Emerging from the tough, bleak streets of Miles Platting and Ancoats, are three friends entering on a boxing journey, that they believe will take them from the former Industrial Manchester heartland, to the bright boxing lights of Las Vegas.
Interview with Stephen Maylett – British boxing’s youngest professional coach.
You mentioned that yours, Karl and Terry’s ambition is to take your Manchester show all the way to Las Vegas and eventually one of them, if not both lads fight there?
You all hold the Lonsdale belt in high esteem and have ambitions to take the lads onto British title fights?
You had a good amateur career and had designs set on turning pro but through injury, tell us about your background in the game and how you became a coach?
Who trained you at Northside and how different was it to your previous gym?
How did you get back into boxing and eventually become a youth worker and professional coach?
Tell us about where you Karl and Terry live and the influence the area has had on you?
Who influenced your boxing career and made you want to take it up?
How did you become a coach for the lads?
Then after a couple of years you kind of lose em here and there, but Terry stuck with it, and you could see he had a nice little style, but he was dead, dead light and he struggled to get matches he was that light, and our old boxing coach used to weigh him in with two peas in his ball guard so he could make the weight, otherwise he wasn’t allowed to box. So from day one he had his back against the wall Terry, and he often gave 2-3 kilo away just to get a fight.
And Karl Place?
They had both been on the end of bad decisions in the ABA’s and then one night on the way home from Sheffield after Karl had been robbed in the quarter finals, we were all in the car, and Karl said, ‘Well what happens now’ Steve Wood’s our manager now, had seen Karl sparring at Bobby Rimmer’s gym and asked me when I’m turning him pro? at the time I’d shrugged it off, because we were concentrating on the ABA’s.
But I said well you are not going to get picked for England after the losses, and I think your both styles are suited to the pro game, and I think I can make you both into really good pro’s, although I did want Terry to stay amateur for another six month’s because I didn’t think he was quiet ready, but we used that time to train hard get good pro sparring and get him ready for the pro ranks.
Karl turned pro that October, boxed again in the November and then again in the December winning them all, then Terry turned pro after the six month’s.
You mention about getting good sparring for the lads’s
Bobby Rimmer helps me with some of that, I’ve known Bobby all my life, he is a friend of me dads, and he has looked after me, he has let us use the gym on occasions. What I’ve found is that a lot of these pro’s don’t like travelling, but we don’t mind travelling, if I feel like the lad’s need it, I’ll travel up and down the country, which we have done, Karl as sparred some good kids including Amir Khan
Who are your favorite fighters? and what coaches influence you?
What are your strengths as a coach?
I’m a young coach in the game but I’m dedicated to it and the lads and I am confident in my own ability as a coach, and the work that I do with them. I am tactically aware and can spot flaws and weaknesses in my own lads as well as the opponents. I believe in good footwork, balance, defence and I teach them to attack well, but also defend at the same time.
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