BBN caught up with ABA finalist, Nathan McGarry after receiving his pro boxers licence as he awaits a date for his pro box on a Glyn Rhodes show any day now.
The likeable 18-year-old super-bantamweight from Doncaster who goes by the title of Team Motor due to his energetic ability tells us about the family connection to boxing, his hero growing up and fighting style in the ring.
What made you want to start boxing?
“My dad used to box so I think it’s just in the blood, the first time he took me on the pads I was addicted.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
Ricky Hatton, I just loved how he gave it 100% every fight, and the fan base he had was amazing!”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I was 12 years old and unfortunately lost by a majority decision.”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
“I had over 40 fights in the amateurs and in 2010 I reached the ABA final.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“I know I've got all the experience and skills needed for the pro ranks and when my trainer (Steve Slaney) asked me to turn pro it only took me a day or two to know it was the right decision.”
What team do you have around you?
“My trainer is Steve Slaney and my manager is Glyn Rhodes MBE. Two very experienced professionals.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I'm a bit of an all-rounder, sometimes I like fighting on the inside and sometimes I like fighting long, just depends on who’s in front of me, but I like to be fast and sharp.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
I want to go all the way, I'm not in this profession to make up the numbers, for now my realistic target is to get an area title.”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
I havent yet got a fight date but it will be on Glyn Rhodes show and if you follow me on twitter @Mcgarry_Nathan then I will let everyone know. I will have a big crowd coming along to watch.”
Any message for the fans?
“I just want the fans to know I'm grateful for the support and for following me on my journey and I will give 100% every fight.”
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