Amputee boxer Jesse Vosseler turns professional

Amputee boxer Jesse Vosseler turns professional

Nothing holding him back. Vosseler has turned hardship into motivation. Looking sharp…Jesse hits the pads under the watchful eye of his trainer.
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Vosseler had aimed for the Olympics in his youth.

Despite losing his leg to cancer at 16, Brisbane boxer Jesse Vosseler rolled with the punches and has now joined the ranks of Australia’s professional boxing elite.

Vosseler turned professional after defeating competitor Jesse Saavedra at Ipswich’s Big Fight Night competition at the Grand Hotel in Yamanto on November 19.

Becoming professional has proven a long road, after having his leg amputated from the knee down as a result of a cancerous tumour.

Pursuing boxing for “personal strength” at 18, Vosseler eventually grew strong enough to jump in the ring seriously at 24.

And despite admitting he never thought he’d get this far, he has shown no signs of slowing down.

“When I first got back in the ring, I just wanted to get in once and fight and I wanted to prove to myself I could still do it,” he says.

“Now, I’ve had over 20 fights back in the ring and still going.”

The amputation put “a big dint” in Vosseler’s confidence, a passionate pugilist who grew up with Olympic ambitions.

While acknowledging he could have gone “a lot further” with the sport, Jesse is proud of all he has achieved during his comeback.

“I’ve still managed to accomplish some good heights even though I’ve lost my leg and I overcome it to fight for an Australian title in the Australian Amateurs and turn professional,” he says.

For Jesse, boxing is an outlet that alleviates him from his disability. He cites a pure “love of boxing” as the key driver that motivates him to get back in the ring.

“When I’m boxing I don’t feel like I am disabled in there. I feel like a fighter, a warrior. When I’m in there boxing I forget all about my leg. It’s a different world for me, that’s what I love about it,” says Vosseler.

He credits fitness and a healthy lifestyle for helping to re-build his confidence and self esteem during his recovery.

“Even if it isn’t a sport, if your just getting fit again and going to the gym or something like that just to build your confidence up…If you’re fit and healthy even after a loss of limb it’s amazing for your confidence and how you feel about yourself,” he says.

Sean Reynolds, Manager and head trainer at Tuff Technique Boxing and Fitness at Chermside believes Jesse is a “huge influence and inspiration to people and a lot of kids” because of his persistence and dedication to the sport.

Reynolds foresees a prosperous future ahead for the up-and-coming lightweight.

“I’d rate him as a kid who will go very far in boxing,”

Mr Reynolds described Vosselor’s boxing year as “gruelling”, winning 10 fights and wrapping up the year by turning professional.

After taking it easy leading up to Christmas, Reynolds foresees Vesselor stepping back into the ring in March next year.

“He’s a brilliant boxer and yes I’d say people will look out for him because he’s going to go places.”