John Dennen talks to the Bermondsey boxer who is used to the company of world champions
‘THEY SAY BEFORE MY FIGHTS LOUIE LYNN FROM BANSTEAD BUT I’M FROM BERMONDSEY REALLY’ Louie Lynn
When and why you started boxing:
When I was a kid I started getting into a few fights at school and my mum always thought I’d be a good boxer. I was about six, she said I got up in the boxing stance. I tried it properly when I was eight.
Favourite all-time fighter:
Sugar Ray Leonard, Manny Pacquiao and Julio Cesar Chavez.
Best fight you’ve seen:
I would say Diego Corrales-jose Luis Castillo and recently would be Tyson Fury-deontay Wilder.
Personal career highlight:
Winning the ABAS, the GB championships and even where I am right now I’m quite pleased with that.
It was probably my fight [as an amateur] that was in Ireland, in Dublin, against Steven Mckenna in 2016. He’s good.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
Best attribute probably my belief. Sometimes I like to throw too many punches.
Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything.
I’d say my mum’s chicken Balti curry.
Best friends in boxing:
Kevin Mitchell [his trainer], my mum and a lot of the Matchroom fighters. I get on with a lot of people in boxing.
‘I GOT INTO A FEW FIGHTS AT SCHOOL, MY MUM THOUGHT I’D BE A BOXER’
‘AL PACINO, FROM WHEN HE WAS TONY MONTANA, SHOULD PLAY ME’
Other sportsman you would like to be:
I don’t even know to be honest with you, I only think about boxing.
Last film/tv show you saw:
Who would play you in a film of your life:
Al Pacino, from when he was Tony Montana [in Scarface].
Have you ever been starstruck:
Not really. Maybe when I first met Kevin, maybe a little bit. But I’m used to meeting boxers and world champions.
Last time you cried:
I cried at a documentary! It was about a man in America who grew up in foster care, he went to prison, his mum dies, then he turned his life around and started doing well.
Best advice received:
You go through hell to get to heaven.
Worst rumour about yourself:
They say before my fights Louie Lynn from Banstead but I’m from south London really, Bermondsey.
Something not many people know about you:
I pray every day.