Dewsbury's professional wrestler is busy living his dream

A wrestler from Dewsbury quickly making his way on the professional scene has spoken about his whirlwind route to the top rope.

Thursday, 12th July 2018, 5:38 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:12 pm
Pic credit: Jamie Spaul

Amir Jordan travels the country performing to audiences of thousands. Having given up a career in the international banking industry to follow his dream of performing in the ring, the former high-flyer went to a six-month training camp in Canada.

And now four years on, the 28-year-old says he is living the dream and has absolutely no regrets.

“It was something I always wanted to try, it was always in my mind,” he said, “but it’s obviously not a regular career path.

Dewsbury's Amir Jordan has risen to the top of the UK wrestling scene.

“I was sat there at 24, in the job I was in, living in London, having lived in New York with all this life experience, but I just couldn’t see myself doing it for 20 or 25 years. I didn’t want to get to the age of 50 with any regrets, so I went for it.”

Amir moved to Calgary in Canada, telling his family he had gone there in a banking role. The son of a doctor and a linguist, he said it took them a while to accept his dream.

“I moved to Dewsbury from Pakistan when I was four,” he said, “my family is a very traditional Pakistani family and expect a conventional route through life; school, college, university, job, house, marriage, kids.

“Their response to what I wanted to do was pretty reserved at first. It was a risk and they were concerned that I hadn’t made the right decision.

“But as time has gone on my family have been a lot more accepting, seeing how much I enjoy doing what I do, certainly my brother and sister, they came around to it and then encouraged me to pursue it.”

Amir’s passion for wrestling was sparked at a young age as he would often settle down to watch WWF videos with his grandfather.

“Moving to a different country at such a young age, having to learn the language and so on, it was tough for a little kid.

“Wrestling became my go-to, it was my own little thing that I had, watching those VHS tapes over and over again.

“Now, performing in front of all those people, hearing the announcer say ‘from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire; Amir Jordan’, it makes me so proud. That’s one of the real thrills of doing what I do.”

Main photo courtesy of Jamie Spaul - @jamiespaulphoto