60-SEC­OND IN­TER­VIEW

Paul Wheeler talks to a Good­fel­las fa­natic

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‘A FULL SCOT­TISH BREAK­FAST AT GLADSTONES BAR IS WHAT I LOOK FOR­WARD TO AFTER A FIGHT’ John Thain

When and why you started box­ing:

When I was 14, my friends said they were go­ing to Leith Vic­to­ria [Am­a­teur Ath­letic Club] to try box­ing, so I in­vited my­self along.

Favourite all-time fighter:

Sugar Ray Leonard. He had it all. Ev­ery at­tribute. Beau­ti­ful to watch.

Best fight you’ve seen:

Watch­ing live, I’d say Alex Arthur vs Michael Gomez. You could hear the punches go­ing in.

Per­sonal ca­reer high­light:

Win­ning the Scot­tish na­tion­als as an am­a­teur and get­ting my in­ter­na­tional vest. I lost so many bouts for years be­fore I be­came a cham­pion, so it meant a lot.

Tough­est op­po­nent:

Lee Noble [w pts 6 – Septem­ber 2012]. I was hav­ing to fight through the pain be­cause of my swollen hands. After what he’s been through out­side of box­ing [fight­ing can­cer], I wish him all the best.

Best and worst at­tributes as a boxer:

Peo­ple have told me that my big­gest strength is my jab. As for a weak­ness, if I was a big­ger puncher I think things could’ve been dif­fer­ent for me ear­lier on in my ca­reer.

Train­ing tip:

Re­spect the sport and learn the ba­sics at a real box­ing gym. No bet­ter place.

Favourite meal/res­tau­rant:

A full Scot­tish break­fast at Gladstones Bar in Ed­in­burgh is what I look for­ward to after a fight.

Best friends in box­ing:

Ev­ery­one at Lochend Box­ing Club, in­clud­ing Tommy Philbin, Fundo Mhura and my coaches – Terry Mccor­mack, Eric Brown and Mike Webb. I’ve had some great times

over and Josh the years Tay­lor, with too. Paul Ap­pleby

Other sports­man you would like to be: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo. Last film/tv show you saw:

The last film I watched was Good­fel­las – for about the 30th

time! Who would play you in a film of your life:

Some­one said I look like A.C Slater from Saved by the Bell re­cently. So maybe Mario Lopez could play me!

Have you ever been starstruck: When I met Sugar Ray Leonard. Last time you cried:

Last year, I was watch­ing a US drama show called This Is US.A scene re­minded me of my late dad, and I lost it. He was a good man.

Best ad­vice re­ceived:

From my dad: “Don’t put so much pres­sure on your­self.”

Worst ru­mour about your­self:

Prob­a­bly that I name-drop all the time!

Some­thing not many peo­ple know about you: I don’t drink al­co­hol, and I play the gui­tar now and then.

‘SOME­ONE SAID I’M LIKE A.C SLATER FROM SAVED BY THE

BELL RE­CENTLY’

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES

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