30th August 2012
Tony Borg is the coach at the flourishing St Joseph’s stable in Newport which in recent years has been going from strength to strength producing an array of talent both amateur and professional. He is also the Welsh Amateur Boxing coach and has traveled the world with the team including the 2002 Manchester & 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Tony’s recent success as a coach has been fantastic and in 2011 he was voted Welsh Coach of the Year.
Tony started boxing at 7 and had his first amateur contest when he was 9. He went onto have 155 amateur fights winning 105 for Roath Amateur Boxing Club in Cardiff and represented Wales at Schoolboy and Senior level. Tony won the Welsh ABA Title in 1982, three National British Titles and one NABC Title.
in 1983 at 18 he turned professional with former Newport boxer then trainer Billy May. Tony boxed 24 times as a pro but his career was cut short due to a car accident in 1988. After three years out of the ring Tony returned to have three more fights his last was against Bristol’s Ross Hale.
Unfortunately the injuries sustained in the car accident were to restrict the intensity of Tony’s training so he was forced to retire. The highlight of Tony’s pro career was challenging for the Welsh Super Featherweight Title in 1986 against Steve Simms. It was a close affair and Tony just lost out on points over 10 rounds.
Tony turned to coaching soon after and obtained his pro trainers license in 1994 and has trained some top Welsh pros including Paul Samuels, Gareth Jordan Matthew Edmonds, to name a few and is currently enjoying great success proving his coaching credentials with London 2012 Olympians Andrew Selby and Freddie Evans (Sliver medal winner) Plus team GB’s Joe Cordina, and Sean McGoldrick.
His professional fighters are also making big waves in the game including current British super featherweight champion Gary Buckland who Tony has coached from an amateur. Also Brtitish and Commonwealth champion Lee Selby who he has been with since his first pro fight and guided to the titles. Plus a rake of quality amateurs and pros like Frankie Borg and Lee Churcher. Justin Hughes, Chris Higgs
Tony says that Gary Buckland and Lee Selby are on course to fight for world titles and says that in the next 12 months they hope to box for European belts and then if world title fight’s happen for them he is convinced they will win them. In his interview above with Ciaran Gibbons of CJGTalkBoxing – Tony is confident that if they can get former Prizefighter champion Buckland a shot at world No1 super-featherweight Adren Broner, that his man can take the American stars unbeaten record away.
For all this and more including Tony’s dream boxing matchup watch the video above.
Also, another great interview with top British coach Tony Borg