Dave, 30, is being trained by Peter Sims and makes his debut on Saturday night on a Goodwin Promotions card at the Colleseum, Watford. Dave has been matched against York’s Graham Fearn in a super-featherweight four rounder.
What made you want to start boxing?
“I always wanted to get involved in a martial art. When I was younger I was always into football, cricket, tennis and all sports really. I injured my ankle playing football so that only left me with my hands to fight with so I chose boxing. A mate of mine knew the coach at Cheshunt ABC so I started going there. I first started there when I was 21 going occasionally then it started getting more and more regular.” Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?
“I wasn’t really into boxing before I started. I really started taking an interest in boxing when Ricky Hatton was doing well, just before he beat Kostya Tszyu. Ricky was a real inspiration to me and did a lot of good for the sport of boxing.”
Did you do much amateur boxing?
“I had 51 amateur fights all for Cheshunt ABC and I won about half of them. I made the senior novice ABA finals in my first few years of boxing. I made it to the quarter finals of the ABA’s fighting at featherweight and lightweight in two consecutive years. I also represented the home counties where I was captain a few times.”
How do you know the time is right to turn pro?
“Towards the end of my amateur career I was starting to box some of the best kids in the country, like Mitchell Smith who has turned pro now. I lost to an England international, Jimmy Cooper and then won a rematch with him. That result and my other performances showed me that now was a good time to turn pro.
“I was working in IT but quit that and went for my qualifications so I could work in a gym. I met Peter Sim’s mum at the gym and she said Peter was looking for boxers. So I ended up speaking to Peter and we decided I should turn over.”
Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?
“I see a massive difference in the training. As an amateur you are left alone quite a lot in the gym. As a pro you get much more 1 on 1 training and are pushed a lot harder. Every session in our gym is a killer. Fighting as a pro you can afford to slow the pace down and obviously now your fighting without a head guard.”
Do you work full-time alongside boxing?
“I work as a fitness coach. I do my boxing training in the mornings and then work as a fitness coach at Virgin gyms in the afternoon and evenings. They are long days but it works out well for me.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I will still have my aggressive, come forward style as a pro. Peter wants me to work my way in, moving my head and letting the shots go from angles. I want to be aggressive but still be a slick and technical boxer at the same time.”
What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?
“Obviously I have turned over quite late, but in the long term I would be over the moon if I could win a British title. Winning that would feel like winning a world title to me. At the moment I am going to take it one step at a time, I would even be more than happy winning a Southern Area title.”
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