17-0 Shimmell returns to the ring Friday

Jordan Shimmel. (Dec. 8, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Hudsonville native Jordan Shimmell will return to the ring Friday, aiming for a break that could earn him a televised fight.

The former Golden Gloves Amateur National Champion turned United States Boxing Organization Cruiserweight Champion will put his perfect professional record on the line against fellow power puncher Phil “The Drill” Williams.

Shimmell is 17-0 with 14 knockouts since he went pro in June of 2012.

He has reached the number of fights that he and his manager, trainer and father Dennis Shimmell believe he needs to get to the next level.

“I’m kind of right where I expected to be or hoped to be and just staying busy, and winning these fights is a big thing,” Jordan Shimmell told 24 Hour News 8.

“He’s moving up, step by step, and it is a process. I think Jordan has done very well. He’s world-ranked,” Dennis Shimmell said.

And he’s ranked pretty well — between 16th and 25th in the world.

“I’m waiting patiently, and performing and I think peaking and at the right time and showing my skills at the right time, and doing all that is getting me a little bit closer after each fight,” Jordan Shimmell said.

Working with adviser Al Haymon, the Shimmells hope another victory will get them not only a televised bout with a higher-ranked opponent, but also a shot at the top 10 and eventually more.

“I’ve got to keep winning and performing well and show the fans, the promoters, everybody that I’m ready for the bigger picture, the bigger fights,” Jordan Shimmell said.

“We’re taking the right steps,” his father and trainer said. “I’m hoping that this victory will set him up for a TV fight in early 2015. And maybe this time early next year, he’s fighting for a world title.”

Shimmell will meet Williams in the ring Friday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

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