© — Photo by Cyril Dyke
Jordan Froude of Grand Falls-Windsor works the heavy bag in his backyard shed. The 16-year-old has always been a fan of boxing, but it wasn’t until last year that he started to take the sport seriously. In the months since, he’s lost 85 pounds in training as he works towards his first amateur bout.
Jordan Froude drops close to 100 pounds as he trains to become amateur boxer
For as long as he can remember, Jordan Froude has wanted to be a boxer.
But for a 16-year-old, who weighed over 300 pounds and without a boxing club anywhere near his hometown, the chances of the young man getting into the ring were, well, slim.
A native of Grand Falls-Windsor, Froude was four- or five-years-old when he got his first pair of boxing gloves. He got a little more into the sport a couple of years later.
“I’ve always loved boxing,” said Froude. “When I was young, my pop used to have two pairs of boxing gloves and we used to fool around. He got me my own set when I was seven, along with a punching bag.”
But it wasn’t until last year that he decided boxing was something he wanted to seriously take up.
The problem is there isn’t a boxing club in his town and, sooner or later, a boxer needs a bout. He needs it to test himself and to take it to the next level.
The Grade 11 Exploits Valley High student doesn’t even have a sparring partner at this point, but he was determined enough to find a club somewhere in the province with which to communicate.
He found some information online concerning the TRC Boxing Club in St. John’s, and contacted the club’s president, Hank Summers, via e-mail.
He said Summers got back to him, and was very helpful.
“He took it from there,” said Froude. “He sent me all the information I needed to know, along with an application form and information on the medical I needed to take. I got that done and I signed up.”
For the longest time, Froude worked out on a heavy bag hanging from his door frame. Recently, he moved his boxing equipment to the backyard shed where he works out on a regular basis. After showing how serious he was about training, his father, Cyril Dyke, purchased him a bunch of new gear.
He’s so determined to box, Froude has lost 85 pounds in less than a year off his six-foot-three frame.
He said he didn’t take up boxing to lose weight, “that just happened because of it.”
“The weight was kind of something I was always thinking about,” he said. “Diet never worked for me. I was always fairly active and played some sports, like hockey.
“But,” he says, “when I got into boxing, it just seemed that I should pick up the boxing lifestyle, and I lost the weight naturally through the workouts.”
Froude gained a little weight during the summer as he put on some muscle, but he’s down to 250 pounds.
His doctor has told him that he’s at a “good weight” right now, but he believes he can get drop another 10 to 20 pounds if he had an upcoming bout.
TRC club coach Kevin Greeley, whose work often takes him across the province, has been to see Froude and help with his workouts.
Froude has also visited the St. John’s club to get a chance to spar, impressing Summers with his determination and willingness to work hard to reach a goal.
“Losing that amount of weight is an awesome feat that took a great deal of dedication for a young kid,” Summers said.
“He’s told me it’s been life changing for him,” added Summers.
But Froude has another, more important, incentive to get into the ring for his first fight.
His uncle, Paul Power, is in hospital fighting lung cancer, and Froude visits him every day.
“He’s always been the guy who has been my inspiration,” says the boxer. “Every time he sees me he says ‘That’s my boxer, right there,’ and he puts his fists up.”
Froude said his uncle wants desperately to see him in the ring for the first time.
“That’s why I’m trying to get a bout before he gets in real bad shape.”