Debut Corner with Chris Matthews

Published On Sunday, April 19, 2015By Tim Rickson

Debut Corner with Maidstone man Chris Matthews

BBN make the short trip to Maidstone to catch up with 20-year-old super-featherweight debutant, Chris Matthews.

The young prospect makes his pro bow in Gillingham on July 11th along with two other Kent locals in Dave Jones from the Isle of Sheppey and Edward Leach from the coastal town of Margate.  

Current Southern Area lightweight champion, Adam Dingsdale headlines the Medway show promoted by former pro, Joe Elfidh and features top super-middleweight prospect, Grant -Go-Getter' Dennis.

Here's what the likeable Matthews had to say:


What made you want to start boxing?

“I started boxing when I was 10. I came past the hall in Eastbourne where boxing was going on and thought that I would like to do that. My dad used to box so I started at that club, Hailsham ABC.”


Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?

“My boxing heroes growing up were Amir Khan and Kevin Mitchell.” 


How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?

“My first bout was in Brighton, aged 12 and I won” How well did you do in the amateurs? “I won my first five fights. In total, I had about 25 and only lost six.”


What made you decide to turn pro?

"I have always wanted to be a champion one day. I train everyday and have done for years. My aim has always been to go pro and now I can be a champ with a lot of hard work.” 


What team do you have around you?

“I have a good team around me, there’s Joe Elfidh, Martin Hillman and my brother Dave as my team.”


What sort of fighting style do you have?

“I am an aggressive fighter, I like a good tear up!”


What ambitions do you have for your pro career?

“It’s champion all the way now.”


When is your first fight and who will be there in support?

“My debut fight is on 11th July at Medway Park, Gillingham, Kent. I have a big crowd of family and friends, they will all be there to support me. I have a good sponsor in Razz Tutt from Bower Lane Tyres in Maidstone.”


Any message for the fans?

“My fans will see a good fight and I'm here to win.”


For tickets to the debut fight please call: 07511 680092