Middleweight Champion of the World
I started boxing when I was 9. I had 120 amateur
fights. I won 4 schoolboy ABA titles and 3 senior
ABA titles at different weights. I turned professional
in 1993, making my debut on the same billing
as the Lennox Lewis v Frank Bruno fight. I’ve
had 32 fights and won all of them; 27 were knockouts.
I won the World Super Middleweight title in
I go into full training 8 weeks before a fight.
I train twice a day for 6 days a week. I go
running in the morning for about 6 miles and
then do 2 hours training in the gym in the afternoon.
I also have to watch my diet to make the weight
for a fight. I eat lots of vegetables, pasta
- high carbohydrate, low fat. You have to be
Winning my first British ABA title at 13. My
father trained me and showed me I had talent.
Like all kids, I played football and enjoyed
myself but, from then on, I focused and took
the sport much more seriously.
Beating Chris Eubank and winning the World Super
Middleweight title was obviously very important
to me. I knocked him down in the first round
but it continued and it was a hard fight. I
won on points. I’ve had 9 defences at the world
title and each of those is obviously a highlight!
In 1999, I only had 2 fights in a year and I
had a lot of injury problems.
from the top:
You need to be dedicated in this sport. You
have to make a lot of sacrifices like going
out with your friends. I’ve had to be disciplined
from an early age. It’s a hard sport - you’re
on your own in the ring! It’s natural to get
psyched up before a fight. You think about all
of the hard work and that tunes your body and
your mind as well! You have to be focused before
you get in the ring. It’s a sport and I go in
to win. I think 100% positive and that’s why
I’m the World Champion. I have used the talents
I was blessed with. You have to give 100% respect
to your opponent. I never underestimate anyone.