For the second time this week Debutant Watch heads to the UK’s new boxing hotbed of Swindon to feature Cruiserweight hopeful Mark Reynolds. Mark had some good wins in the amateur ranks and after a few years away from the sport is now ready to ply his trade on the pro circuit aged 33.
Mark debuts on Keith Mayo’s eight fight card at the Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon on Friday night, taking on Derby's Elvis Dube in a four round contest.
What made you want to start boxing?
“When I was a kid I was getting bullied by older kids so I took boxing up for self defence at first. I was 14 when I started out at the Walcott ABC and once I was in the gym I really enjoyed it and have kept it up until now.”
Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?
“I really enjoy watching Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali fights, they are my two favourite fighters.”
Did you do much amateur boxing?
“I got to the semi final’s of the 2009 senior ABA’s. I was forced to pull out with an arm injury. I was confident of winning that year as I had beaten some of the favourites on the way through. My last amateur fight was against Wadi Camacho.”
How do you know the time is right to turn pro?
“I have been away from the sport for a few years and at 33 years old I’m not getting any younger. I want to end my boxing career having fought as a professional. I done what I wanted to do as an amateur so its time to have a go as a professional now.”
Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?
“Yeah, there is a difference. I find the training is a lot harder and also you are getting paid for fighting as a professional. People use it for their bread and butter so I find its a lot more serious.”
Do you work full-time alongside boxing?
“I work as a tattoo artist. I am self employed so I can work what ever hours I like really. I am lucky that I can train for my fights pretty much when I like.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I don’t really have a fighting style to be fair. I like to work out my opponent and then adapt my style from there. I think I prefer to be more of a counter puncher, I can box on the back foot or fight on the front foot if I have to. If I need to have a brawl then I will have a brawl!”
What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?
“I’m 33 now so may need to be fast tracked a little bit. I would love to win a British title one day. I’m just going to keep training hard and see how far I get.”
Picture courtesy of the Swindon Advertiser.