1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

The most difficult aspect of boxing may seen obvious, but it’s the sparring. Hitting pads, fitness training and all those non-sparring elements- can seem easy when you are tired. But you can’t switch your mind off when you are sparring, especially when tired. Keeping your boxing form whilst trying to avoid punches, whilst tired, can be taxing on your mind.

The most difficult aspect of boxing may seen obvious, but it’s the sparring. Hitting pads, fitness training and all those non-sparring elements- can seem easy when you are tired. But you can’t switch your mind off when you are sparring, especially when tired. Keeping your boxing form whilst trying to avoid punches, whilst tired, can be taxing on your mind.

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

He’s not a boxer as such, but Im obsessed with watching Eddie Hearn on youtube talk about boxing. So he is my favourite.

He’s not a boxer as such, but Im obsessed with watching Eddie Hearn on youtube talk about boxing. So he is my favourite.

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

My sporting hero was always Jonny Wilkinson. He was a student of the sport and implementing that into training is key. Watching hours of footage on youtube, being obsessed with getting better at the sport can only help you.

My sporting hero was always Jonny Wilkinson. He was a student of the sport and implementing that into training is key. Watching hours of footage on youtube, being obsessed with getting better at the sport can only help you.

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

Luckily, I haven’t had to cut any weight, as Im fighting someone significantly heavier than me so I have been able to eat plenty in the build up to the fight. However, having a few beers will be extremely enjoyable.

Luckily, I haven’t had to cut any weight, as Im fighting someone significantly heavier than me so I have been able to eat plenty in the build up to the fight. However, having a few beers will be extremely enjoyable.

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

I don’t need music for motivational purposes, I typically listen to podcasts or nothing whilst training. So I imagine I wont listen to anything.

I don’t need music for motivational purposes, I typically listen to podcasts or nothing whilst training. So I imagine I wont listen to anything.

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

Hit and never get hit

Hit and never get hit

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

I have been trying to lose weight which, for someone who loves their grub, is hard! For the training itself it is mostly around the breathing and fitness so you can moderate your energy consumption.

I have been trying to lose weight which, for someone who loves their grub, is hard! For the training itself it is mostly around the breathing and fitness so you can moderate your energy consumption.

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

Naseem Hamed – a perfect mix of elite level ability, showmanship, and flair. He guaranteed world class boxing and entertainment, many forget he only lost once in 37 fights, right at the end of his career.

Naseem Hamed – a perfect mix of elite level ability, showmanship, and flair. He guaranteed world class boxing and entertainment, many forget he only lost once in 37 fights, right at the end of his career.

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

My only real idol is Ian Wright, ex-Arsenal and England striker who I simply LOVE!!!! I started watching Arsenal at 11 years old and he embodied everything you wanted in a striker – aggression, pace, and amazing finishing. A massive personality that shows what can be achieved through hard work and persistence.

My only real idol is Ian Wright, ex-Arsenal and England striker who I simply LOVE!!!! I started watching Arsenal at 11 years old and he embodied everything you wanted in a striker – aggression, pace, and amazing finishing. A massive personality that shows what can be achieved through hard work and persistence.

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

I think, whatever the result, we’re planning a long hug, a pint of beer, and a massive pizza.

I think, whatever the result, we’re planning a long hug, a pint of beer, and a massive pizza.

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

I won’t give away my ring walk tune so it might be something like 50 Cent or Cypress Hill Insane in the Membrane, get the blood pumping!

I won’t give away my ring walk tune so it might be something like 50 Cent or Cypress Hill Insane in the Membrane, get the blood pumping!

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

I don’t know if ‘always keep your hands up’ transfers to business but it is THE most important lesson I have learnt! Essentially that focus on working towards a result, and all the effort and work to get there, is the same for boxing, business, or achieving anything of substance.

I don’t know if ‘always keep your hands up’ transfers to business but it is THE most important lesson I have learnt! Essentially that focus on working towards a result, and all the effort and work to get there, is the same for boxing, business, or achieving anything of substance.

