Londoner, Nick Parpa makes his pro bow on American Independence Day in the country's capital at the home of boxing - York Hall.
The 23-year-old cruiserweight fights over four three minute rounds on the same show that features the rematch between unbeaten welterweight, Freddie Turner and challenger to his Southern Area title, Kris Agyei-Dua.
Here's what he had to say...
What made you want to start boxing?
I remember growing up as a kid buying my very first boxing game on play station, it was called Mike Tyson heavyweight boxing. After playing it, I knew that I wanted to become a boxer.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
My boxing hero growing up is my idol Mike Tyson. Mike inspired me with his ferocious style and his animal mentality. He was the man and I idolised him.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I started boxing training at the age of 15 but didn't have my first amateur fight until I was 18. I won my first fight against a much older man, I was always big for my age.”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
In the amateurs I had around 25 fights, losing 4 fights, all on points. I have never been knocked down or stopped.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“I decided to turn pro when I first met my coach Don Charles, when he first saw my sparring and told me that my style was very pro and would suit the professional game better than the amateurs. At this point I decided that I was ready after gaining great experience as an amateur.”
What team do you have around you?
“I have an amazing team around me, from my manager to my family and friends and coach, everyone plays a part in my career. My coach Don Charles has developed me tremendously in such a short period of time working with him. I believe he is one of the best boxing coaches in the world.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“My coach says that I am the closest thing he has seen to Mike Tyson since he retired. As a cruiserweight I am only 5'11" making me short compared to the average cruiserweight in height but I don't think any boxer has legs like mine. So my style is similar to Tyson's because we are built similar and being the shorter man means having to make them miss to get in close to be affective.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
I have a lot of ambition for my pro career. I know everyone says they want to become a world champion but I agree with that mentality. Why do this sport and risk your life if your not ambitious enough to go all the way. So there is my answer, I would like to become a world champion and I believe I can, especially with the team I have now, the sky's the limit.”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
I am making my professional boxing debut on Saturday July 4th at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green. I have never been so ready to finally make my pro debut. I am excited.”
Any message for the fans?
“I would like to say a big thank you to all my family and friends that believe in me and have bought a ticket to come and support me on the night. I really appreciate every single person.”
For tickets to my debut on Saturday July 4th at York Hall, Bethnal Green, please feel free to call: 07952 904485
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