I didn't get off to the best of starts with my boxing having 7 fights as a junior winning only 3, and getting beat up most of the time in between at the gym. Despite my lack of success at this gym it wasn't all bad as I did meet many of what are still my closest friends.
And I am sure if you ask any 1 who trained at that gym at that time "WHAT IS A GYM?" They will all answer the same - "SWEAT SHOP".
At the age of 16, life like any other teenagers began to change and so boxing fell to 1 side for a while. I was still in and out of the gym but nothing really serious. It wasn't until I was around 18/19 that I realised I missed it so much and wanted to have another go, but this time I seemed to have developed some degree of "skill". I originally went to a club called Vange and Pitsea on my return but never really settled in so I went to the local club in Pitsea called Chalvedon where I most certainly enjoyed most of my success as an amateur boxer.
I knocked up around 14 wins from 18 contests here as a senior boxer, inc 11 championship fights earning the Essex and Eastern counties championship title 3 years running, also repressing Essex on 3 occasions winning 2 out of the 3 by TKO. It was at this club I really found my feel in boxing and begun to feel like I was really part of the sport.
After 4/5 seasons at Chalvedon things began to change within the club with my friends and some of the staff moving on. I took some time off again and went travelling, but it was short lived as I ended up boxing on my travels and then returning home to book myself up for my first unaffiliated, unlicensed boxing match.
I didn't really train for this one or take it as serious as I had in the past, I done most of the work myself just running and punching bags in the local gym. I won this Via 2nd round TKO picking up the EBA 4 nations title in the process. This quickly prompted me to pick up the pace and start training in case I got caught with a tough challenge.
So, I began the start of my pro journey.
I researched around on the internet looking at different coaches and learning what I could when I came across my now manager and trainer Alec Wilkey. I called him up and asked if he would help me with my boxing for my next fight that was still supposed to be an EBA fight. Unfortunately, I ended up picking up an injury so never got to take this fight. While training with Alec once a week he asked me if I had plans to turn pro, and in truth I never really did.
I didn't think I was talented enough or marketable enough. He told me he thinks I have what it takes and that if I can get the support why don't I at least give it a go. I went home took about a week to think about it then decided I wanted to at least try so when I look back I wouldn't say what could have been. I am known to be somewhat recklessly impulsive from time to time and this was no exception as I decided to turn pro totally out of the blue. I quit my job, my social life and went full steam into my what is now my full time job as a professional boxer.
A year ago roughly to the day I started my journey as a professional fighter.... 1 year in and we seem to be thriving.