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

The difficulty in learning a whole new skill, along with trying to get fit at the same time as managing someone trying to punch you in the face.

The difficulty in learning a whole new skill, along with trying to get fit at the same time as managing someone trying to punch you in the face.

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

Tyson Fury – true world champ, most natural boxing heavyweight and huge advocate for mental health in men.

Tyson Fury – true world champ, most natural boxing heavyweight and huge advocate for mental health in men.

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

Idolising is a strong word but Michael Brady has been the shining sporting light for me with his natural ability and greek god physique.

Idolising is a strong word but Michael Brady has been the shining sporting light for me with his natural ability and greek god physique.

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

Big hugs to Rob Dowling and my boxing coaches.

Big hugs to Rob Dowling and my boxing coaches.

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way.

Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way.

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

Progression not perfection.

Progression not perfection.

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

Being punched in the face, surprisingly it does not come naturally to me and gives me anxiety on sparing days. It also gives you great satisfaction once you have completed a session, even if I did not ‘win’.

Being punched in the face, surprisingly it does not come naturally to me and gives me anxiety on sparing days. It also gives you great satisfaction once you have completed a session, even if I did not ‘win’.

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

Joe Calzaghe, despite being Welsh he was a great fighter and fun to watch, I am envious that he did not spar between fights because he had a bad hand injury and was still undefeated. I would also like to give Butter Bean a highly commended, what a hero.

Joe Calzaghe, despite being Welsh he was a great fighter and fun to watch, I am envious that he did not spar between fights because he had a bad hand injury and was still undefeated. I would also like to give Butter Bean a highly commended, what a hero.

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

John Daly the golfer has always been an idol, pure raw talent and the mental strength to be who he is.

John Daly the golfer has always been an idol, pure raw talent and the mental strength to be who he is.

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

Probably drink lots of water, treat myself to my favourite salad and get a good night’s sleep ready to review the fight in the morning or something along those lines.

Probably drink lots of water, treat myself to my favourite salad and get a good night’s sleep ready to review the fight in the morning or something along those lines.

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

‘Are you not entertained’ by Russ & Ed Sheeran is my current favourite training tune.

‘Are you not entertained’ by Russ & Ed Sheeran is my current favourite training tune.

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

Get out of the way of things that might harm you! It is a great experience learning how to navigate a combat sport, the one lesson that clearly translates to business is that whatever you plan for, it will unlikely be what actually happens, it does not mean the strategy and preparation was not important.

Get out of the way of things that might harm you! It is a great experience learning how to navigate a combat sport, the one lesson that clearly translates to business is that whatever you plan for, it will unlikely be what actually happens, it does not mean the strategy and preparation was not important.

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

Starting! Once you get going, it gets a bit easier, but the thought of getting punched in the face twice a week for fun for 12 weeks was not an easy one to get my head around over the summer!

Starting! Once you get going, it gets a bit easier, but the thought of getting punched in the face twice a week for fun for 12 weeks was not an easy one to get my head around over the summer!

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

I’m not sure I have a particular favourite. I’ve always enjoyed boxing and have enjoyed watching many great fighters over the years — either live or on archive footage. It’s the battles that always stick in my mind the most.

I’m not sure I have a particular favourite. I’ve always enjoyed boxing and have enjoyed watching many great fighters over the years — either live or on archive footage. It’s the battles that always stick in my mind the most.

Joe Frazier and Mohammed Ali are a standout. Benn and Eubank (the originals!), Gatti & Ward, Wilder and Fury. I do love a great body punch though, so let’s go with Micky Ward!

Joe Frazier and Mohammed Ali are a standout. Benn and Eubank (the originals!), Gatti & Ward, Wilder and Fury. I do love a great body punch though, so let’s go with Micky Ward!

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

I’m a rugby player at heart, and I love the art of the sidestep; so players like Phil Bennet, David Duckham, Jason Robinson, Shane Williams and, more recently, Cheslin Kolby. None of them are big guys, but they are players who can change a game with their skill.

