Former Southern Area Heavyweight Champion and much-loved figure in the fight game, Mark Potter praised the techniques of trainer Adam Booth, emphasising ‘he never got the credit he deserved’ when he was working with David Haye.
Potter was speaking to BBTV about the most impactful ways to utilise weight training techniques as a boxer, stating the work Booth was doing with Haye, ‘others were frowning at, but it was paying off’.
“If you go back to when I was a pro, it was still a no-no to do weightlifting as a boxer, I actually believe there is a happy medium to be put there. I’ll tell you who never gets any credit, Adam Booth.
“Adam Booth with David Haye, was doing stuff with him which only the Americans were doing, they were doing callisthenics, resistance bands, they were doing explosive power work and it was paying off, it was fantastic.
“Everyone else was frowning at this and I don’t think Adam Booth ever got the credit. It’s only now, we are seeing the likes of Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte are doing the stuff Booth was doing 15 years ago.”
“There is definitely a place for weight training within boxing, there has to be.”
He also emphasised the importance of shutting off negativity and retaining a positive outlook as a fighter. Candidly recalling the challenging period he went through following his bizarre defeat to Danny Williams, detailing how it forced him to change his outlook on life.