‘My ex-Chelsea participant dad informed me I would not make it – now I’m Muay Thai phenom’

Jake Peacock at all times knew he’d be an expert fighter – regardless of coming from a footballing household.

The 30-year-old is set to make his debut for ONE Championship on Friday (April 5) at ONE Friday Fights 58 in Thailand towards Kohei Shinjo in bantamweight Muay Thai conflict. It’s been a very long time coming for the Englishman who was born with out his proper hand as he is defied the percentages to achieve the head of his sport.

Spending the primary 15 years of his life in his native England, Peacock – the son of ex-Chelsea midfielder Gavin Peacock – made the transfer to Canada in 2008 as his father determined to take a three-year masters course in divinity at Ambrose Seminary as a way to change into a pastor.

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Having beforehand reigned because the Canadian welterweight and North American tremendous welterweight champion, Peacock (12-1) is about to make his debut on the grand stage of fight sports activities as he opened up about his unorthodox fashion on account of having one hand in an unique interview with Daily Star Sport.

“I have to think outside the box [as] I can’t do conventional combinations,” he stated. “So I really do have to be tricky [and] work with my range in my distance and timing. Everything’s slightly different when it comes to my style”.

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Jake Peacock in action
The 12-1 fighter was born with out his proper hand

Peacock beforehand opened up in regards to the bullying he had confronted and the numerous individuals who’d cease and stare at him on the road as he revealed how troublesome it was to cease caring what individuals thought of him.

“Man, it took a while,” he admitted. And after I was a baby, it was laborious to cope with, even into my teen years. It’s very irritating. But that each one modified after I turned a Christian [at] like 18, 19 years previous. I knew that my id wasn’t how I seemed. It was with God. And that modified all the things to me”.

Jake and Gavin Peacock
His father Gavin Peacock performed for the likes of Chelsea, Newcastle and Bournemouth

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Despite being the son of an ex-Premier League midfielder, Peacock admitted that his dad – who performed for the likes of Chelsea, Newcastle, and Bournemouth – was brutally trustworthy about his probabilities of turning into a second-generation footballer.

“I played [football] but my my dad kept it real with me, he said I wouldn’t make it pro, and, I wouldn’t have it any other way,” he revealed. “My dad just shot straight, and, I still played Sunday League and for my school, but, I knew that I was never good enough, but I was always encouraged to pursue combat sports because I did gravitate towards it and I was doing well in it.

The father-of-two shares the same Christian faith as his dad as he opened up about how becoming religious changed his life for the better.

Gavin Peacock
Jake was informed by his father that he wasn’t adequate to make it in soccer

“[It] changed the trajectory of my life completely, not only did [it] change my values and my morals and how I conduct myself, [it] changed my outlook on life and even so much as my career, you know, I became a better fighter because of my trust and faith in God.

“Now, I wasn’t, , combating for myself. I used to be combating for a much bigger objective. And that objective could be to glorify God, and let him used me to encourage different individuals as nicely.”