I’m a rugby player at heart, and I love the art of the sidestep; so players like Phil Bennet, David Duckham, Jason Robinson, Shane Williams and, more recently, Cheslin Kolby. None of them are big guys, but they are players who can change a game with their skill.

In the same vein, and as a Liverpool fan, Steven Gerrard is a legend — a player who could not only win a match with his skill but with the sheer force of will. Who doesn’t want a guy like that on your team?

In the same vein, and as a Liverpool fan, Steven Gerrard is a legend — a player who could not only win a match with his skill but with the sheer force of will. Who doesn’t want a guy like that on your team?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

Well, as anyone who knows me can attest, I’m not one for partying, so probably a quiet night in with a movie and a cup of tea. Maybe a half glass of wine.

Well, as anyone who knows me can attest, I’m not one for partying, so probably a quiet night in with a movie and a cup of tea. Maybe a half glass of wine.

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

Well, that is likely to be my ring walk — Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman.’ A bit of metal guitar with a good build-up should get the blood pumping.

Well, that is likely to be my ring walk — Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman.’ A bit of metal guitar with a good build-up should get the blood pumping.

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

Absolutely. Try not to get punched in the face; it’s unpleasant! But more accurately, keep focused on what is coming towards you so that you can react. Counter or get out of the way — losing sight of what is in front of us can be very costly!

Absolutely. Try not to get punched in the face; it’s unpleasant! But more accurately, keep focused on what is coming towards you so that you can react. Counter or get out of the way — losing sight of what is in front of us can be very costly!

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

Mainly two things. The first one is that gruelling training routine. Doing the same things over and over again day in and day out. Can’t imagine doing this on a regular basis. I got loads of respect for guys that make living out of this. The second one is staying social, especially during parties! Can’t count how many weird eyes I received after I started refusing to crack a cold one with the boys on a Friday evening.

Mainly two things. The first one is that gruelling training routine. Doing the same things over and over again day in and day out. Can’t imagine doing this on a regular basis. I got loads of respect for guys that make living out of this. The second one is staying social, especially during parties! Can’t count how many weird eyes I received after I started refusing to crack a cold one with the boys on a Friday evening.

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

Muhammed Ali. A legend that I admire not only for his skills in the ring but also for his social stance on race, religion, and politics.

Muhammed Ali. A legend that I admire not only for his skills in the ring but also for his social stance on race, religion, and politics.

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

Basketball fans will know him. Arvydas Sabonis is the greatest basketball player Lithuania ever had. Just like Ali, Arvydas was ahead of his time. A big man that could dish assists just like a point guard, shoot threes and destroy his opponents under the basket.

Basketball fans will know him. Arvydas Sabonis is the greatest basketball player Lithuania ever had. Just like Ali, Arvydas was ahead of his time. A big man that could dish assists just like a point guard, shoot threes and destroy his opponents under the basket.

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

I had to reduce a lot of my vices, so ill definitely indulge in them. Probably a donner pizza followed by a cigar and a glass of Porto would be a good start.

I had to reduce a lot of my vices, so ill definitely indulge in them. Probably a donner pizza followed by a cigar and a glass of Porto would be a good start.

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

Definitely Phill Collins (‘In the Air Tonight’). I truly believe that the drum part in that song can make a person invincible.

Definitely Phill Collins (‘In the Air Tonight’). I truly believe that the drum part in that song can make a person invincible.

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

Preparation is the key, just like Ali once said, “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses — behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

Preparation is the key, just like Ali once said, “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses — behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.”

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

Finding the time for it in the middle of all else going on. Probably my career break helped a lot.

Finding the time for it in the middle of all else going on. Probably my career break helped a lot.

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

The Raging Bull (Jake LaMotta) — I even met him in person in New York some 25 years ago — a person with an amazing life story.

The Raging Bull (Jake LaMotta) — I even met him in person in New York some 25 years ago — a person with an amazing life story.

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

I have always admired the NBA generation of my youth — Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, etc.

I have always admired the NBA generation of my youth — Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, etc.

