Exciting young debutant Dan Cooper, 20-years-old from Lincoln, kicks off his pro career against Brummie boxer Shane Dragonslayer on March 26th in a four-round cruiserweight contest in Worksop.
Managed by Scott Calow, the former unlicensed star gets his first paid test against the 27-year-old Birmingham boxer this weekend at North Notts Arena in Nottinghamshire.
The youngster talked to BBN ahead of his pro bow:
What made you want to start boxing?
“I was actually kind of pushed forward into it really. First time I went into a gym was at Impact Fight Academy run by Greg Darmon, a world champion kickboxer, who did a hell of a lot for me and I'm very grateful to him. I was only there for three months before I had my first fight. I went there in December 2012 then fought on March 9th
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“James Toney, Tommy Hearns and Carl Froch; they’re really the big ones.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“Stopped the lad in the fourth round and he was unbeaten at the time. It was a four two-minute rounds bout for my first fight.”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
I had 21 unlicensed fights, I won 19 and stopped 17 of them.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“I was sparring in Mansfield against Conaire Seary where Scott Calow my manager spotted me.”
What team do you have around you?
“I’ve got Lincoln City FC physio and strength and conditioning coach Kevin Oxby putting me through my paces. Scott Callow is my manager and Adam Butler is my coach. Lincoln Fight Factory let me train in their gym quite often and I’d like to thank all my sponsors Paul Waldeck, Baker Plant Hire
from Sleaford, John Harris Property, P & P French Tree Services
, Smith Construction
, BN Lettings
, New Image Gym
, 3E International, DK Construction, Total Sports and Supplements
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I been asked a couple of times but don’t really know how to describe it so I couldn’t really tell you. I think I’m quite technical and I prefer to box than brawl.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“I’ll be humble and just say I want to climb as high up as I can.”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“Saturday March 26th
in Worksop. I will have 110 in support. Loudest will either be my mother or the group of lads I grew up with.”
What fight would you really like to see happen this year?
“Love to see Kell v Khan!”
For tickets to the debut fight please call: 07763 946 840