Entertainer Ben Day inspired by Hamilton's British title success

Euston-based lightweight Ben 'The Entertainer' Day (5-0) reckons anything British light welterweight champion Darren Hamilton can do, he can do as well, as he prepares for his sixth professional outing on Friday 27th September at the Camden Centre. Hamilton hauled himself off the streets to become British light-welterweight champion, and Day hopes to have a similar story to tell as he looks to extend his winning record.

"Three years ago, Darren and I both slept in a cupboard in the gym because we had nowhere else to go," said Day.

"Darren is now the British champion and an inspiration. He couldn't do two rounds of sparring when we are at Rooney's Gym - and now look at him.

"People can't understand how a man of 35 years old can do what he does, but all he's done is change his mind set. We both have a good story to tell and it's just the beginning."

Day has quit the day job to fulfil his boxing ambitions. He runs the Ringtone Gym in central London - and said: "I'm 34 years old and maybe I haven't got that long left. I want to give boxing everything.

"The gym is buzzing, money is coming in, so now I can take a step back and concentrate on boxing.

"I was doing too much. I was working all hours at the gym and going into fights feeling tired. I've got five wins and I'm not sure how I've done it.

"I've had it tough. My opponents look at my age, find out I haven't had any amateur experience and they all try to nick a win. I feel I've proved myself and if I get my head down there's no reason why I can't fight for titles."

From the start of his pro career, Day has trained himself, but will have John Patterson in his corner at the Camden Centre.

"Everything I've learned about boxing before was from watching videos. John has been in boxing for 30 years and I'm learning so much."

Day could take the 'Prizefighter' path to glory. He had a ringside seat when eight light-welterweights battled it out at the York Hall last month and hopes to get his chance in a lightweight event.

"I watched 'Prizefighter' and thought: 'I can beat these guys' - apart from Chris Jenkins. Even (Southern Area champion) Danny Connor said my awkwardness gives me a chance.

"The three-round distance would definitely suit me. I'm awkward and by the time my opponents have figured me out the fight will be over and I will have won !"

'Too fast too furious' takes place at the Camden Centre on Friday September 27 and features Watford middleweight Elliot Matthews (8-0-1) against Guilford's Darren Codona (6-2). The latest member of the Fury clan to turn professional, Dempsey (real name Hughie, but tagged as Demspey to avoid confusion with his heavyweight cousin) will make his debut at super middleweight. Also in action will be Hackney based light middle Wayne Alwan-Arab (16-0), Islington weight welter Charlie Rice (who put in a good performance in the recent Prizefighter), Cheshunt bantam Charlie Hoy (6-0), Thamesmead light middle Nathan Weise (8-3-2), Morden lightweight Craig Whyatt (5-0), Bushey welter Tony Milch (1-0) and Sutton middleweight Warren 'Fearless' Fenn (5-1).


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