UNSUNG HERO OF THE MONTH – JOE BEEDEN
He cuts hair for his other job. The one job that gets him in this column involves more than helping people avoid a bad hair day. It involves him helping fighters avoid several bad days all round, at their office – the square ring.
Hailing from Swindon, Joe Beeden has been yet another reliable journeyman fighting on the circuit. His current record of 77 fights, 2 wins and a draw, leaves 72 defeats or learning curves that the likes of Monty Ogilvie, Stephen Tiffney and Reece Belotti have been through at the fists of Busy Bee Beeden.
Stopping Southport’s very own Mike Robinson in 2014 may have been his first professional victory but Beeden has always had winning in his mentality. Winning the fight in the 3rd round was something that whetted his appetite for much more. “It was a great, great experience especially knocking him down.” He remarked to the local press afterwards. You see, Beeden was not taking on any old journeyman, Robinson had fought for the English title and had been in the ring for one of the Prizefighter Matchroom tourneys; it was a distinguished scalp for Beeden to take.
It was however a brief flirtation with what could have been, possibly fuelled by the desire of a local reporter to have a worthy enough local news “story” however the fact was that Joe Beeden was already one of the country’s best known professional journeyman in the business.
Beeden began his career in the ring with another journeyman, Sid Razak. It was a fight that ought to have gone Beeden’s way: it didn’t. Kazak, at the time had lost 103 fights and that night was destined not to lose number 104.
It wasn’t long before Beeden was being asked to come out and play twice a month in the professional ranks and that was far more profitable than trying to resurrect a career that was gathering losses like confetti at a wedding.
His 10th fight was that Robinson encounter and afterwards Robinson was to retire; Beeden probably had the British Boxing Board of Control off his back for a while. The Board tend to get antes when a fighter suffers a stoppage or knockdown.
The professional danger of getting stopped – you end up suspended by the Board for a period of time thereafter – came a knocking two years after turning pro when he fought dangerous prospect, Zelfa Barret in Barrett’s 15th fight.
Beeden was knocked out in the first round.
Being stopped is not a good habit for a journeyman and it is not on that Beeden got into. In his 77 professional career fights he has been stopped on only 4 occasions.
Beeden, though does not just depend upon boxing for his cash. A trained hairdresser he runs his own business and supplements his earnings from boxing. He has already got a few bookings in the diary for 2020 with an appearance due in February in Belfast against Ruairi Dalton and then in March in against Joe Underwood Hughes in Nottingham. Small hall fare, perhaps but big opportunities for both young lads – who have 3 pro fights between them – to learn from a true master.