News May 2013

Argenis Mendez back in the UK

by @gibbosboxing

30.05.13


Fresh off the back of his stunning KO victory to capture the IBF World Super Featherweight title, Argenis Mendez is back in the UK to prepare for his first title defense on the 12th July against an as of yet un-named opponent.

Mendez flew back into the UK to team up with his trainer Lee Beard and stable mates Matthew Hatton, Jack Catterall and Adrian Gonzalez at the Metro Fitness Gym in Stockport, owned by Ray Hatton father to Matthew and Ricky.



On his last visit, Argenis sparred with some of the finest boxers in the UK with the likes of Scott Quigg, Kid Galahad, Anthony Crolla, Jazza Dickens, Tyrone Nurse and Stephen Smith all sharing a ring with the IBF champ.

Argenis has picked up where he left off, getting straight back to business in this camp sparring Great Britain Olympian Thomas Stalker who is now 3-0 as a professional. After sparring with Argenis, Stalker told Livefight.com "It was great sparring with Argenis he is a world class fighter at the elite level and I've learned a lot from the experience"

Whilst he is not a huge name across the world at this stage, the man from the Dominican is up at the very top level when it comes to ability and he is keen to prove it and will take on any challenge thrown down to him. Speaking to livefight.com Mendez stated "I am very proud to be a world champion and I want to test myself against the very best in the division, the likes of Gamboa and Uchiyama are both fighters that I am confident I would beat if the fights can be made. I am big for the weight so if I cannot get the big fights at 130lb then I am more than happy to move to 135lb and fight the likes of Adrian Broner or Ricky Burns, both Broner and Burns have been on my radar for a while and I hope in the future I get my chance against either one of them."

More interviews and photos to follow in the coming weeks.

To see the stunning ko that won the title for ArgenisCLICK HERE

Mayweather Vs Canelo heading to the MGM 14 September

by @gibbosboxing

30.05.2013

A Small tweet creates a massive reaction.

Floyd Mayweather through the below tweet made the announcement that he will face Saul Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand and with that one small tweet the boxing world set about tweeting,

"I chose my opponent for September 14th and it's Canelo Alvarez. I'm giving the fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand."

Anthony Ogogo ‏@AnthonyOgogo 2h

"It's going to be for all the belts, all the marbles, and it's going to be for the pound-for-pound."Richard Schaefer.

Excited already!"

James Degale @jamesdegale1

"Wowza Mayweather v Alvarez is on!!! Money man all day.... #TMT"

Ricky Hatton MBE ‏@HitmanHatton

"mayweather vs Alvarez.What a fight,i think floyd will box a similar fight to the one he did against Oscar & I think will ultimately be to fast & elusive,but with Alvarez youth & size it will make it difficult & definitely interesting but I don't feel it'll be quite enough. #p4p"

Tony Bellew ‏@TonyBellew

"So it's signed, Mayweather V Alvarez! This is too soon for Canelo. I can't see past Mayweather in this fight, too quick an too accurate.P4P"

RealJoeCalzaghe ‏@RealJoeCalzaghe

"Great to see Mayweather v Alvarez has been made! Time for another trip to Vegas i think! September 14th!"

Lou DiBella ‏@loudibella 1h

"@FloydMayweather schools him and may not get hit in the ass. Still,@caneloOficial poses a threat with youth and size. I'll buy @SHOsports!!"

Matthew Hatton ‏@MagicMattHatton 2h

"Woke up to the news Alvarez vs mayweather been made for sep. what a night that will be great for boxing! #topgunvsyounggun"

Leonard Ellerbe ‏@LEllerbe 3h

"He fought 3 weeks ago and now biggest fight in boxing made against a young hungry undefeated champion. Fans see who was full of shiza"

anthony crolla ‏@ant_crolla 3h

"Not sure if I can get back to sleep tho after the news that @FloydMayweather is fighting Alvarez on September 14th. #hugefight #TMT"

curtis woodhouse ‏@woodhousecurtis 1h

"Mayweather wool beat alverez as easy as he beat the rest, alverez is good, mayweather is great #boxing"

Eddie Hearns ‏@EddieHearns 2h

"Disgraceful to see @FloydMayweather ducking a fight with @ScottyCardle. He should be stripped of titles."

