A former amateur star member of team GB, Scotty Cardle was a 6 times National champion and Commonwealth games gold medalist, before taking the decision to turn his back on the unpaid ranks and a possible place at last years London Olympic games, to embark on a professional career, that has started very well, and it looks like this stand out amateur is adapting perfectly, minus the head guard and vest. The decision to turn over now looks like a very shrewd one and a bright future in the game is surely there for the taking.
Cardle, 23, had his first paid fight on March 17th 2012, against Sid Razak just 11 months ago and to date he has racked up 8 wins on the bounce and looked good in doing so. He is signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing Promotion’s and the enterprising outfit who have a exclusive Sky TV deal have been giving Cardle great exposure, and when under the TV cameras and the bright lights, the Lytham St. Annes man has delivered, turning in some eye catching displays.
Trained in Bolton, Greater Manchester by Joe Gallagher at Amir Khan’s Gloves Gym, the busy Cardle is already penning fights in his diary for 2013 and has two contests lined up; one for February 22nd at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, on a Dave Coldwell show; and then he will feature on the big Echo Arena bill in Liverpool on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s home coming against Isaac Chilemba, and the the highly anticipated Derry Mathews and Anthony Crolla rematch on March 30th.
Cardle’s former GB team mate, and the person he calls his ‘best friend in boxing’ Thomas Stalker makes his pro debut on the same night. He also has designs about fighting on the Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler undercard on May 25th. Scotty spoke to BritishBoxers this week after training, to assess his career to date and tell us his plans for the future and his desire to win titles and reach the top of his chosen sport, that could so nearly have been football.
Cardle was on the books of a few professional clubs, but eventually picked boxing. In this interview Scotty tells us; How he started boxing? – What motivates him to succeed in the fight game? – Who his favourite boxer of all time is? – His likes and dislikes about the boxing game? – The best fight he has ever seen? – And more in this in-depth interview. (video above) You can follow Scotty on Twitter here; @scottycardle to keep up with his career. If you haven’t seen him fight yet then try to catch him next time, this well grounded guy looks to be going places! – A future British champion at least.