BOXING: New professional Eli tipped for the top

Making a good fist of it: John Sutton (left) is predicting great things for Eli Frankham (right) after he joined the professional ranks with Tania Follett. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG140612-10MD
Making a good fist of it: John Sutton (left) is predicting great things for Eli Frankham (right) after he joined the professional ranks with Tania Follett. Photo (MIKE DAVISON): SG140612-10MD

TALENTED South Holland Boxing Academy ace Eli Frankham is being primed for a world title fight within four years after turning professional.

Frankham has been signed up by well-regarded Tania Follett, who has a wealth of experience in the boxing industry and is renowned for being a ruthless, no-nonsense manager.

With Follett fronting up the team, Frankham will be coached by South Holland’s top man John Sutton and highly-regarded trainers Don Davis and Matt Paice.

Credited with an overall record of 27 wins and five losses, respected South Holland coach Sutton reckons the former Wisbech ABA fighter has a massive future.

“Eli came to me in the winter of 2011, expressing the need for change after falling out of love with his past set-up,” said Sutton, who was the driving force behind setting up South Holland Boxing Academy in Holbeach. “Although great credit has to go to his former club Wisbech, Eli felt that the best way to move on was with me – and I am truly flattered to train such an accommodating, talented young man.

“I have a bit of experience in the professional game and was trained by a great man called Geoff Wainwright.

“We now have a long journey to make. Turning pro is exciting, but the hard work now begins for both of us.

“With regular training and coaching from the legend Don Davis, a trainer of two previous world champions, and conditioning from Matt Paice, the aim is to take Eli to the world title in four years.

“I have worked with this team before and I believe they best suit our needs.”

The 19-year-old already has impeccable pedigree. He was Golden Gloves champion in 2006/2007, won a European gold medal in September 2007 and was twice junior ABA champion in 2009 and 2010.

Also known as “Too Fast”, Frankham boxed – and won – for England at the well-regarded Hvidovre Cup in Denmark.

Recent sparring sessions with former WBU heavyweight champion Matt Skelton and Julius Francis – who once shared the ring with the ferocious ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson – have raised Frankham’s profile in recent weeks.

But Sutton is keen to secure additional sponsorship for his man, as he bids to pull out all the stops to tap into every ounce of the heavyweight’s talent.

For more information on how anybody can contribute to the career of a boxer Sutton describes as “polite and exceptionally well-mannered” call him on 07840 125407.

Alternatively, get in touch with commercial manager Geoff Rylott on 07788 745474.