Dave Coldwell ‏@davidcoldwell 2h

"Wow. @FloydMayweather v @caneloOficial sept 14!
Now that's a great match up. Gotta go wit Floyd, Alvarez not quite ready yet IMO."

Steve Lillis ‏@stevelillis 1h

"Showtime can't lose money on back-to-back Mayweather ppv fights. That might be one reason for Mayweather-Canelo happening so soon."

Richard Poxon ‏@HPMatchMan 1h

"Mayweather........ All day, EVERY day........ #boxingheads"

Kugan Cassius iFILM ‏@KuganCassius 1h

"I have just woke up. Am i dreaming or is @FloydMayweather v @CaneloOfficial really happening"

James Helder iFILM ‏@JamesHelder_ 1h

"@FloydMayweather v @CaneloOfficial absolutely Massive !! NO accusations hand picking for this one . #Boxing"

Joe Gallagher talks about Stephen Smith's Return To Action

29.05.13

By @John_Evans79

Stephen Smith is back. The former British and Commonwealth featherweight champion is set to return from a year long lay off and, this time around, seemingly has his mind set on making an impact in the super featherweight division.



“The main thing for Stephen is to get out and fight,” Smith’s trainer Joe Gallagher told Livefight. “He hasn’t fought in nearly a year. He’s had three fights since Lee Selby and in September it’ll have been two years since that fight. He needs to get himself out, get himself a fight and get going.

“Once Stephen has one fight, we can let him go.”

Class is permanent and 27 year old Smith, 15-1 (8), remains an extremely talented fighter but he has been out of sight and, subsequently, out of mind for far too long. Finally, a path back into title contention has opened up and ‘Swifty’ has been matched with English super featherweight champion Gary Sykes, 24-3 (5), in an eliminator for Gary Buckland’s British title.

“He [Sykes] has been kept busy recently,” Gallagher said of Sykes. “He’s had a couple of good wins – over John Kays and Kevin Hooper – and now has this eliminator with Stephen. I really do need Stephen to have a fight before Gary Sykes though. Sykes has been busy and he’s been doing the distance in fights and getting championship rounds in. Stephen is getting neither of those things at the moment and that’s what we need.



“Stephen and Gary have sparred before. It’ll be a belter of a fight and both kids are former quality amateurs.”

Smith’s star has fallen since he had his British featherweight belt unceremoniously ripped away from him by the then underrated Lee Selby. Given Selby’s sensational run of form since that night in September 2011, maybe Stephen Smith should be held up as the perfect example of why far too much is read into a fighter losing their unbeaten record.

Understandably, Smith’s immediate reaction to the defeat was to instantly call for the opportunity to put the record straight with the Welshman. However, it wasn’t until fairly recently that the idea was seriously proposed.

“I know Stephen was offered the Lee Selby fight recently – as was Joe Murray – but Stephen hasn’t made featherweight for two years. There was no way in the world Stephen was gonna go in with Selby without a warm up fight and at nine stone.”

Murray has recently teamed up with Failsworth’s Anthony Farnell and shook off the ring rust accumulated during his own 14 month lay off with an eight round decision over Dai Davies last month. Should Murray and Selby meet, Gallagher sees his former student as a legitimate threat to the British and Commonwealth champion.



“I see Joe Murray called out Lee Selby after his last fight and I think Joe would give Selby problems with his height and reach,” he says. “Joe always wanted to fight Selby. It was just a case of Joe waiting his time and getting his man strength. He’s had a warm up fight under Anthony Farnell and called out Selby afterwards. I think Joe Murray would give Lee Selby a good fight.”


Read Joe’s thought’s on Liam Smith’s upcoming fight with Erick Ochieng for the British light middleweight title here – http://www.livefight.com/news.php?news_id=2836&y=2013&m=05


Joe also spoke to us about Paul Smith’s make or break rematch with Tony Dodson - http://www.livefight.com/news.php?news_id=2843&y=2013&m=05

DeGale, Eubank Jr, Galahad & Hughie Fury return 06/08

29.05.13

by @livefight

London (29 May) Mick Hennessy has announced today that he will be promoting a night of championship boxing at Glow, Bluewater, on Saturday 8th June.

Headlining the event will be the 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist James DeGale MBE, defending his WBC Silver super-middleweight title against Croatian fighter Stjepan Bozic.

“I’m excited to be boxing at Glow again, it was a tremendous atmosphere for my last fight and it’s a great venue to headline at,” DeGale said.

