This installation of Debut Corner features Thai-boxer turned pro boxer, Max Lovell.
The 21-year-old middleweight from Bedford takes on 28-year-old Sussex journeyman, Liam Griffiths over four rounds at London's York Hall on a Goodwin Promotions show.
Here's what he had to say...
What made you want to start boxing?
It begun through an interest in mixed martial arts. I started in training in Thai-boxing and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu at 16 and fell in love with the striking part of the sport. I did really well in Thai-boxing winning titles such as the WBC British title. I then moved into boxing due to injuries and for a better future and haven’t looked back!”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“There isn’t really one fighter in particular, however I love watching fighters such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, and Floyd Mayweather. I prefer to watch fights where one fighter completely dominates the opponent with skill and class much more than watching a back and forth war.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I was 16-years-old when I had my first Thai-boxing fight against a very well built 24-year-old. I won the fight on convincingly on points in a fast-paced fight and was instantly obsessed.”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
I didn’t have any amateur boxing fights. I started off competing in Thai-boxing and over three years I won the WBC British title and EKBF Commonwealth title. I then injured my ankle during training which took me into boxing. I had 17 white collar fights and in the year of 2014 I won 11 of 11 fights. The injury was really a blessing in disguise as I feel boxing holds a great future for me now.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“I was doing really well in white collar fights, fighting experienced opponents but still felt like I needed more of a challenge. I have sparred with good undefeated pro boxers and feel comfortable in the ring with them and feel I am ready to join the pro ranks.”
What team do you have around you?
“My trainer Nigel Howlett who has been my trainer since I started training at 16. Nigel has helped me to always continue to progress my boxing ability and to increase my confidence I’m how far I can go in the sport. I also have Lui La Mura as my manager and believe Lui will help to get me the right fights to progress my career. Goodwin Promotions will be my promoters who put on many great shows and will help to get my name out there.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I am quite versatile in my approach to boxing, I feel confident and effective both on the front foot and on the back foot. I always adapt to the opponent put in front of me.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“My ultimate goal is to reach the top. I think boxing is a sport that you should only be in if you believe you can reach the top, and I believe with the right training and management I can.”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
My first fight is on the 13th June at York hall show promoted by Goodwin Promotions. We have a big support coming from Bedfordshire and I am feeling better than ever for this fight, it’s looking to be a great night!”
For tickets to the debut fight please call: 07702 561715 or Nigel Howlett on: 07810 315661
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