This edition of Debutant Watch heads to St Albans to feature Myles Cash. After a notable amateur career the 20 year old super-middleweight feels the time is right to transition into the professional game. Cash, who is trained by former pro boxer James Paisley has big ambitions and will take a tough debut against Joe Rea at the York Hall on Saturday night.
What made you want to start boxing?
“Everyone in my family boxed, my brothers did it so I just wanted to get involved. I played football when I was younger but the boxing was better for fitness. After I started I liked it and kept going from there.”
Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?
“Not really to be honest. As I started getting into boxing more and more and started fighting myself, I started watching Floyd Mayweather. I have met Floyd a few times and was lucky enough to go over to him gym in Vegas when I was 16.“
Did you do much amateur boxing?
“I had around 50 amateur fights in total. I won the school boys title in the 2nd year I entered it. I got to the junior ABA finals twice. I was in two CYP finals and then I won a silver in the four nations. I also did some sparring with the GB team.”
How do you know the time is right to turn pro?
“To be honest I haven’t boxed for a couple of years. When I was 18 I was in the process of getting married and my head wasn’t really in the boxing game. Over the last two years I have settled down and now have a small family. I’m really settled and happy in my life now so I am in the right position to move on and see how far I can go in boxing.”
Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?
“The training is completely different for me. Even though I did well as an amateur I only used to train once a day. Now as a pro I will train maybe two or three times a day.”
Do you work full-time alongside boxing?
“I do a bit of work alongside boxing but my fighting is the main thing I will be concentrating on.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I like to see myself as a technical boxer but I don’t mind getting stuck in if I need to. I will be a boxer/counter puncher. The way I look at it, if I can out-box someone, I will. If I can’t out box them, then were going to have a fight! There’s no point getting hit if you don’t need to.”
What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?
“I hope to go far and I will do the best I can. I will train as hard as I can, hopefully that will be enough to be successful in boxing.”