The route to boxing is different for every fighter, for Billy Deniz even prior to commencing his journey in the sweet science, he has enjoyed an abundance of success in professional combat.
Already boasting a highlight reel of knockouts and a plethora of titles in the sports of kickboxing, the 19-year-old is now ready to start writing the chapter of his career and transcend his explosiveness into boxing.
Speaking to BBTV he emphasised his reason for the switch of career: “Boxing is on such a bigger platform and I want to be known, I want to be out there, I want to be seen for what I can do, I want to leave a legacy.
“In 20 years time, I want people to remember me and say that was that Billy’s fight – how we all remember Mike Tyson and that.”
He added that advice of one of the UK’s most highly regarded kickboxing coaches also had a significant impact on his desire to move to boxing, after he was described as being ‘nasty with his hands’.
Now learning his trade at the Pheonix Camp in Manchester alongside Robert Rimmer, Deniz described boxing training as ‘mindblowing’, also revealing it’s ‘a lot harder than he thought’.
Deniz is well equipped to succeed in the sport, as he absorbs the knowledge of some of Manchester’s finest boxing minds, not only working with Rimmer now but also having previously worked with Pat Barrett, someone he was keen to credit in his interview with BBTV.