Saturday, 20 February 2016
New faces.. Jesse Hard Work Hart.
In Philadelphia boxing circles the surname Hart should evoke fond images of Philadelphia legend Eugene Cyclone Hart a folk hero of a bygone era, but today there is a new Hart in town, Eugene's son Jesse 'Hard Work' Hart an unbeaten super middleweight raised up on the same mean streets as his father.. Jesse was the 2011 US Olympic trials gold medalist at 165, the national Championship gold medalist at 165 and the National Golden Gloves champion at 165.. Currently after three years as a pro Jesse is 19 / 0 with 16 Kos a 26 year old with a point to prove.. Father Eugene is Harts coach and since day one has never tried to wrap the youngster in cotton wool, Jesse trains at two gyms in Philly to vary his sparring, always top notch guys, in Philly no one cares about your reputation.. Eugene makes sure the competition in the gym is designed to push Jesse to his limits.. Cyclone knows how tough it is at the very top, he has carefully instilled a solid work ethic into his fighter, knowing full well Jesse will thank him in the long run, it's kill or be killed..
Jesse has been averaging five fights a year consistently, and in 2014 he beat Samuel Clarkson to win the vacant junior NABF super middleweight title in Las Vegas. Four fights later he would add the vacant WBO NABO and USBA titles by beating Mike Jimenez via 6 round tko on the Mayweather v Pacquiao card in Las Vegas.. His best performance to date had to be his 9th round tko in September over another son of a legendary fighter Aaron Pryor jr at the cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, a victory which has prompted many to tip Jesse for big things in the coming months.. "Everyone knows I am the hardest working guy in the gym, I live and breath boxing, I have a clear vision of where I need to be.." With the wealth of knowledge his father brings plus the unequalled work ethic, it would be hard not to favour Jesse Hard Work Hart in the current super middleweight mix at the minute.. The WBA and IBF currently have Hart ranked at 8, with the WBO ranking him at 3..