BBN visit Nottingham to catch up with Welshman Carwyn Herbert ahead of his pro bow on December 5th.
The 26-year-old, nicknamed 'Cazelo', talks about training with Fidel Castro, his amateur and unlicensed background, mistaken identities, and being inspired to box by Jean Claude Van Damme and Joe Calzaghe!
Here's what he had to say...
What made you want to start boxing?
“I think the answer everyone should put here is having a screw loose! You have to be in this sport!
I loved Jean Claude Van Damme movies growing up. I switched to boxing when Frank Warren's boys were on TV in the early noughties, I saw Calzaghe’s clinic of Lacy and then I was hooked. The next day I started running”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“Being Welsh, it had to be Joe Calzaghe, his will to win was incredible and he always found a way. I also liked the boxers who wouldn’t get so much of the limelight such as Jamie Moore and Michael Jennings.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I was 19 when I had my first amateur bout and I lost a tear-up on points. I woke up the next day feeling like I had been run over by a bus!”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
“I had 38 fights altogether and lost nine. I did some unlicensed too. I won some novice amateur titles and some unlicensed/semi pro titles along the way too. Even won an unlicensed/semi pro prizefighter.
I started boxing at Cardigan ABC in West Wales, but I vastly improved after relocating and training at the Jawaid Khaliq Boxing Academy in Nottingham.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“There are no amateur boxing movies. No one starts boxing to become an amateur, I'd always wanted to be a pro boxer and been doing well when sparring professionals so it feels like as good a time as any to turn pro.”
What team do you have around you?
“I am going to be trained and cornered by Fidel Castro Smith, and I am going to have a manager and promoter called Damian Hucker, who will be running his own shows.
I will continue to train at the Jawaid Khaliq boxing academy, Fidel will be training me there after the amateur sessions.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“Is winning a style? I’ve asked for help on this question from people around me and I keep getting different answers. So the cliché answer is to be able to box a few styles. I’d call myself a boxer-fighter.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“I just want to win. And if I keep winning the rest takes care of itself. A few titles I hope, ”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“My first fight is on December 5th at Ruschliffe Leisure Centre in Nottingham. Due to the distance none of my family are able to make it (the letdowns). However, I will have friends, work colleagues and gym mates there in support.”
Tell us something that not many people know about you?
“I was genuinely mistaken for Ed Sheeran at the Ricky Burns v Michael Katsidas show at Wembley Arena. A group of Scottish kids didn't believe I wasn't him so I had to get my picture taken with them just to keep them quiet."
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