South London lightweight boxer, Danny Parsons is the focus for today's Debut Corner feature.
The Queensbury Boxing League champion is just 21-years-old signed to Goodwin Promotions and makes his pro bow on America's biggest national holiday, 4th July.
The Kingston-Upon-Thames resident talks to us about his boxing background, his ambitions to become the British champion and his first ever fight at 14-years-old against...Muhammed Ali!
What made you want to start boxing?
“I got into a few fights at school and my mate Alex said to come to his boxing club if I like fighting so I went to Battersea ABC and haven’t looked back since.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“Around that time I really got into Ricky Hatton and he became my favouite boxer. I even got the Ricky Hatton Lonsdale boots.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I was 14 when I had my first fight and, believe it not, my opponent was named Muhammed Ali! I’d only been training a couple months and came up short but I loved it and had a massive buzz for boxing then.”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
“I boxed in the Senior ABA’s twice and got to the London stages losing to the defending London champion by majority decision in my first attempt. I was only 17 so I took the experience and then I lost the following year on points to ABA finalist, Stephan Corcoran. I had about 17 fights in total.
What made you decide to turn pro?
“I didn’t think the amateur style, at the time, suited the way I boxed so I had a go on the Queensbury Boxing League and was undefeated and fought on Eurosport a few times.
After doing all I could in the League, I felt it was right to turn pro and give it a proper go as it’s always been my dream to do so, I then signed with Steve Goodwin and am very happy to be a part of Goodwin Promotions as they have been really good to me so far.”
What team do you have around you?
“I was with my long-term trainer, Raymond Macintosh from Battersea ABC for years but due to moving and work, I just couldn’t get to the gym enough that a professional boxer should so we decided to part ways but I’m grateful for everything that he done for me as he got me to the position to turn pro and I couldn’t have done it without him.
More local to myself, I knew Adam Martin who also trains former Southern Area champ, Tony Owen and Craig Whyatt. We had a few sessions together and I was really happy with the training so we decided to train together and I’m very pleased with what we have been doing so far.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I’ve always been a very aggressive, come-forward fighter. I always come to fight, I have to wake up the next day knowing that I gave it everything I could – win, lose or draw. Adam Martin and I have just been working on sharpening everything up.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“I’m a realistic person and I’m honest with myself so I won’t say I’m going to become a world champion, I’m just here to give it everything and see where boxing takes me. I’d love to win a Lonsdale belt above anything as it’s the nicest belt in boxing so that’s what I’ll be aiming for!”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“My debut will be the 4th
July at York hall, I have a lot of family in Essex who always come down and support me and my mum and dad, brother and sisters and my partner come to every single fight plus all my friends. It’s always the same loyal people that show up and I’m really grateful to them for the support over the years and I hope to make them proud.”
Any message for the fans?
“If the fans want to see a proper fight then you can’t go wrong watching me, I’m a fighter, as simple as that.”
For tickets to the debut fight please call: 07780 453467