There's no doubt that boxing in Yorkshire has hit a real high in 2012. Doncaster alone has around twenty active professional boxers. That figure is about to be incremented by one as Conisborough's Arron Boyce makes his bow in the paid ranks.
The 25 year-old cruiserweight has served his amateur apprenticeship and is ready to turn over under long time trainer Steve Slaney. Arron will take on Junior Millar over four rounds at Ice Sheffield tonight.
What made you want to start boxing?
“I started when I was 11 as my granddad was into boxing and he got me involved with the local gym. It all started from there and I really enjoyed it and have never left the gym since. I still fight out of Conisborough ABC.”
Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?
“Being from the Doncaster and Sheffield area I really liked watching Prince Naseem, he was a brilliant fighter back in the day. I supported all the local fighters including Herol Graham.”
Did you do much amateur boxing?
“When I was a kid I only had around fourteen fights. I was big for my age and fought at Heavyweight so found it quite difficult to get matched, so I didn’t get that many fights.“
How do you know the time is right to turn pro?
“I wasn’t really sure when to turn pro. All the lads I was training with in the gym told me they thought I was ready and was good enough to turn pro. I took me a while to believe them, but I was doing well in sparring so I thought I must be ready. “
Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?
“Yeah I do see a difference. With the amateur sport only being three or four rounds your find yourself jumping in and going hell for leather to score points. You get a lot more time in the pro game to work your opponent out and pick your shots. “
Do you work full-time alongside boxing?
“I work full time in a carpet warehouse. I’m lucky enough that my work is really understanding and if I ever need any time off to train they are fine with that. Its quite a physical job which also helps me keep fit. I try to have a run before work then go to the gym in the evenings after work.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I am a typical boxer - puncher and I do like to counter punch too. I have got a good solid punch on me. I am also very quick for my weight which should be an advantage.”
What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?
“I just want to go as far as I can. I would love to win a British title as i've always wanted to get the Lonsdale belt, that would be a dream come true for me. I will just give it my all and see how far it takes me.”