Debut Corner today features comeback kid, Bradley Smith.
Disillusioned with amateur boxing at 17-years-old, the St. Ives fighter decided to take an indefinite break from the sport but has now gone completely full circle and turned professional with Goodwin Promotions under the tutelage of respected coach, Barry Smith.
English lightweight champion, Tommy Martin was a key factor in changing his mate's mind by dragging him down to London to train with his team.
Here's what the 18-year-old super-featherweight had to say...
What made you want to start boxing?
“Well I done a bit of Thai boxing when I was about nine-years-old but always used my hands so my dad took me down to the boxing gym and it went from there.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“Ricky Hatton, he was a national hero and had the best fans in the world!”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I was 11 and I won! That's one fight that I’ll never forget.”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
“I got to two national semi-finals, won the Eastern Counties title four times and the Midlands title once.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“I had enough of the amateurs and boxing altogether and was going to quit but my good friend, Tommy Martin told me to go to London and train as a pro with him for a week and I fell back in love with the sport.”
What team do you have around you?
“I have a quality team around me! My coach is Barry Smith and my manager is Steve Goodwin. I'm constantly around champion and I'm always learning!”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I'm a counterpuncher.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“I've always said that I'd love to win a British title so that's my main aim!”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“July 4th, a big army will be there, I've always sold a few tickets even in the amateurs.”
Any message for the fans?
at York Hall, Bethnal Green. I’ll make a huge statement in the super-featherweight division.”
For tickets to the debut fight please call: 07801 996990
Watch the iFL interview with Tommy Martin, Bradley Smith and Freddie Turner here...