60-SE­COND IN­TER­VIEW

John Den­nen talks to the Bermondsey boxer who is used to the com­pany of world cham­pi­ons

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‘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.

Tough­est op­po­nent:

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.

Train­ing tip:

Be­lieve in your­self and you can achieve any­thing.

Favourite meal/restau­rant:

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:

Creed.

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.

Photo: AC­TION IM­AGES/PAUL CHILDS

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