“This year is going to be a big year for me, I’m looking to be the first ever British Olympic Gold Medallist who goes on and wins a professional world title and I just want to show my fans and especially the British fight fans what I'm made of."

This will be James’s second fight of 2013, announced just 12 days after demolishing Sebastien Demers on his North American debut.

DeGale was originally scheduled to defend his title against Alexander Brand at Glow, Bluewater, in March and now faces Bozic at the same venue - live on Channel 5 in the UK.

The Slovenian-born Croatian has shared the ring against former middle and super-middleweight world champion Arthur Abraham, losing the contest due to a badly injured left hand from hitting Abraham's right elbow in the second-round.

He has also fought for the WBA World super-middleweight title against Dimitri Sartison, only to be stopped on the advice of the ring doctor for a badly swollen left eye.

He is a former WBA Inter-Continental champion and boasts 26 wins with 17 knockouts and has won his last two contests by way of knockout.

But, the man known as 'Chunky' has vowed to make 2013 his year, after dominating former IBO super-middleweight champion Fulgencio Zuniga in Hull back in December - now after a second-round knockout of Demers and the June 8th fight on the horizon, James is building momentum towards a world title opportunity and isn't taking anyone lightly.

"I'm not overlooking anyone, whoever gets put in front of me I'm training for like it was a world title fight," DeGale said.

"I know that there are big names out there, but the first thing I have to do is take care of Stjepan Bozic on June 8th.

"I'm the WBC Silver champion and ranked highly with the world governing bodies, I'm aiming to put on a great show at Glow, Bluewater and if either Froch or Groves feel ready for a domestic super fight I hope they realise that I'm ready for them too - let's get it on."

Supporting James at Glow will be WBC International super-bantamweight champion Kid Galahad, son of the legend, middleweight sensation Chris Eubank Jr in his 10th professional fight and current World Youth Super-heavyweight champion Hughie Fury in his fifth professional contest.

The undercard will also feature Sammy Cantwell from Bexleyheath, Peter McDonagh from Bermondsey, Dani Davis of Croydon and Eli Green from Guildford.

Burnett set for Belfast return

29.05.13

by @livefight

Irish bantamweight prospect Ryan Burnett will box in his home city of Belfast for the first time as a professional on June 28.

Burnett, 21, got off to a perfect start as a pro last Friday when he blasted Hungary's Laszlo Nemesapati Jr in just 74 seconds.

Promoter and trainer Ricky Hatton is keen to keep the young puncher active and has arranged for him to appear on a show promoted in association with Jane Wilton's Belfast Boxing Promotions at the Holiday Inn.

"It's great to have a date in Belfast," Ryan said. "Like every boxer, I've always wanted to fight in front of my own people and now I've got the chance.

"I'll be more nervous this time than I was on my debut last week because it's in my home town and they'll be a lot bigger crowd, but I'm looking forward to it.

"A lot of my friends and family will be there and I can't wait for it."

Burnett barely broke sweat when halting Nemesapati Jr with hurtful body shots last week, but already he feels he's tailor made for a successful career in the paid side of the sport.

"It's early days but I'm loving being a pro," he said. "It's a slower pace than the amateurs and you don't have to try chase points back when you take a shot so you can think about your punches more.

"I had a very good amateur career, but I think I'm going to adapt to the pro game a lot better."

Boxers unite for troops in aftermath of Woolwich tragedy

29.05.13

by @livefight

The horrendous attack against a serving soldier in Woolwich last week, which culminated the death of drummer Lee Rigby, shocked the nation to the core. The aftermath of this most senseless of killings has led to an outpouring of support for the brave souls, who in the line of duty put their life in danger to protect us and our country on a daily basis.

Whilst some of those less enlightened have focused on revenge, by mounting equally senseless attacks on Muslims and Muslim owned businesses, the majority of the nation have joined together to voice their support of our troops, with message of support on the social networks, leaving flowers and messages at the Royal Artillery barracks in Woolwich or by donating to the fantastic charity ‘Help For Heroes’.

Some, such as boxers Lewis Pettitt and Adam Dingsdale, felt compelled to show their support in a different way, in their case, by inviting Lee Rigby’s battalion compadres as guests to their upcoming fights on the Johnny Eames ‘Two Tribes’ event at York Hall in London this coming Saturday.

