DE: Tell us
about your amateur career?
LM: I had a
good amateur career, winning 30 of my 43 contests and all as
a senior. I never really had the amateur style, so I didn't
win any titles. I did however mix it with some good lads who
are now doing well as pros, such as the likes of John Ryder
and Frank Buglioni! I would love to have boxed for England.
That would be my one regret.
just two years a professional, you have picked up your first
title and have made progress in the British rankings. Are
you roughly where you hoped you would be after this amount
LM: 2 years
into being a professional, I'm quite happy with where I am
in terms of progress. I've only had the one loss against
Boulden, which I don't believe I lost (check it out on
YouTube). I'm learning with every fight and progressing,
but still very much a novice pro.
would you rate your performance last time out when you beat
Harry Matthews? Positives and negatives?
LM: I was
happy with my last performance against Harry Matthews as he
is a tough fighter. I'd say the positives would be getting
the 10 rounds in and boxing at a fast pace in the process.
My defence was also pretty good. I never got caught with
nothing major. As for a negative, looking back I definitely
threw a lot of single punches. When I was putting twos and
threes together, I was having a lot of success.
DE: How did
it feel to get 10 rounds under your belt vs Matthews and how
important is it for a prospect to get rounds at some point
within the early stages of their careers?
LM: It felt
good to get 10 rounds in the bank. Obviously I would have
preferred the KO for my supporters, but I think me and
Matthews gave the crowd value for money in a good toe-to-toe
fight for the vacant British Masters title next against
Jason Ball. What do you know about him and what type of
fight are you expecting?
opponent needed to be changed as Jason Ball would have been
boxing too soon for another title, so the BBBoC won't allow
it. Maybe that fight can be rescheduled down the line. It
would be another good learning fight for me. A tough,
durable fighter who's been in there with some good lads.
Training is going well. I train all year round, so I'm very
rarely not fit and it makes it a lot easier to get fight fit
since I'm already in-shape when in camp.
would you say has been your most challenging fight to date
LM: I'd say
my most challenging fight so far was Harry Mathews. Was the
first time I went a long distance and I was in with a real
tough, fit guy who came to win.
fight so far do you feel represents your best overall
LM: I think
my best all-round performance so far was against Diego
Burton as I showed good variety. I was boxing on the
backfoot, coming forward, threw a good variety of punches
and showed some power in the last round in particular.
Getting the KO put the icing on the cake.
are your aims and hopes by the end of the year?
goals by the end of the year would to move onto another
title, such as the Southern Area title, possibly even the
English title, but I'll listen to my manager and promoter
Steve Goodwin and take the right fights at the right time.
He will know when I'm ready.
would you describe your style?
describe my style would be a strong, come forward pressure
fighter. I like to please the crowd in a good scrap, but at
the same time I can box well going backwards if I need to. I
just haven't really had to show it much in my career yet.
DE: A funny
moment from the gym off the top of your head?
Funniest moment in the gym would be watching Stuart Pots
fall off the running machine, or when Dominic Negus came up
with the Banjo nickname. He says I look like the banjo
player from the film "The Deliverance", which as you know is
it's on the verge of being scheduled, what are your thoughts
on Billy Joe Saunders vs John Ryder?
looking forward to the Ryder-Saunders fight, two really good
fighters. I think Saunders will probably win a close points
victory, but wouldn't mind seeing Ryder win as he has earned
his shot. I definitely think Ryder will test Saunders' chin
if he lands cleanly.
final words or shout-outs?
like to thank my team. Goodwin promotions, Lenny Butcher,
Ian Wilson, Dominic Negus, my nutritionist @trainwise, @boxfituk,
my sponsors Acorn Insurance and @ver2vodka, Martin Gowing,
and for everyone's continued support.