Edinburgh's top amateur boxer, Jason Easton, is now about to grace the pro ranks on September 5th at Ravenscraig Sports Centre in Motherwell.
The 24-year-old light-welterweight enjoyed a glittering amateur career representing Team Scotland many times and has ditched the opportunity to compete at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to realise his dream as a professional.
Here's what the talented youngster had to say...
What made you want to start boxing?
My uncle Neil used to take me along to boxing when I was 11-years-old but football was all I wanted to do, at the time. At the age of 15 I wanted to get stronger at football so I went back too boxing, got a few fights and wins then fell in love with the sport.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“Sugar Ray Leonard was definitely my hero growing up! Amazing hand speed and foot work, was great to watch and to learn from.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I had my first fight at the age of 15 and won unanimously also giving my opponent a standing count, I stood in the corner not knowing what to do!”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
I had about 103 fights winning about 70. I was the Scottish Senior champ and three times Eastern District champ. I’m honoured to have boxed all over the world with Team Scotland.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“I was in two minds of staying amateur to try and qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast or to turn pro.
I felt as though Gold Coast date was a bit far away as I'm 24 at the moment and I didn't want to leave turning pro too late. Felt that it was definitely the right thing to do.”
What team do you have around you?
“I am managed by no other than Billy Nelson. Main coach is Kenny McCartney who has been like my best mate since I was 15, he has done awful lot for me and is an amazing coach! Gary Young is my assistant coach and former professional boxer in 21 contests so he has been there and done it all! John Keenan does all my strength and conditioning and putting all his time and effort into making me the fittest and strongest I can be, so glad he is part of the team. I feel very lucky to have such a great team behind me.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“I would love to be able to work my way through the ranks and hopefully reach British / World title level. I feel if I continue to dedicate myself to the sport then I can do so. Got to dream big.”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“My first pro fight is on the 5th September in Ravenscraig Sports Centre. All my friends, family and Craig Millar boxing club will be there too support me as they always do. Best support in the world, love them all!”
Tell us something that many people know about you?
“I taught MJ how to moonwalk!”
For tickets to the show call 01698 338 888
or visit www.prospectboxing.co.uk
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