Date of Birth: 8/5/94
Record: 9-3 (2 KO)
Weight: Light: Heavyweight
Jake ‘The Spartan’ Barton has fallen short in fights that really mattered, but will always be a winner in the eye of fans. He challenged Ellison for the vacant Central Area Light-Heavyweight title in July 2022 and after a bright start, his more seasoned opponent assumed control forcing a sixth round stoppage.
His first appearance in 2023 was small hall classic when he met fellow prospects Leon Willings in a Central Area Light-Heavyweight title eliminator.
Unfortunately Jake was knocked out after 56 seconds of round three by a left hook that landed as Barton threw his own shot.
The action was breathtaking. Barton touched down in round two and was given a count, and dropped Willings as the bell rang to end the session, but the ref ruled a slip. He bounced back with a points with over Ryan Labourn over four rounds, dropping his opponent at the end of round two.
The rematch with Willings for the vacant Area title was one to remember going the full ten rounds before his rivals hand was raised. Few fighters on VIP cards have ever shown the heart Barton did. He was twice dropped heavily in round for and again in round eight, but still won many rounds. It can be argued the knockdowns
cost him a result.
Despite the losses Barton has excited since turning professional in October 2018 when he defeated Curtis Gargano. Later that year and in 2019 he came through on points against Callum Ide, Andy Bishop and Nathan Junor.
He’s one of the few VIP fighters who got a chance during the pandemic. That was in September 2020 when he hammered 7-0 Olly Newham in two rounds. And just before lockdown was eased further he squeezed in a July 2021 trip to Kovin, Serbia and stopped Vanjo Dumitrov inside two rounds.
In November 2021, Jake made his first British appearance in 14 months. Despite being dropped min round one he overcame that shaky start and outpointed later French sub Cherif Benchadi. Before switching to boxing, Barton was WBC Muay Thai Champion and ISKA Intercontinental K1 Rules Champion.