The most exciting part of my job is… show days – from arriving at the venue and soaking up the buzz to watching the fight. We have a brilliant team at Sky Sports Boxing and there’s a lot of banter amongst us. If the fight’s on the Saturday night, we’ll be there for the weigh-in on Friday, then Saturday is spent prepping and checking in with each other, as we’re all responsible for working together to bring the fights to a global audience. Fight night is always a late finish, so I’ll head home on Sunday and go straight to bed.
For most shows I’ll wear... a suit from Owen Scott Bespoke. They usually make me four or five bespoke suits each year. I particularly like a three-piece number. I get my shirts from Tailored Athlete as they do extra-large sizes to suit people of my build. They’re brilliant and fit really well. For a workout, I’ll wear Under Armour and Nike trainers. I love a tracksuit, which means I’m usually in gym gear throughout the day.
I am currently working on… the upcoming boxing fixtures. March and April are really busy for the sport, so I’m really looking forward to the lineup ahead. This weekend, it’s the big one: Tyson Fury’s rematch with Deontay Wilder in Vegas. In their first fight, Tyson was clearly the better boxer, but it was also obvious Wilder was one of the best heavyweight punchers. Now I’d say he’s the best. I fancy Tyson on points this time. But, if Tyson doesn’t win on points, then he’s been KO’d by Wilder.
My worst day at work… happened when I was fighting – and lost. I lost most of my early fights. I never wanted to be a boxer. I just followed my brother to the gym because I wanted to make friends. I had no natural boxing talent but a brilliant trainer and mentor – Brendan Ingle – who is the man who made me world champion. He was a true inspiration to me and I learnt a lot from him, both in and out of the ring. He taught me a lot about human nature. He passed away last year, but there are a lot of lessons that I still repeat today. He was a good man.
My proudest moment… was becoming world champion. I shocked everyone, but it was down to sheer discipline and determination. Nowadays I feel very lucky to work at Sky Sports because I get to be part of my sport every day. I love boxing, have made brilliant friends as a result, and still get to mentor people coming into the sport today. Boxing has an incredible community and I’m honoured to be part of it.
When I was little I thought I would be... a dancer. That’s as far as my mum was concerned anyway – she didn’t know I was going to boxing with my older brother because I told her I was going to dance classes.
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