News October 2015

Former kick-boxer Hennon talks second fight, sparring his trainers and that tattoo


By Michael J Jones

THIS SATURDAY night at the Civic Hall, Grays, welterweight new-comer George Hennon embarks in pro fight number two against Iran-born Devonian Ali Wyatt. Former kick-boxing champion Hennon made his debut in a boxing ring last June with a clear points decision over tough journeyman Matt Seawright.

Despite a limited experience in boxing, the 21 year old Hennon is in good hands with the Greaves brothers Johnny and Frank providing invaluable coaching for the one-fight prospect at the famous Peacock gym in London. There, Hennon gets quality sparring with team-mates such as Romeo Romaeo and Ryan Taylor as well as with his two trainers Johnny and Frank (being former and current pro fighters respectively).

Hennon would start his path in kick-boxing aged just 8-years-old and began competing in full-contact bouts from the age of 16. After 13 long years in the sport young Hennon made the decision to give pro boxing a try after winning an English title in his former career.

“I had a good career in kick-boxing” George tells Livefight a few days ago. “I had twelve fights and only lost one which I later avenged. My last fight, when I won the English title, I knocked my opponent out with a left hook to the body. Towards the end of my (kick-boxing) career I didn't enjoy the kicking side of things so it wasn't a huge deal turning to boxing though I've had to change my style hugely.”

“I wanted to make a career out of fighting but there was no real money in kick-boxing so that's why I turned to boxing. I used to watch boxing on TV and have been training a few years now. The biggest thing I had to learn was my foot-work as it's completely different from kick-boxing both your stance and the way you move. I've been learning a few years and I'm still learning all of the time now with Johnny and Frank.”

Making his pro debut at the same venue as Saturday's contest, Hennon gave away a huge chunk of experience to Staffordshire's trusty Seawright but still emerged the winner of their six-rounder by a 60-55 margin.

“Yes he'd had a few more fights than me” chuckles George regarding his debut opponent, a veteran of 125 bouts at the time. “It was a comfortable fight but he obviously knew his way around a ring with all of that experience. I just stayed in second gear for the fight, boxed him and did enough to win every round.”

“I know Ali Wyatt comes to fight and I'm expecting this fight to have a lot more action than my debut so I'm looking forward to it. I'm a natural counter-puncher so it's good for me that he'll be coming forward and I'm expecting this to be my best performance so far.”

With his back-ground how would he like his career to develop over the next couple of years?

“Well I'm never going to look past any opponent but really every boxer's dream is of winning a world title. That's a long way away though but I just want to stay busy, listen to my team and maybe the end of next year or the year after go after the Southern Area belt. The UK welterweight division is a busy one so I'm just going to take it as it comes.”

The Carl Greaves promoted welterweight has also had excellent sparring during his transitional phase into pro boxing as he explains...

“I sparred Lenny Daws the other week which was brilliant sparring, I regularly work with Romeo Romaeo who is 9-0 and Ryan Taylor who is boxing the same night as me only in York Hall. I have sparred quite a bit with Johnny as he still gets in and does a lot as does Frank. Johnny got to a hundred fights and when he retired Frank started his pro career. I think he's had four fights now.”

One think striking about George is the large Owl tattoo which features on his chest. I ask if there is any meaning behind the unusual ink design?

“I've got two sleeve's which mean something to me in terms of religion and boxing but I can't really explain my Owl tattoo. I just saw the design and thought it looked really good so got it done.”

Boxer's who struggle to make weight are advised to skip reading the next paragraph...

“I weighed 10st 4lbs for my first fight and this one will be at 10st 8. I only walk around at 11st 7 so making weight isn't that hard for me. What I like to do is go under the weight ahead of the weigh-in and not have to starve myself the week of the fight. I'm well under weight now so I'm feeling strong and don't have to worry about making weight.”

“I'd just like to thank everyone for their continued support. I had a decent following in my kick-boxing days and it's been terrific for Saturday's fight from my friends and family. I'd also like to say a big thank you Frank Buglioni who bought a ticket and will be coming to watch my fight.”

George would also like to thank his sponsors; BBG London, NCQ Psychotherapy, Tim Rickson Sports Marketing and The T-Shirt Shop.

To follow the exciting prospect on Twitter @georgehennon12

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