“Do I want to lose my eye?”
That’s a question Deion Jumah asked himself. Three years ago he suffered an injury that almost ended his traditional boxing career.
He saw his eyes. There is a way to fix it but it is still very dangerous.
“I came close to losing my eye and this surgery will make you see better but they say, ‘You can’t be hit again, you can’t spar again, or you will lose. eye.’ And I have to get a second and a third opinion on this statement,” said Jumah Sky Sports.
These are questions that he should face. “Is this all worth it? Did I get anything out of this game that was worth losing my eye? The answer at the time was no,” he said.
“I thought: Am I selfish? Why am I doing this? Why? I don’t understand why I’m doing this, it’s just this selfish pursuit of something I’ve wanted for so long. It’s about money. No, is it about fame or recognition? No. It’s something inside.
“What kind of certainty are you? Maybe. So many questions, why do I do this and do I keep doing it? Is it safe for me or the people around me? But here I am. I still do it.”
The project was successful. “If you’re hooked it’s good,” he said. “You wake up the whole time, they have skin in their eyes, you can see everything, you can see different lights, your head is in braces and they open your eyes.
“My eyesight is now better than a normal human eye,” he added. “Your eyeball has a substance in it called vitreous fluid and in some people this fluid starts to run like jelly.
“As you get older it becomes jelly-like. For some people, it happens early, like I did. ‘I took out all the water that dripped and replaced it with salt water so now it doesn’t red at all. .So my eye is really more inseparable than a normal eye that hasn’t been operated on.
He had to fight though just to get his box license back. “Dealing with not being able to fight is harder than dealing with a loss and dealing with a loss is harder,” he said.
“I had to go to an area that I have never been to. Boxing is an area of my determination but I have to go to places that I have never been to before.
“I have been looking for this license for two years.”
Finally he brought her back. Then an opportunity arose that he could not ignore – fighting and riding Richard Riakporhe. “I got this license about two months before I was given the battle of Riakporhe. So you can imagine that I don’t have enough training,” he said.
“I took it to heart, I believed it was a sign,” he laughed.
He acquitted himself well in that contest, and stopped after the eight-round contest against Riakporhe.
“What I’m asking myself is a big question after many years against a great opponent, who has been in and beaten many of the best British fighters. I believe I will win, I did. I believe I can win, I still believe I can beat him now,” said Jumah.
“We’ve been training. I don’t think we’ve really taken our foot off the gas,” he said. “It was a good loss, I know what I have to work on, physically, mentally, everything.
“This is the best thing that has happened to me at such a bad time in my life.”
Jumah intends to fight his way to the top of the group again, hoping for a rematch with Riakporhe. On November 27, he will meet his opponent from London, Mikael Lawal, in a fight in the UK.
The night of the direct battle
Saturday, November 12, 7:00 p.m
“I know it’s not 100% the real Deion [Riakporhe] he fought that night and I think he knows that and I would love that fight again. So this fight with Lawal is very important because when you call for a replay like I will do, I feel like the public needs to see that, then this is what really happened.” said Jumah.
“I’m just hoping to fix my mistakes, do the best I can tonight and see what’s next.”
While a rematch with Riakporhe may not be in the near future, if he wins he could defend his title against fellow Londoner Isaac Chamberlain.
Jumah said “we want a big fight.” “I know Isaac Chamberlain is saying he wants this fight with me. So I’ll take that.
“It’s a good fight and this is the fight I’ve wanted for a long time.”
All of these future hopes depend on defeating Mikael Lawal on November 27th. Jumah is confident.
“I saw in his last fight that he didn’t know what he was doing against a southpaw opponent, obviously, that will affect my advantage in a big way, not only because I’m a southpaw but because of the way It’s inappropriate. I moved,” he said.
This move sees him brought in as a friend of Anthony Joshua when the then heavyweight champion is preparing for his first fight with Oleksandr Usyk.
“It’s all very conditional. I think they like my movement compared to Usyk’s plans,” he said. “I haven’t been around them since the GB days, so let’s get back on track.”
Jumah was a big fan but she had a long and scary journey to reach this battle of Britain.
“I fought,” he said, “to get these positions, from the time of my lover, I became the ABA champion twice. I fought to win the Southern Region, I won this shot, I fought for England. title, I fought the British title eliminator, good opponents by the way, so I’m fighting Sam Hyde in the British title eliminator, in Manchester, to get these opportunities.
“Although Lawal has the right to think that he deserves these things for no reason, it is a shame but he will get what he deserves.
“Maybe he’s banking on his punching power but I’m going to show him there’s more to it than that.”