12 Rounds in the ring with Jake "High Tower" Haigh talking
Boxing, Hatton Gym and life outside the ring.
Name: Jake “High Tower” Haigh
Skill: Professional Boxer (Division: Super Middleweight)
Instagram / Facebook / Twitter: @jakehaigh
// Photographer: @ryanmichaelphotgraphy / www.ryanmichaelphotography.com //
"I was four weeks out from fight night until the Coronavirus Lockdown. I would love to win a British Title and then go from there."
After signing a professional contract in 2016 with Hatton Boxing and having gone on to have 11-0 with 3 wins by KO, everything was on the way up for the 'High Tower' from Macclesfield.
However, at the start of 2019, Jake had his first major setback of his boxing career. Jake had two operations due to arthritis in his wrists after struggling through the pain for over a year. He had five cortisone injections up to that point to deal with the pain, but it became unbearable. To make things worse, Jake then had to have another operation on damage tendons over his knuckles.
With no guaranteed income and a long period out of the ring guaranteed, Jake had to find alternative options to keep going whilst being out of action.
Jake is looking for his next fight and with life thriving outside the ring too, he is raring to step back in between the four ropes. With Ricky Hatton in the corner, he has everything he needs to push on to the next levels.
Measured Modesty caught up with 'High Tower' to talk about the progress before the injury setback, what the setback meant in and outside the ring and the overall future after the Coronavirus lockdown.
12 Rounds Inside The Ring
Round 1: When did you first start boxing?
I originally started with Karate. I then decided I wanted to improve my punching and this led to boxing, since then it has gone from there.
Round 2: Have your family and friends always been supportive on your passion for boxing?
Massively, my family have always taken me to training and boxing fights since I ever started. My family and friends are very supportive and even more so, since turning professional.
Round 3: How have your setbacks affected you?
100% they held me back for my overall performance and ability. I had 3 KO's in my first 5 fights and injured my wrist in the 6th fight. I didn't stop anyone after that...
Now I am back, injury free and I can't wait to let my power shots go again!
Round 4: How did it come about signing professionally for Hatton Boxing?
I had graduated from University and I was looking for a job. I ended up sparring down in Hatton Gym on a trial, then I got offered a contract from those sessions.
Round 5: What is Ricky like (behind closed doors)?
Rick is a great person to have with you in the gym. He has been through it all and knows exactly what it takes, he knows what we're going through in the camp wile training and dieting. A very motivational person to be training with and fighting for. Outside the gym - he is one of the lads!
Round 6: What is a 'normal' training camp building up to a fight?
If possible, a 12-week camp is ideal. Lots of training, running, sparring and dieting - the dieting is the hardest part, but it has to be done. Sleep is very important and having to prioritise boxing over social events can be difficult.
Round 7: What is your routine on fight night?
The day is simply about rest and nutrition and this is the fuel I need for the fight. All the prep has been done before fight night, just turn up and do the job.
Round 8: What are you hoping to achieve in the ring?
I would love to win a British Title. Then go from there...
Round 9: Hottest prospect in Hatton boxing right now?
Bradley Rea / Middleweight / 9-0
He is a great prospect and one to look out for.
Round 10: Any tips or guidance for young up and coming boxers?
Stay focused and enjoy training!
Round 11: Next big fight predictions...
Canelo or BJS? Canelo! I think he is one of or the best pound for pound right now. Billy Joe is a great boxer and it's an exciting fight.
Fury or AJ? Fury! With the right game plan, he will dominate the fight.
Dubois or Joyce? Dubois! He is too strong and I believe he is going to a massive problem in the division.
12: The final round! Plans for your next fight?
I was four weeks out from a fight when the Coronavirus lockdown occurred! The next fight is as soon as physically possible!
Life Outside The Ring
How did you fill the gaps when being injured out the ring?While being injured, I had around three months without being able to train or work. After this, I focused on doing Personal Training as soon as I could. I earn more money from Personal Training, but I still have the desire to box. Hopefully I will be boxing for titles after lockdown and see where it takes me.
What are your plans for the next 3 years outside the ring?
Keep progressing as a PT. (If you are interesting in any PT'ing by the 'High Tower' you can contact him via his instagram - @jakehaigh.)
With age on his side and his injury woes now resolved, he is now fitter and stronger than ever. In better condition both mentally and physically and with the addition of a busy schedule in and outside the ring, we believe he is now back on track to reach his full boxing potential.
After being out the ring, he now has the appetite to make up for this lost time. With the addition of prime conditioning in and outside the ring and 'The Hitman' in the corner, we believe his 'W' column will only grow. Jake is the winner on our card!
Don't forget you can follow fight news for Jake which will be posted on our social media outlets - keep an eye out!
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// Measured Modesty would like to thank the Hitman and Hatton Boxing for providing us access to shoot in the Hatton Boxing Gym. Also of course, the man himself, Jake 'High Tower' Haigh, for taking time out of camp. //