Jerome Conquest: Ready to Conqueror All
Jerome Conquest: Ready to Conqueror All
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
February 3, 2018
Brooklyn, NY (Philadelphia, PA) –
The city of Philadelphia is known to produce some of the toughest, skilled, and hardest working boxers in the history of the sport and on March 9, live at the Parx Casino in Philadelphia, PA, Joe Hand Promotions presents Xcite Fight Night.
This stacked fight card will surely pack the house with many fans and supporters, while featuring lightweight prospect Jerome Conquest in a co-main event attraction. “The Conqueror” is eager to return to showcase his skills and boxing ability in front of all his fans and supporters. Since his last bout, Conquest (9-2, 1 KO) has been working extremely hard on being ready to showcase his skills in front of his hometown fans and supporters.
Conquest, who in recent months, has trained with two of the best fighters in and around his division. He was handpicked by both the camps of reigning WBO Super-Featherweight World Champion Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 8 KOs) and IBF Lightweight World Champion Robert Easter Jr. (21-0, 14 KOs) to help them both prepare for their respective world title defenses. Lomachenko, voted as the consensus fighter of year for 2017 and Easter Jr., one of the best young champions in boxing, went on to win their respective fights.
Conquest shared his experience in working with two of the best fighters from the Super-Featherweight and Lightweight division.
“Working with Lomachenko was amazing. I was so excited to receive the call that him and his team wanted to work with me. When the call came in, I didn’t ask any questions. All I said was when am I leaving and where do I need to go.”
“I was in camp with him and his team for four weeks, helping him to prepare for his championship fight against former World Champion Guillermo Rigondeuax. He spoke little English and we communicated mostly through a translator. But it came to boxing, we communicated from our body language. It’s like having a dance partner. We understood each very well.”
“It was a great learning experience to work and train with one of the best fighters in boxing. He’s considered as one the best amateur boxers of all-time (two-time Olympic Gold Medalist – 396W-1L). He’s one of the best skilled and talented fighters in boxing.”
“He’s extremely smart. He’s in a different class of boxing. He moves his feet and puts his opponents on an angle that when you try to defend yourself, he’s already in a different position to land his punches. He’s unreal! He possesses speed, power, and dissects everything that you want to do with your own footwork.”
“I didn’t fly out there to be a punching bag. I flew out to his camp to train with him as a sparring partner and I left as a friend. Both he and his entire team were great. They treated me with open arms. They treated me like family. His entire team were very professional and they took care of me like I was one of their fighters. It boosted my confidence as a fighter to another level.”
“Working with Bunny (Easter Jr.) was the same type of feeling. He’s a smart and great fighter as well. He adjusts very well to his opponent. I trained with him for two weeks. I helped him prepare for his title defense against another southpaw fighter, former world champion Javier Fortuna. I mimicked some of the things that I thought Fortuna would try against him during their fight. We sparred five to six times; for at least 35 rounds. He adjusts very well. He’s a smart and great fighter as well.”
“We developed a great relationship. We talked a lot about boxing and both of our careers. He and his team treated me like family. Everyone treated me like they knew me forever. I spent my birthday in his training camp. They bought me a cake and treated me to dinner. I have nothing but respect with Team Easter.”
After working in both training camps with Lomachenko and Easter Jr., Conquest discussed his readiness on taking his career to the next level.
“I’m looking at my career from more of a business perspective. Boxing is prize-fighting sport. I don’t box for fame. Fame does not pay my bills or take care of my family. I love to fight, but I also want the best purse to fight for. I want fights that will push my rankings. I want to start fighting opponents who have undefeated records. I want to shock those who don’t believe in my skills and capabilities.”
“I’ve been offered to fight on cards in cities such as Cincinnati and Los Angeles. I’m ready to take my career to the next level. I don’t want to be known as a local fighter from Philadelphia. There are too many of those type of fighters out here. I want to expand my fan base and fight on the bigger stages, the bigger cards.”
“I’m not eyeing any opponent in particular, but if a good fight presents itself, I will take it. I’m not in boxing to make friends. I have no animosity towards anyone but when it’s time to fight that’s where my focus is at. Once you sign that contract, you’re my enemy for my entire training camp.”
For his next fight on March 9, Conquest is still awaiting an opponent. For Conquest, it doesn’t matter who he faces. All he’s concerned about is fighting the best opponent that will further the success of his career.
“I’ve never turn downed a fight against any opponent. I’ve fought as high as 140lb and at 135lb. I’ve never handpicked an opponent in my career. It never mattered to me who I fought.”
“I’m thankful that I have a good team in place. My manager is Joe Hand and James Gibbs is my advisor. My trainers are Wade Hinnant and Randy Hinnant and they help to decide on what the best fight will be for me. We all work together for what’s best for my career. Whether my fight is contracted at six rounds or eight rounds, I will be prepared to go the entire fight.”
For Conquest, boxing is not only job, but it’s a job that he enjoys and takes very serious. Fighting at the Parx Casino will also bring back memories for this hungry and determined Philadelphia fighter. Come fight night, you can expect to see a rising contender, who works hard both inside and outside of the ring, be more than ready to make his mark in his division.
“It feels great to be fighting on the first fight card at the Parx Casino. It’s a sense of nostalgia for me because I actually used to work there. I remember cleaning behind the slot machines and now I am being featured as the co-main event. I’m working on getting my name out there and getting the respect I deserve. On fight night, you’re going to see a different fighter that you’ve seen before.”
“I have an old-school boxing style that fighters are not accustomed to seeing. I punch from odd angles. I have talent and I’m polishing my boxing technique. I’m getting better each day. Sometimes you don’t have to be the most skilled; sometimes it’s about working harder than your opponent. If my opponent wants to bang me out, he’ll run into something real quick during the fight. If my opponent makes a mistake I will take him out.”
ABOUT MARCH 9 – XCITE FIGHT NIGHT
The March 9 card will consist of a minimum of eight fights with the first one beginning at 7:30 p.m. Doors to open at 6:30 p.m. The cards are promoted by Joe Hand Promotions. This event is only for adults age 21 and older. Tickets priced at $50, $75 and $100 are on sale at Joe Hand Promotions (215-364-9000) and also online at www.joehandpromotions.com. You can also purchase tickets from the Hold My Ticket Call Center at (1-877-466-3404) and at www.parxcasino.com.
ABOUT PARX CASINO
Parx Casino® is owned and operated by Greenwood Racing, Inc. Parx Casino® is conveniently located 20 minutes north of center city Philadelphia, I-95 exit 37 or PA Turnpike exit 351 (westbound), exit 352 (eastbound) onto Street Road in Bensalem. Parx features over 200,000 square feet of gaming; over 3,300 slot machines and 133 live table games; over 80 poker tables; live racing & simulcast action; Parxgrill, an upscale signature restaurant; Foodies quick service dining; Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar; 360 bar and live music venue; Jax sports bar; Circle Bar; Bambu Noodle House; Earl of Sandwich®; Xlounge, ultramodern luxury lounge and complimentary parking for over 5,000 cars. The opening of the 1,500 seat live entertainment venue the Xcite Center; Lombardi’s, America’s first Pizzeria; The Liberty Bell Gastropub, farm-to-fork inspired menu; Parx Poker, the brand new poker room moving inside the main casino. For more information on Parx Casino®, visit www.parxcasino.com.
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