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Old 01-23-2013, 10:15 AM   #31
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Nigel Benn said he didn't spar much either.
I think Benn sparred loads but it was Eubank who only sparred 5 or so rounds for a fight.
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Ricky burns was very good but despite the 40-36 it was actually quite a close fight I shook him with a left hook at one point and we agreed we should have a rematch over six with notice as I only had 2 days. He's improved a lot.

I never felt outclassed ever as a pro- as an amateur I boxed a lad called Steven Mathews he was number 2 in the UK - absolute class. I didn't know enough and he beat me handily. He was prob the best.
Good read mate

What do you reckon was the factor that meant you never really made it (no offence intended I'm sure you know what I mean). Management/promoter to take care of you, dedication, power, speed or something else? And where do you think you should have ended up based on boxing not with short notice fights, robberies etc.
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Ricky burns was very good but despite the 40-36 it was actually quite a close fight I shook him with a left hook at one point and we agreed we should have a rematch over six with notice as I only had 2 days. He's improved a lot.

I never felt outclassed ever as a pro- as an amateur I boxed a lad called Steven Mathews he was number 2 in the UK - absolute class. I didn't know enough and he beat me handily. He was prob the best.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:59 PM   #33
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That makes sense.

And just to get into specifics, when you say Tuesday and Wednesday would be light do you mean just shadow boxing and maybe something like the double end bag? Something like 4 to 5 rounds each and that would be it?
Not even that- a brisk six rounds - light shadow or bag - u aren't getting any fitter with 3 days to go - just taking really
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:07 PM   #34
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Good read mate

What do you reckon was the factor that meant you never really made it (no offence intended I'm sure you know what I mean). Management/promoter to take care of you, dedication, power, speed or something else? And where do you think you should have ended up based on boxing not with short notice fights, robberies etc.
I did make it - my goal was to have a pro fight - I got to the top ten in the uk and top ten in England amateur. I saw my name in the ratings - shared the ring with 4 world champions, numerous British, european and commonwealth champions. Fought in prizefighter - made a comeback after five years out with just one loss.

I'm happy with what I did - I was never a pro champ but I was an amateur champion. I was blessed to be able to do what I loved to a fair standard. Wouldn't change it for the world.

In terms of achieving more - if as a hungry young boxer I knew what I knew now then I'd have done so much more - thus if I'd have stayed amateur longer I might have expanded my knowledge the same. Some trainers speak nonsense it's your responsibility to understand the physiology of boxing yourself - that was my biggest problem.
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:26 PM   #35
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Who was the best technical fighter that you've shared the ring with? Including sparring.
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:07 PM   #36
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you may have already answered this but what made you decide you were ready to turn pro? (how many am fights) (championships) or what not
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:23 PM   #37
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I did make it - my goal was to have a pro fight - I got to the top ten in the uk and top ten in England amateur. I saw my name in the ratings - shared the ring with 4 world champions, numerous British, european and commonwealth champions. Fought in prizefighter - made a comeback after five years out with just one loss.

I'm happy with what I did - I was never a pro champ but I was an amateur champion. I was blessed to be able to do what I loved to a fair standard. Wouldn't change it for the world.

In terms of achieving more - if as a hungry young boxer I knew what I knew now then I'd have done so much more - thus if I'd have stayed amateur longer I might have expanded my knowledge the same. Some trainers speak nonsense it's your responsibility to understand the physiology of boxing yourself - that was my biggest problem.
Sorry if my question came across as belittling you're career which wasn't my intention. I was there at the Prizefighter by the way, the first time I ever went to a boxing show.

What amateur titles did you win?



How much money did you make from boxing?
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Barrera- effortless class
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you may have already answered this but what made you decide you were ready to turn pro? (how many am fights) (championships) or what not
Just wanted to do it and had held my own in good class in the ams
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Sorry if my question came across as belittling you're career which wasn't my intention. I was there at the Prizefighter by the way, the first time I ever went to a boxing show.

What amateur titles did you win?



How much money did you make from boxing?
Money? Ok amount but nothing huge. It wasn't about that. Money was just a bonus.

I won just regional stuff. North west novice, east lancs senior ABA, east lancs junior ABA, north west NABC. But it was a strong region.
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Money? Ok amount but nothing huge. It wasn't about that. Money was just a bonus.

I won just regional stuff. North west novice, east lancs senior ABA, east lancs junior ABA, north west NABC. But it was a strong region.
Sure I can understand that I've become mates with a pro boxer out here (only had 2 fights) and he said when he got paid he was just laughing.

I dream of winning something at that kind of level mate. Do you ever think of another comeback? It seems most boxers struggle to walk away and leave it like that.
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Sure I can understand that I've become mates with a pro boxer out here (only had 2 fights) and he said when he got paid he was just laughing.

I dream of winning something at that kind of level mate. Do you ever think of another comeback? It seems most boxers struggle to walk away and leave it like that.
I wasn't getting any better - their aren't any trainers that suit me in my area in terms of ability or commitment and I could only get over to Kevin Maree once or twice a week so wasn't improving.

Course I'd like to do more but I've always liked helping people when I can, as some here might agree I get the same buzz from coaching people to be honest. I still train and could still beat most mid level guys but back in the day I was better then that.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:47 AM   #43
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I wasn't getting any better - their aren't any trainers that suit me in my area in terms of ability or commitment and I could only get over to Kevin Maree once or twice a week so wasn't improving.

Course I'd like to do more but I've always liked helping people when I can, as some here might agree I get the same buzz from coaching people to be honest. I still train and could still beat most mid level guys but back in the day I was better then that.
That must be very frustrating, having your situation hold you back like that.

Well good luck with the coaching and keep us updated. You seem to have a great attitude to training so I'm sure it'll go well.

Back on topic who was the hardest puncher you ever shared a ring with? Also what happened in the last two rounds of the Prizefighter fight?
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:25 AM   #45
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Not even that- a brisk six rounds - light shadow or bag - u aren't getting any fitter with 3 days to go - just taking really

Thank you!

And is there anything different you might do with your diet that last week?
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