nicely behind the jab finding clean shots but I can tear it up and have a scrap when needed and that's what I enjoy the most.”

After showing plenty of mettle so far, it’s hard to bet against Sellars going on to achieve a lot more in the pro game.

Tickets are available directly from Jack on 07832999885 for his next fight.