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

Pizza and beer 🙂 On a serious note — I hope all boxers and cornermen will be able to gather the day after and celebrate — it must be fun.

Pizza and beer 🙂 On a serious note — I hope all boxers and cornermen will be able to gather the day after and celebrate — it must be fun.

The celebration, for me personally, will be the fact that I pulled myself together at the age of 45 and got to the ring.

The celebration, for me personally, will be the fact that I pulled myself together at the age of 45 and got to the ring.

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

This is a tough one as I am still choosing my walkout music as well — music does mean a lot to me. Probably it will be Arena by Asia (a song about gladiators — quite spot-on).

This is a tough one as I am still choosing my walkout music as well — music does mean a lot to me. Probably it will be Arena by Asia (a song about gladiators — quite spot-on).

Another option is Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ — I have a whole “Walkout” playlist now on my Spotify account 🙂

Another option is Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ — I have a whole “Walkout” playlist now on my Spotify account 🙂

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

Oh yes, actually boxing is very educational in many regards — it teaches never to underestimate your opponent, not to drop your guard, and teaches tons of respect and sportsmanship.

Oh yes, actually boxing is very educational in many regards — it teaches never to underestimate your opponent, not to drop your guard, and teaches tons of respect and sportsmanship.

Last but not least — as I said in the beginning — to always find the strength to get up and go on for another round.

Last but not least — as I said in the beginning — to always find the strength to get up and go on for another round.

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

Boxing training comes with some steep learning curbs as anything can happen when you step in the ring! It’s a sport that is always challenging regardless of how good you get as there will always be someone who can teach you new things.

Boxing training comes with some steep learning curbs as anything can happen when you step in the ring! It’s a sport that is always challenging regardless of how good you get as there will always be someone who can teach you new things.

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

Mike Tyson. Still to this day I believe that Mike Tyson in his absolute prime would beat any man he faced. He was the most fierce and ferocious boxer who would very rarely take a backward step.

Mike Tyson. Still to this day I believe that Mike Tyson in his absolute prime would beat any man he faced. He was the most fierce and ferocious boxer who would very rarely take a backward step.

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

Bakkies Botha – The hardest, baddest man that has played the game of rugby! He patrolled the pitch and instilled fear in everyone he played against.

Bakkies Botha – The hardest, baddest man that has played the game of rugby! He patrolled the pitch and instilled fear in everyone he played against.

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

The same way, regardless of the result. A few cold beers with some great mates.

The same way, regardless of the result. A few cold beers with some great mates.

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

Black Betty by Ram Jam.

Black Betty by Ram Jam.

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

Timing is everything! Be patient when observing any opportunity.. as the right shot can appear at any stage.

Timing is everything! Be patient when observing any opportunity.. as the right shot can appear at any stage.

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

The training itself is great. All the right hormones are rushing through your body. The feeling right after the training session, when chilling, is also amazing.

The training itself is great. All the right hormones are rushing through your body. The feeling right after the training session, when chilling, is also amazing.

The challenging part is the long-term recovery and regeneration. Now that the training is getting more intense, small injuries are accumulating, and I have to focus more on the downtime.

The challenging part is the long-term recovery and regeneration. Now that the training is getting more intense, small injuries are accumulating, and I have to focus more on the downtime.

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

It has to be Vasiliy Lomachenko. I usually admire things that I either cannot achieve or are very hard for me to do. The speed, footwork, awareness and mental game of this boxer are unmatched. If I manage to channel 0,1% of this mastery during my fight I will consider this a massive success.

It has to be Vasiliy Lomachenko. I usually admire things that I either cannot achieve or are very hard for me to do. The speed, footwork, awareness and mental game of this boxer are unmatched. If I manage to channel 0,1% of this mastery during my fight I will consider this a massive success.

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

I try not to idolise anyone and not go completely full ‘fan mode.’ ‘Fan’ comes from the word fanatic. This tells me everything about why I should never be that person.

I try not to idolise anyone and not go completely full ‘fan mode.’ ‘Fan’ comes from the word fanatic. This tells me everything about why I should never be that person.