Lewis and Adam, who are coached by Al Smith at iGym, personally bought five tickets each and TCS Contracting in Dartford, the company Lewis works for, bought twenty more and donated them to the cause, with event promoters TRAD TKO Events donating a further ten.

With enough tickets in place, the next obstacle for Lewis and Adam to overcome was contacting the battalion commander, not an easy task due, as Lewis was to discover when he went to Woolwich barracks on Thursday.

Unfortunately due to the increased security Lewis was unable to contact the battalion commander, not to be deterred Lewis turned to social networking site Facebook to make contact with a serving soldier at the barracks, who in turn contacted the battalion commander on the boxers behalf.

TRAD TKO promoter Johnny Eames said of Lewis and Adam’s endeavour.

“Everyone at the gym is in shock at the senseless killing of Lee Rigsby, a few, especially those who live close to the barracks or had been serving soldiers have been discussing ways we can show long term support to our troops, then Al Smith called me to say that Lewis and Adam, as well as Lewis’ boss, wanted to buy some tickets to give to serving soldiers at Woolwich.

Straight away both Rio (Gianluca Di Caro) and myself instantly offered to donate some also, we felt it was the least we can do.

We are encouraging everyone at the gym to buy ‘Help for Heroes’ t-shirts and wear them on Saturday, to show their support of our troops, who we feel do a magnificent job.

It would be great if everyone coming on Saturday wears a ‘Help for Heroes’ t-shirt on Saturday, not just our fighters, to show their support for our troops.”

To buy a ‘Help for Heroes’ t-shirt or make a donation to this worthwhile cause please go to www.helpforheroes.org.uk

Lewis Pettitt and Adam Dingsdale feature on the undercard of Colin Lynes versus Beka Sutidze, which headlines the Johnny Eames promoted ‘Two Tribes Go To War’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 1st June 2013.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on line at www.tkoboxoffice.com or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from direct from Freddie or any of the fighters taking part.

www.tkoboxinggym.com

Keane: Dawson comes to fight

29.05.13

by @boxnationtv

Midland Area cruiserweight king Chris Keane is a fighter who prefers to let his fists do his talking.

But the heavily muscled 27-year-old gets a great opportunity to make a huge statement to the trade on Friday evening when he squares up against Rotherham dangerman Neil Dawson over 10 rounds for the WBO International crown at the Walsall Town Hall.

Watch the whole bill, headed by Martin Gethin’s IBF World Lightweight Title Final Eliminator against Panama’s Ammeth Diaz, live and exclusive on The Channel Of Champion BoxNation (Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch.546). Join at www.boxnation.com

Last weekend boxing writer Glynn Evans renewed acquaintance with the 2009 ABA heavyweight champion who has raced to ten straight wins in the pros.

Since we last spoke, you’ve banged up two stoppage wins, avenging amateur conqueror and ex British champion Shane McPhilbin (rsc3) to claim the Midland Area title in January then routing Hungary’s Tamas Toth in late April. What did you take from those two fights?

Not an enormous amount, if I’m honest. I’m learning to be more patient; look for the openings and not rush my shots. A professional fight, a career, can change through just one punch.
Of late, I like to think I’ve become a calmer boxer and it’s all kicking in on the night.
Against Shane, I trained for a real hard ten rounder but I actually forgot that there was a belt at stake until it got wrapped around my waist. I don’t like to put added pressure on myself so I try to shut out stuff like belts and focus exclusively on winning the fight.
That Hungarian was one seriously tough dude, the most rugged I’ve faced as a pro. I hit him clean with so many, big, big shots and he just wobbled back a bit. (Veteran manager) Jim Evans told us after that he was well known around the European circuit for his resilience.

On Friday night you’ll get the hardest test of your pro career thus far. What have you seen of opponent Neil Dawson and what assessment do you make of him? What specific problems do you envisage him causing you?

We know that Neil always comes to fight and has a lot of heart. Even when he’s under pressure going backwards, he’s chucking back. He’s a decent boxer with a good left hook. I need to make sure I don’t rush things otherwise I’ll probably end up getting kayoed just like Tony Conquest did. I’ll need to be sharp, use a lot of head movement and get my counters off.

How has your preparation gone? You’ve still not been beyond six rounds in your ten pro fights. To what extent have you needed to increase the intensity of your training?

