Get to Know…Anto Upton

Published On Tuesday, July 5, 2016By
ng>Name: Anthony Upton Record: 12-1 Weight: Super-lightweight Born: London Residence: Manchester DOB: 15/01/1992 Nickname? Anto Favourite current boxer? “Kell Brook. I also like Sergey Kovalev a lot but I’m not sure about him fighting Andre Ward; what a fight!” Favourite all-time boxer? “Mike Tyson.” Favourite fight? “Naseem Hamed v Marco Antonio Barrera.” Boxing clubs? “Amateurs – Hornchurch, Elm Park, Dagenham, Dale Youth, West Ham, Golden Cobra, Westside, Holy Family Golden Gloves with Jerry Storey.” Amateur honours? “I won four Dublin titles, two Leinster titles, two Antrim titles, five Irish national titles, Irish Under-21’s title, Four Nations Gold medal, European Bronze medal, Multi-Nations Gold medal, President’s Box Cup Bronze medal.” Biggest achievement in boxing? “Getting to represent Ireland, my country, would be the biggest and proudest achievement.” Toughest ever opponent? “Hardest fight as an amateur would be against a French guy in the President’s Box Cup in 2009, and as a pro it will have to be Joe Hughes.” Goals in boxing? “I want to walk away knowing I’ve done everything I could have done and have no regrets.” Retirement age? “When it feels like the right time.” Team? “My trainers are Ricky Hatton, Mike Jackson, and Blane Younis; my brothers Paul, Sonny, James, Thomas, my father Tony; my managers Anto Fitzgerald and Daniel Kinahan; my masseur Dale Austin, my close friend and sponsor Andy Walton of Warm Front; The Meat Man; Tully Tyres; Phil Welsh does all my meal preps; my son and my girlfriend are a big part of my boxing, they support me a lot.” Anthony Upton Boxing style? “Slick switch-hitter.” Ring walk song? “KC & Sunshine Band - Give It Up.” Pre-fight rituals? “I always have a little talk to my nan and my friend Eammon Magee.” Favourite brand of gloves? “To train in, I love wearing Winning; to fight in, it's Grants.” Best venue? “When I was an amateur, it was in Azerbaijan; it was unreal, the place was massive and it was packed.” Favourite football team? “Celtic FC.” Anto Celtic shirt Irish flag 2 Other sports? “Football, I’ll watch UFC if it’s Connor McGregor because I think he’s great but I don’t really like otherwise. I like watching the rugby like the Fur Nations competition and stuff like that.” Favourite holiday destination? “Marbella.” Favourite TV programme? “Prison Break.” Favourite film? “Ransom.” Favourite actor? “Denzel Washington.” Favourite food? “I love a Chinese, if I was going out for food would have to be Nando’s, can’t beat it.” Favourite brands? “I wear plain tracksuits all the time but anything else would be Ralph Lauren and Moncler.” Favourite superhero? “Hulk, same as my son.” Anto with Kyle on shoulders - cropped Last tune you downloaded? “A friend of me and my brothers – DJ Tez, been listening to a mix of his on Soundcloud.” Best subject at school? “Geography.” Worst subject at school? “Maths.” Phobias? “Hate spiders!” Motto? “Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” Next fight? “Sunday 24th July at Chase Leisure Centre, Cannock, Staffordshire against Luke Paddock for the vacant English super-lightweight title.” What fight do you want to see happen this year? “I’d love to see Golovkin v Canelo and I’d also love to see James DeGale and George Groves meet again.” If you could fight anyone, past or present, who would it be? “Naseem Hamed.” Predictions? “Billy Joe Saunders to beat Gennady Golovkin, if they ever meet.” Tell us something that not many people know about you? “I don’t have OCD but I’m a clean freak. I love my stuff being all neat and tidy, and clean. I also shower about four times a day! I don’t know why; I just love being clean!” Twitter? @antouptonjr Next Fight: AU v LP Fight Poster