Presently, I am a 23 year old living in London. I hail from Northern Ireland so my former and current homes are both two crucibles of British Boxing legends. I have always been obsessed with Boxing from a very young age while also being interested with writing.
Combat sports in general as an interest is something I developed very early on. I competed in Judo at a high level until I was 18. I always had my eye on the Boxing most weekends, staying up to watch the big New York/ Las Vegas showdowns. With weekend shift work during school and then University, my commitment drained and I quit Judo. But soon I longed for the comradery and rush I missed in fighting. I still regularly attended my local gym and I saw that they were setting up a white collar event, wherein you would train with a boxer for 8 weeks and then compete at an event for a cancer related charity.
This is exactly what I wanted, a chance to start off new with another bunch of novices at the ripe old age (for boxing) of 19. The 8 weeks were fantastic. Raising money for a great cause and experiencing the thrill of getting into the squared circle was a life enhancing time for me. Added privilege to the evening was fighting with former unified Super Bantamweight World champion Carl Frampton at ringside.
My interest skyrocketed after the bout. I continued training with the gym coach and I have trained in the army reserves that I am currently serving in. I watch boxing clips constantly in my spare time, watching new fights, old fights, fight analysis, and fight gossip on social media or the press. I always have my ear to the ground on what’s going on and I am very excited with the current climate of British boxing today.
I am delighted to start writing for British Boxers and I hope you enjoy what I have to say.