BBN chew the fat with Hemel Hempstead lightweight debutant boxer, Mickey Diggin.
The 26-year-old talent makes his pro bow on Goodwin Promotions' bumper bill of boxing on Independence Day with headlining fight featuring the eagerly awaited rematch between unbeaten welterweight, Freddie Turner and challenger to his Southern Area crown, Kris Agyei-Dua.
Here's what Diggy had to say...
What made you want to start boxing?
"I grew up with a younger brother who was always bigger than me and, as most lads will know, you learn to fight with brothers.
I went to the gym when I left school but I remember I started taking it seriously after watching Joe Calzaghe do what he did to Jeff Lacy and being hooked."
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
"As I said before, Joe Calzaghe started it off, I loved his speed, boxing ability and style. I also loved your Hearn's, Hagler's, Leonard's and Duran's and that era of boxing."
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
"I was 21 and I remember I boxed a skilful boy from Luton in Luton and I didn't expect it but all the lads turned out and the noise was unreal - I won by decision."
How well did you do in the amateurs?
"I had 20 odd fights with a 50/50 record, beat some real good boys but also lost fights I shouldn't have through not being in the gym enough with work."
What made you decide to turn pro?
"I wasn't getting any younger and I got a lot of bad decisions and I always knew in my mind that boxing professionally was what I wanted to do as I didnt give myself much time to make an impact in the amateurs what with starting so late."
What team do you have around you?
"I'm training with Andy Smith who was a top amateur and now a top trainer, Steve Goodwin is my manager and has been great with me. Also my old amateur coach, Paddy Loughran is still a part of things and without him I wouldnt be in boxing. I also have my friends and family and girlfriend who are very supportive and are behind me 100%"
What sort of fighting style do you have?
"I have always been a boxer/ puncher who relied a lot on countering but I'm working to be a bit more aggressive and mix things up."
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
"Of course, I want to be the best and I'd like to show with hard work you can make it to the top you don't just need to be an Olympian (although it does help). My early ambitions are to win an Irish title for my late granddad, Black Mike and my lovely grandmother who isn't very well, Hannie Mae, I promise I will bring that title back to Ballyduff, Kerry, Ireland!"
When is your first fight and how are you feeling?
"July 4th at York Hall, I'm feeling great, I've trained hard, I'm in great shape and I'm confident of putting on a great show."
Any message for the fans?
"A massive thanks for always supporting me and being there, it means the world. At this stage of your career, if you don't sell tickets then you don't fight and I appreciate it so much, it doesn't get forgotten."
For tickets to the debut fight please call: 07463 951 661
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