Unbeaten Irishman Rohan Date (6-0-1, 5KOs) will be back in the ring on December 15 at the York Hall on British Warriors Boxing’s ‘Christmas Carnage’ show.
The Manchester-born Irish national shares the card with teammates Nick Webb (1-13) and George Lamport (6-0) from Guildford City Gym.
Formerly based in Dubai, Date said, “I’m living in London for now, my next fight after December will be in February in Ireland then I’ll be back in London for March time looking to fight again.
“I was hoping to fight in February for the Irish or BUI title back in my home town in Waterford in Ireland, but I need to get eight-rounds in to be eligible, but it’s a packed card on December 15 so I’ll just be in a six-rounder.
“I want to fight for the BUI or Irish title next, four boxers been offered it and all said no. I’ll be fighting in championships at light-welter but I want to get a title at welterweight first of all.
“You need eight rounds to be eligible so trying to put myself in a position for titles now.”
The heavy-hitter has five stoppages from six wins and has a acquired a taste for knockouts.
He affirmed, “Yeah it has turned out that way. If I’m fighting someone and I don’t like them then that’s the end of it. I’ll be friends after but before the fight, we are not friends. That’s my mentality going into a fight. I’m not happy unless I get a knockout.
“When I first came over to London last May, I went to a few shows and saw lads hitting lads but not putting them out. I’ve learnt now to pace it, at first I was looking to blast people out in the first round, but now I like to pace myself so I’ve got power for the later rounds.
“In the amateurs, I tried to be skillful and use my technique and the power will come, but now I’m pro I’m starting to see how it works for me, now I’m not leaving it to the cards, I’m taking them out!”
Date trains at the Guildford City Gym with trainer Johnny Edwards.
In his last bout he defeated Dutch national champion Innocent Anyanwu (25-38-3, 15KOs) via a second-round stoppage on October 27 in Southsea.
His one result that didn’t end in a victory was a stalemate with unbeaten super-welterweight Wes Smith (3-0) from Cornwall.
Date was a standout amateur claiming seven Irish national titles, the prestigious Haringey Box Cup twice, culminating in winning the World Golden Gloves in 2013.
Aged 20, the outstanding amateur champion walked away from boxing and moved to Dubai and it wasn’t until three years later in 2016 that he returned to the sport and is now aged 25 and unbeaten in seven.
The Irish native said, “I was out of the ring for three years so I’m just getting back into the swing of things still. I want to go as far as I can and leave a legacy behind in Irish boxing.”
Teammates Nick Webb (13-1) and George Lamport (6-0) share the bill on December 15 with Date.
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