Get to know...Luke Blackledge

Published On Wednesday, June 17, 2015By
Name: Luke Blackledge Record: W19 L2 D2 Weight: Super-middleweight Born: Clitheroe, Lancashire Residence: Darwen, Lancashire DOB: 06/08/1990 Nickname? “Robbo” Favourite current boxer? “Canelo Alvarez.” Favourite all-time boxer? “Sugar Ray Robinson, more recently I really liked Steve Collins.” Favourite fight? “Mike Tyson v Evander Holyfield.” Amateur clubs? “I started off at 15-years-old at Combat Club in Southport run by Paddy Durkin, the next one was in Accrington called Kokora Boxing with Jason Curtis and that was my coach for my first professional fights, he got me to 10-0 and I had all my unlicensed fights with him as well and I only lost two out of 60 fights. I moved to a different area and started training at Stirk Gym with Kevin Maree and was with him for a year. I’ve been with Alex Matvienko for about a year now and based at Elite Gym in Bolton.” Amateur honours? “I had 60 fights in the unlicensed. I lost my very first fight to a home decision and then lost in the final of a Prizefighter tournament where the opponent got a bye to the final so he didn’t fight just before like me, he went straight into the final but I had a rematch with him about 12 months later and knocked him out!” Goals in boxing? “When I first started boxing, it was to keep me off the streets and my dream was always to be British champion, now it’s to win it outright and to fight for a world title.” Retirement age? “To be honest I love fighting and I love competing, I’ll retire when I can’t stand up anymore.” Team? “Alex Matvienko is my trainer and my gym is Elite Boxing in Bolton. Manager is Steve Wood. My sponsors are AJ Wood Ltd, SAGraphics Ltd, Natural Sports Food, New Age Hydrophonics, Home Run Chicken & Pizza, and PR Manager Tim Rickson Boxing style? “Bit of a mix, I come forward, I’m a pressure-fighter, got a bit of a Mexican style.” Ring walk song? “It’s always mixed my ring walk song, last fight was Eminem and 2Pac.” Favourite types of gloves? “Grants.” Toughest ever opponent? “The Prizefighter night in the unlicensed where I had three fights in one night. That was the toughest thing I’ve ever done.” Best venue? “Probably King George’s Hall just because it’s in my hometown because that’s where I won the WBC belt and the Commonwealth.” Favourite football team? “Blackburn Rovers FC.” Other sports? “I like watching UFC and I used to do a bit of grappling and MMA, I even had a few kickboxing fights once.” Best friends in boxing? “With my trainer the most, Alex grafting with him all the time so I see him the most.” Favourite holiday destination? “Thailand.” Favourite TV programme? “I don’t really watch TV.” Favourite film? “Chappie.” Favourite actor? “Robert DeNiro.” Favourite book? “The Guv’nor by Lenny McLean.” Favourite music? “Rap music.” Favourite food? “Chinese.” Favourite gadget? “IPod or iPhone.” Favourite brands? “Adidas.” Favourite superhero? “Batman.” Phobias? “Spiders.” First job you ever had? “Labourer.” If you wasn’t a boxer, what would you be? “Fireman.” Proudest achievement? “Winning the Commonwealth title.” Motto? “I always tell everyone that I’m a machine!” Next fight? “24th July at Liverpool Olympia.” What fight do you want to see happen this year? “Kell Brook v Amir Khan.” If you could fight anyone, past or present, who would it be? “I’d like to fight Arthur Abraham for his world title.” Website? http://www.lukeblackledge.co.uk/ Twitter? @LukeBlackledge [caption id="attachment_5302" align="alignnone" width="300"]

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