Jacob Watts talks to a man who never shirks a challenge
‘GENNADY GOLOVKIN WAS GOOD AT EVERYTHING. HE WAS FIT, COULD GIVE A PUNCH AND TAKE A PUNCH’
When and why you started boxing:
I always had a pair of boxing gloves on when I was a kid. I started because of my old trainer, John Chisnall. He took me to the gym when I was seven.
Favourite all-time fighter:
Julio Cesar Chavez, but Nigel Benn was a hero of mine growing up too.
Best fight you’ve seen:
Benn versus Gerald Mcclellan, and also Jamie Moore against Matthew Macklin. Unbelievable fights.
Personal career highlight:
Fighting Sergio Martinez in Argentina. The whole experience was just something else.
Gennady Golovkin. His variety of punches, coming from different angles. He was good at everything. He was fit, could give a punch, take a punch, and he cut the ring off well.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My best one is my work ethic, but it’s also my worst one as well, as sometimes I train too much.
Just work hard. Get in the gym and just graft your balls off. Take me for example, what I’ve lacked in talent I’ve made up for in hard work.
I do like a nice steak and a glass of red wine every now and again.
Best friends in boxing:
Oliver Harrison, Jamie Moore, Rocky Fielding and Alex Matvienko. I’m also good mates with Tony Bellew, Derry Mathews and David Price.
Other sportsman you would like to be:
Who’s the highest-paid sportsman?! You know what, I’ll say the man of
Age: 34 Twitter: @Martinmurraybox Nickname: n/a Height: 6ft Nationality: English From: St Helens Stance: Orthodox Record: 35-4-1 (16) Division: Middleweight Titles: British, Commonwealth, Interim WBA &
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