Paul Wheeler talks to a man who will complete a trilogy this weekend
‘MY WEAKNESS IS MY BRAVADO – JUST THINKING THAT I CAN TAKE WHATEVER ANYONE THROWS AT ME’ Joel Mcintyre
When and why you started boxing:
I was 17. I was getting into trouble for fighting on the streets, so I thought, ‘I might as well do it in the ring instead.’
Favourite all-time fighter:
Andre Ward. It’s all the subtle things he did. This side of the pond, it’d be Joe Calzaghe.
Best fight you’ve seen:
The first Juan Manuel Marquezjuan Diaz fight, or when Shane Mosley took Antonio Margarito to pieces.
Personal career highlight:
Winning the English lightheavyweight title in a revenge bout against my old rival, Miles Shinkwin [ud 10 – December 2016].
Darren Mckenna [w pts 4 twice – November 2012 & March 2013]. I was weight-drained for the first fight, but I don’t take anything away from him because he was hard work in the second fight as well! He’s quite tall with long arms, and he just kept coming.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My main strength is that I’m a bigger puncher than my record suggests. My weakness is my bravado – just thinking that I can take whatever anyone throws at me.
The gym is the place where a fight is won or lost. You’ve got to go into every training session aiming to improve.
My favourite food is from a place called Marrocco’s, right next to Brighton and Hove ABC. I used to go with Scott Welch when I trained there. Best friends in boxing:
Larry Ekundayo, Tommy Martin and Danny “Cassius” Connor. Also, Harry Andrews – an old trainer of mine. There’s too many to mention!
Other sportsman you would like to be:
A Formula One driver. I like driving fast!
Last film/tv show you saw:
[Superhero film] Avengers: Infinity War.
Who would play you in a film of your life:
A young Patrick Swayze.
Have you ever been starstruck:
No, but I used to be bang into Kano – I had all his albums. I met him at the old TKO Gym in Canning Town once.
Last time you cried:
When my upcoming fight with Shinkwin initially fell through. My missus got upset, which made me upset, too.
Best advice received:
‘Money in boxing is a bonus.’ Tony Oakey told me that when I turned pro.
Worst rumour about yourself:
I don’t think I’ve ever heard one actually.
Something not many people know about you:
I’m a practising Buddhist.
Age: 30 Twitter: @yaakamcintyre Nickname: ‘El Toro’ Height: 6ft 1in Nationality: English From: Portsmouth Stance: Orthodox Record: 18-3 (3) Division: Light-heavyweight Titles: English Next fight: Mcintyre aims to become a two-time English light-heavy king when he faces Miles Shinkwin in a rubber match over 10 rounds this Saturday (December 1) in Bethnal Green.