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‘TRY TO ENJOY TRAINING. AND DON’T SPAR TOO MUCH. YOU ONLY HAVE ONE BRAIN’ Kieran Gething
When and why you started boxing:
I first started when I was 12 years old. My brother went to the gym before me and said he had trouble with bullies there, so I thought I could help! There’s also a long history of boxing in my family.
Favourite all-time fighter:
Sugar Ray Robinson because of the way he transformed the sport and made fighters change how they did everything. It’s the same as Vasyl Lomachenko is doing now.
Best fight you’ve seen:
Any fight involving Lomachenko. His movement, the way he punches, the amount of shots he throws – he’s just a different animal.
Personal career highlight:
Emulating my late father by winning the Welsh senior title as an amateur.
It has to be Kevin Mccauley [d pts 4 – November 2016 & w pts 6 – December 2017]. With all the hard fights he’s had and the punches he’s taken, he’s certainly made of strong stuff.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My main strengths are my mind and my engine. My weakness is boxing on the back foot, but I’m aiming to improve that.
Try to enjoy training – not all of it needs to be hard. Also, don’t spar too much, as you only have one brain.
I like eating at the Bridgend Inn. It’s very close to my house and the steak there is great.
Best friends in boxing:
[Matchmaker] Karl Greenwood and [coach/manager] Richie
Age: 24 Twitter: @Kiwigething Nickname: ‘Peerless’ Height: 5ft 10ins Nationality: Welsh From: Pontypool Stance: Orthodox Record: 6-1-1 (2) Division: Welterweight Titles: n/a Next fight: Gething meets Tony Dixon in a 10-rounder for the vacant Welsh Area welterweight title in Newport this Saturday (October 27).