I’ve been at it non stop since last September and my body has taken a bit of a pounding. My runs are getting longer. I do a couple of five milers a week, mixed in with my sprints. Preparation has been fine. I’ve had some good sparring with Jahmaine Smyle from Leicester who’s managed by Chris Pyatt.

Your coach Paul Hudson is relatively unknown to the wider boxing community. What are his qualities?

Paul brings a lot of knowledge. He was a former amateur who did a lot of kick boxing and has been involved with mixed martial arts. He’s been a significant face in the Coventry boxing scene for quite a long time now.
Paul explains things very clearly and always puts things in perspective. We work well together on devising our game plan. Paul really pushes me to get the most out of me in the gym and on the track but he’s basically a real nice bloke.

You’ve stayed active and made very promising progress recently. However, there’s a lot of rising cruiserweight prospects. You refuse to have a nickname, are indifferent to your entrance music and avoid gimmicks. How are you going to stand out from the crowd?

You can’t keep a good man down for ever. The way I see it, if I’m going about my business quietly, low key, the other prospects are more likely to step into the ring with me. That’s when I get to prove myself. They’ll be saying: ‘Where did he come from?’
Trash talk proves nothing and can make you look a bit stupid if you fail to back it up. Hopefully, I can sell myself in other ways.

What type of test are you anticipating from Dawson? Why are you confident that it’ll be your hand that’s raised at the end?

We’ll have to wait and see. Neil always comes to fight so I’m expecting it to be hard. I’m definitely going to be in for a proper fight this time. Anything can happen in boxing with us bigger lads. Obviously I’m confident that I’m going to win but no doubt so is Dawson.

Touch wood you come through, what are your aspirations for the remainder of 2013?

I don’t like to think about the future too much. I only ever take one fight at a time. I’ve had quite a hard schedule since coming back last year after my 15 month break due to a torn bicep. So after this, I need a little break, maybe fit in a holiday to recuperate, then start back nice and fresh for the new season in September.

In depth with Neil Dawson

29.05.13

by @boxnationtv

Rotherham star Neil Dawson takes on Chris Keane this Friday night at the Walsall Town Hall with the WBO International Cruiserweight title on the line.

Glyn Evans speaks to Dawson ahead of the big fight that features as chief support to Martin Gethin’s IBF World Lightweight Title Eliminator against Ammeth Diaz, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). Join at www.boxnation.com

Name: Neil Dawson

Weight: Cruiserweight

Born: Rotherham

Age: 32

Family background: I’ve a brother who’s two years older. I live with my missus Katie in Thorpe Hesley, a beautiful little spot in the Yorkshire countryside. We’ve two kids; a little boy Zach who’s five and a daughter Freya who’s three.
My dad Gary was a good amateur. He had fifty to sixty amateur bouts at middleweight-cum-light-heavy and people around these parts still talk about his fights. I think he boxed for the England squads a few times.

Trade: I’m a joiner by trade but it’s absolutely dire at the minute. The money’s nowhere near what it were.

Nickname: ‘Dawsy’

What age did you become interested in boxing and why? From about the age of four I’ve been going to the boxing gym with my dad. I’d train alongside him for a few years.

What do you recall of your amateur career? Around the age of 14, I started up again off my own back, just to keep off the streets. I’d been getting up to mischief and it was the best thing for me.
I joined the Parsons Cross ABC in Sheffield. Bob, who ran the club, was a family friend and my dad started to train me.
I had my first fight at 15 and, all told, I had 20 bouts and won 17. I knocked quite a few out. When I were in my late teens I twice got to the semis of the National Novices but lost both times.
Because of work commitments my amateur career was always on and off. It was hard to spend 100% at it. I never entered the senior ABAs but I boxed against Canada and Holland for representative sides over in Jersey.
The downside to the amateurs was that being the biggest lad, I was always on last and that meant having to hang around for about six hours after weighing –in.

Why did you decide to turn pro when you did? I couldn’t get hardly any sparring. Then, when I was 22, a fella called Andy Manning arranged for me to go over and spar (British and Commonwealth cruiserweight king) Mark Hobson. Even back then, I sensed I wasn’t that far off ‘Hobbo’s level.
Whilst over there, ‘Hobbo’s’ manager Chris Aston offered me to go pro. He made it sound like a good idea. It turned out good. I made my debut at Elland Road and they paid me a great big wad of cash!