I would say that, except for several different fighters in the MMA sphere, I consider Andre Agassi one of the top sports individuals. Another master of individual sports.

I would say that, except for several different fighters in the MMA sphere, I consider Andre Agassi one of the top sports individuals. Another master of individual sports.

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

There may be some serious celebratory socialising. I will have to, of course, invite my trainer and cornerman Michal to a few drinks. Also, the whole fight roster is looking forward to the next day’s recap of the evening. To have a roundtable and discuss the fights.

There may be some serious celebratory socialising. I will have to, of course, invite my trainer and cornerman Michal to a few drinks. Also, the whole fight roster is looking forward to the next day’s recap of the evening. To have a roundtable and discuss the fights.

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

Oasis – Fucking In The Bushes. And everyone else is going to listen to it with me for the walkout.

Oasis – Fucking In The Bushes. And everyone else is going to listen to it with me for the walkout.

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

There are many lessons about self-discipline, leadership and whatnot. But the basic premise is this – if you are not mentally present, it is going to hurt you. Any work you do with an absentee mind and no concentration is useless. The good part about boxing is that you find out pretty fast. In business, it may take several years.

There are many lessons about self-discipline, leadership and whatnot. But the basic premise is this – if you are not mentally present, it is going to hurt you. Any work you do with an absentee mind and no concentration is useless. The good part about boxing is that you find out pretty fast. In business, it may take several years.

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

It was staying motivated to train regularly when the event was postponed multiple times due to COVID.

It was staying motivated to train regularly when the event was postponed multiple times due to COVID.

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

I can’t name one, but I really like Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk and Vasiliy Lomachenko because of their boxing styles, personalities and how they managed to overcome adversity.

I can’t name one, but I really like Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk and Vasiliy Lomachenko because of their boxing styles, personalities and how they managed to overcome adversity.

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

Novak Djokovic would be the one. What I like about him is his mental toughness, determination, resilience and self-belief.

Novak Djokovic would be the one. What I like about him is his mental toughness, determination, resilience and self-belief.

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

We will definitely party until late 🙂

We will definitely party until late 🙂

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

That would be the following one: Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl ft. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix)

That would be the following one: Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl ft. Georgi Kay – In My Mind (Axwell Mix)

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

In boxing, as in business, you need to be able to anticipate your opponent’s next move and make quick adjustments in order to win.

In boxing, as in business, you need to be able to anticipate your opponent’s next move and make quick adjustments in order to win.

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

1. What has been the most challenging part of boxing training?

Waking up in the morning and thinking ‘why’!!

Waking up in the morning and thinking ‘why’!!

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

2. Who is your favourite boxer of all-time and why?

I like show good footwork so Muhammad Ali, Prince Naseem. But you can’t beat Tyson in his heyday. And even the gypsy Tyson is amazing.

I like show good footwork so Muhammad Ali, Prince Naseem. But you can’t beat Tyson in his heyday. And even the gypsy Tyson is amazing.

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

3. Do you have any other sporting heroes and what led to you idolising them?

A couple of darts players spring to mind. Stan Bowden but I am a QPR fan.

A couple of darts players spring to mind. Stan Bowden but I am a QPR fan.

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

4. If you get the victory on Friday the 11th November, how will you celebrate after the fight?

Eating a McDonalds and getting drunk with Nick and everyone else at the event.

Eating a McDonalds and getting drunk with Nick and everyone else at the event.

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

5. What will be the final song you listen to before you enter the ring, as you look to prepare your mind for battle?

Roll Call by Dr Dre. Its aggressive and horrible – everything I am not. I am super sweet.

Roll Call by Dr Dre. Its aggressive and horrible – everything I am not. I am super sweet.

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

6. Can you tell us the one lesson you have learned from boxing that you can take into business?

Keep your hands up and keep your eye on the person punching even if hurts…Is that a lesson for business? Probably.

Keep your hands up and keep your eye on the person punching even if hurts…Is that a lesson for business? Probably.