BBN are in Middlesex today to talk to 31-year-old light-welterweight debutant, Andrew Joicey ahead of his debut on May 16th at York Hall, London.
The Steve Goodwin fighter is a product of the hugely successful Queensbury Boxing League run by former English champion, Ross Minter and business partner, Alan Foley.
The likeable lightweight is looking to make many memories in his forthcoming pro career, here's what he had to say...
What made you want to start boxing?
“I always had an interest in sports, used to play rugby but gave up due to too many injuries, and decided boxing would be better for me, lol!”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“We all followed Ricky Hatton's career but I am attracted to exciting fighters, people who come forward and put it all on the line, Michael Katsidis was always good to watch even when he lost. He always travelled and took on tough fights.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I was 22 and when I had my first amateur fight, fought a taller, bigger lad from Epsom and Ewell, I won but all I remember was sitting on the step outside the Camden Centre, trying to cool down and recover, I really pushed myself to the limit.”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
“I never really had that many amateur fights but I was fortunate enough to go Las Vegas with Dale Youth and Finchley, and Denmark to the HSK Box Cup.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“I wanted to do something in boxing before I got too old, make some memories and test myself again.”
What team do you have around you?
“I'm based out of RJ’'s Gym but train all over and get good work when I can.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I'm short, so I like to get close and work. My style is still evolving, I’m working on lots of new things with my trainer, Rod Julian.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“I just want to test myself and find out how good I can be when I put boxing first.”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“I'm getting lots of support from old friends and new. I would love everyone to be there as it's going to be a great night of boxing, I'm just really happy I get to share the night with some great fighters, was really excited to find out the ‘The Pexican’ Johnny Garton was on the same night, he's one to watch out for.”
Any message for the fans?
“Come see me May 16th, York hall, tickets can be purchased from the iBox website.”
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