Tell us about your back up team: I’m now managed by (ex pro) Carl Greaves and I’ve a good promotional deal with Chris and Tommy Gilmour from Glasgow.

What’s your training schedule? Which parts do you most and least enjoy? I basically train myself. I’ve been training for years so I know what it takes to get myself fit. Why pay some trainer 10% of your money? I’ve been let down by so many. Now I have to prove ‘em all wrong.
I arrange my own sparring and someone to hold the pads. I’ve used every boxing gym in Sheffield but now use a new place called ‘Fit for It’ which is just a couple of miles from my house.
It’s run by Ross Blackwell, an ex pro. It’s got a ring, massive bags and weights facilities and they’ve kindly provided me with a little bit of sponsorship. They also help with my strength training and provide nutritional advice which is helpful because I’m usually a bit light for a cruiserweight.
I’ve always got a decent level of basic fitness and conditioning and I seldom put on any weight. For a big fight, ideally, I like to give myself eight weeks.
I only do one run, on the weekend, because I had a bad back. Recently, I’ve replaced the long runs with sprints. They get my heart rate higher and the bad back has gone. I’ll do ten reps of about 150-200 metres and I always time myself.
I do my strength and conditioning at ‘Fit for It’ in the mornings. I do a weight circuit and some dead lifts. The personal trainers help out and it’s going really well.
Then, after work, I spend another hour and a half at the gym. I warm up by skipping for four or five rounds, then do about eight on the bags. I’ll shadow box with weights for a while and always include a circuit and some ab work. I usually spar twice a week. Though I don’t have a coach, I really train quite hard and I’m always in condition. I know in my mind what I can do.
I enjoy all aspects of training. Whenever I don’t train, I feel bad about myself. The worst bits are following a nutrition program when I’m working and having to travel to get decent sparring. I’m usually in the car for at least an hour each way.

Describe your style? What are your best qualities? Basically, I’m just a brawler! Ever since I was an amateur I’ve enjoyed a good ‘tear up’. I’m definitely not a jab and mover. I like to see who hits harder, who’s the better man.

What specifically do you need to work on to fully optimise your potential as a fighter? It’s more a case of sorting myself out financially so that I could boxing full time. I have to do a day’s work and I’ve two children to look after. Quite a few of the top lads don’t work. That must certainly help with nutrition and rest.

What have you found to be the biggest difference between the pro and amateur codes? Definitely the length of the fights. I used to go in with the intention of knocking ‘em out but against Matty Askin I got stopped at the end of the sixth. It’s now in my mind that I’ve got to go 10 or 12 rounds so I need to pace myself.

Who is the best opponent that you’ve shared a ring with? I’ve sparred quite a lot of decent guys but I’d probably opt for (ex IBF world light-heavy king) Clinton Woods. He was a very good all rounder; competent in every aspect, without being brilliant in any. He was also a right nice fella.

All time favourite fighter: It’s got to be Ali. I used to watch all his videos as a kid. He’s been a big inspiration to me.

All time favourite fight: Ali v Foreman. It was a mega event and a big story in history.

What is your routine on fight day? I carry on as normal; chill out a bit. I might watch a bit of footage of my opponent. The day that I stopped Tony Conquest I went up in a big cable car by the Millennium Dome.
Carl Greaves is good to be around. I like him and we’re generally pretty calm. I know that if I’ve done the proper training, I’m a handful for any cruiserweight in Britain.

Entrance music: Whatever they put in. My mind’s always focussed on the boxing

What are your ambitions as a boxer? Since I turned pro, I’ve wanted to box for, and win, the British title. From sparring Mark Hobson, I knew that in time I could certainly get to his level.

How do you relax? With my kids; swimming, bowling. I’ve also got a big garden that needs tending and I enjoy a game of golf every now and then but I’m not very good.

Football team: Rotherham United. They’ve been to their massive new stadium as a guest. I got a free meal and was introduced on to the pitch with my (WBO International) belt.

Read: Not much. I used to get the Boxing News most weeks but stopped because they never gave me a fair shake!

Music: I used to be bad into rap!

Films/TV: Occasionally I watch the crime or comedy channels and I tune into BoxNation but generally don’t have time for much tele.

Aspiration in life: To have a nice family and house, a beautiful missus and to meet nice people. By the time I’m done I would like to have won a British title.

Motto: Train hard, box easy

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