Boxer Jake Best is still aiming to bring a title home to Bournemouth but believes he must get back to winning ways in his next fight or his career could be over.
Best, 32, suffered a setback last month when he lost a hometown fight to Paul Cummings, a bout he was widely expected to win.
However, the middleweight believes his mentality was largely to blame for the surprise loss. He said: “I didn’t get in the right mind set. Not so much relaxing off him physically as I still put the effort in but just mentally on the day I didn’t seem to get that up for it.
“I expected it to be a huge setback in my career but luckily through the loyal supporters I’ve got and the backing within Bournemouth and Poole, it doesn’t seem to have affected the actual following at all.”
Despite relishing fighting in front of home town fans, Jake believes he fights better away from Bournemouth.
Best has made some significant changes to his career this week, which includes parting with long time trainer and former English champion Steve Bendall to instead train at Mackenzie’s Gym. The fighter has also signed a full management deal with Assassin Promotions.
Despite having only had six professional fights, Best believes that his next bout could be his last should he fail to win convincingly.
Today it will be the most important of my career, purely to show my position within the professional field.”
“I feel personally I’ve got to win either way but I need to win it impressively to continue within the pro rankings.”
Even though the Poole based fighter believes his next fight to be the most important yet, he is yet to find an opponent.
Best is also currently battling a shoulder injury and is in no rush to return to action in fear of re-injuring himself.
“We’ve had to take a step back on me throwing punches and concentrate more on head movement, footwork and ring awareness.
“I’m seeing a physio twice a week and I’m having acupuncture. I’ve always tended to heal relatively quickly but I’m taking this injury a lot more seriously than the last one because this could potentially be my last chance.”
Best, who also joint owns Poole based company Clearwater, was scheduled to fight last weekend in a world title undercard fight in Belfast, only for the bout to be cancelled due to his opponent being knocked out in his last fight.
Though the 32-year-old believes this to be a sign of the increasing opportunities available to him after signing to be managed and promoted by Assassin.
Jake Best has certainly come a long way from his unlicensed boxing background but is under no illusions that his next fight will make or break his professional boxing career.
Though the fighter knows he can take motivation from current British champions such as Anthony Joshua and James DeGale in order to achieve his own goals in the sport.