Paul Wheeler talks to a man who will com­plete a tril­ogy this week­end

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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].

Tough­est op­po­nent:

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.

Train­ing tip:

The gym is the place where a fight is won or lost. You’ve got to go into ev­ery train­ing ses­sion aim­ing to im­prove.

Favourite meal/restau­rant:

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.

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