Ben, 20, will make his debut at the York Hall on Saturday night, and has been matched against Rochdale’s Jason McArdle over four rounds at light-middleweight.
What made you want to start boxing?.
“I have been boxing since I can remember, my dad was a boxer and when I was growing up he always had me on the pads. When I was 12 I started at the Dagenham boxing club and after a year I had my first fight.”
Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?.
“I like watching James Toney. Oscar De La Hoya is my favourite fighter, he had it all as a boxer.”
Did you do much amateur boxing?.
“I had four International fights for England where I fought in Denmark, Wales and Poland. I fought in the School boys finals. Then I moved onto Repton and fought in the national finals.”
How do you know the time is right to turn pro?.
“I have always been a big puncher and think I will be suited to the Pro’s. I just feel I am ready to turn over now, I have been training with Paul Cook for around 12 months now, we have kept it quiet that I was turning pro and have been training hard and getting things perfect ready for my debut.”
Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?.
“The pro game is a lot more physical and even the sparring is harder, there is no let up sparring as a pro. I have been concentrating on working on the inside which you don’t do much as an amateur.”
Do you work full-time alongside boxing?.
“Before my debut came up I was working as a personal trainer but now I am boxing full time. I am blessed with great parents and my Mum and Dad are supporting me right now. I am focusing 100% on my boxing career.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?.
“I have a really good jab, to be honest I can do it all, I can throw good body shots, uppercuts and hooks to the head. It’s all there and now I just have to keep working on my defence as well.”
.What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?.
“I genuinely believe I can become a world champion, I have time on my side and have massive punching power. I recognise you cant run before you can walk so I will take it one step at a time and see where I go.”
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