Ricky Pow sat down with SylvanaBoxing a
few days after his victory on saturday to talk about his boxing career and
personal life, don't miss it! "Winning
the WBC Mundo Hispano title is definitely my first priority this
year and then see what opportunities come after that. I just want people to remember me as a fearless boxer that would accept
any challenge and to respect me for that."
Ricky and his cousin
Andrew (many thanks for setting this interview up)
SA: First of all congratulations on your victory on Saturday. How are you
RP: Thank you very much and I am feeling great and very pleased with our
SA: You won by knock out in the 2nd round. What are your thoughts
on the fight?
RP: My team and I are very pleased with the way the fight went. We dominated
the fight from start to finish with a very experienced opponent that has
shared the ring with some great fighters, the likes of Gregorz Proksa and
gone the distance, so to get the stoppage was a great win.
SA: So everything went as you expected and had trained for?
RP: We had a brilliant training camp and trained for a hard fight but
fortunately we caught our opponent with a good right hand that got the job
SA: Can you give us an idea of what a typical day will look during your
We generally base our morning workouts on fitness and strength and
conditioning and our evening session are boxing based with sparring, pad
work, bag work etc
SA: What is your plan for the day of your fight?
RP: On fight day I am always thinking of my game plan and going through the
fight in my head. In the dressing room before the fight I always have mixed
emotions, nerves, adrenaline, fear but I am always confident in myself and
use all them emotions to my advantage.
SA: When you are in between fights do you stay in the gym or do you only
train during training camp prior to an upcoming bout?
RP: I am always in the gym and keep myself fit because you never know when
the phone will ring and an opportunity could come at any time. So if that
opportunity comes I want to be able to grab it with both hands.
SA: Let’s start from the beginning...
RP: Boxing has always been a loved sport in my family with my grandfather
and father being big boxing fans, so I was brought up always watching the
big fights on TV. I was never really interested in school and my dad pointed
me in the direction of boxing and that’s how it started. I can remember
walking into my first boxing gym at the age of 12 and being terrified of the
SA: How about you tell us about your outstanding amateur career - are there
any moments that stand out in your memory for either good or bad reasons?
RP: I fought 56 amateur fights winning 51. I was Spanish amateur champion
2004 and 2005 and I was also a gold medal winner in the international
tournament of Haringey Box Cup in London UK in 2009. They are all great
memories from my amateur boxing career. 2 time Spanish amateur champion,
Haringey Cup Gold Medal winner and ABA (UK national Championships) semi
Tyson Fury & Ricky Pow
SA: You fought Tyson Fury in the amateurs. What is your prediction for his
upcoming bout against Steve Cunningham?
RP: I fought Tyson Fury in the semi finals of the English nationals and lost
on a majority decision. It was a brilliant fight and a great experience. I
think Fury has definitely got the tools to beat Cunningham but he will have
to be a 100% as Cunningham is very experienced and always a great
SA: I understand you could have gone to the Olympics. Why did you not end up
SA: I had the opportunity to stay amateur with the Spanish Olympic team
after winning 2 consecutive championship titles but my dream has always been
to be a pro boxer and when the opportunity came I couldn’t refuse it.
SA: Out of your 10-1-0 fights – is there any fight that stands out the most?
RP: My win against Adasat Rodriguez. He was undefeated at the time when we
fought and touted as a huge prospect in Spain and on the European scene. I
was a massive underdog but stopped him in the first round and that really
got my name on the map.
SA: What would you say is the biggest lesson you have learnt so far?
RP: Biggest lesson is always to have respect for all fighters and never
underestimate anyone. I am always in the gym learning new things, a lot of
the time I like fighting too much and forget about my boxing skills but I am
improving with this and getting better every day.
SA: What do you feel you bring to the table and makes you special to stand
out from the rest?
RP: I fear nobody and will box anyone anywhere. I have travelled a lot as an
amateur and a pro. I am not scared to take risks. I can adapt to any boxing
style allowing me to box when needed and to fight when needed. I am a come
forward fighter that will always put everything in to all of my fights. I am
always working on my power in the gym so that whatever punch I throw it
doesn’t matter where it lands it will hurt!
SA: Regarding nutrition, do you have a strict nutritional regimen or do you
pretty much eat whatever you want?
I wish I could eat what I want (laughs) I am always watching what I eat. Of
course when not in training camp I can have the odd treat but as soon as
training camp starts I have a very high protein diet to ensure that come
fight night I am as strong as I can be.
SA: I hear you’re not just a boxer, but also a trainer and run a gym. Is
that correct? Not every day you see a boxer do that.
RP: Yea that’s correct, I love being around the gym and helping out with the
kids and amateurs that we have in the club. Obviously all amateurs look up
to a pro fighter so if I can help them or inspire them in anyway I do. Our
gym is like a big family. Its run by my trainer/manager Alberto Gonzalez and
he provides a brilliant atmosphere for all of us and treats everyone the
same whether you’re amateur, pro or just keeping fit, no exceptions and I
would not want that any other way.
SA: What would you say to any youngsters that are thinking about taking up
RP: Boxing is a great sport and will definitely get the best out of any
individual. My advice is believe in yourself and that with hard work the
rewards will come your way eventually. There will always be setbacks in your
career but never let them get you down, learn from them and come back
SA: Do you already know when we will see you back in action?
Hopefully soon. I am now eligible to fight for the WBC Mundo Hispano title
so we will be hoping to finalize that and challenge for it before the
Anyone you have an eye on?
RP: My next step will be fighting for the WBC Mundo Hispano title and I
would love to fight Gabriel Campillo, a former 2 time world champion from
Madrid, Spain and my promoter is working hard to make that fight happen.
SA: So for those who have not been lucky to get to know you – why don’t you
tell us about yourself and your life outside of the ring?
RP: I am very quiet and generally keep myself to myself. I am a real TV
buff. I love watching films. My favorite being the Godfather and favorite
food is definitely spaghetti bolognese. I must get all that from the
Sicilian part of my family hahaha! I love listening to The Ratpack. It helps
me relax. I was born in the UK but grew up with my family in Alicante, Spain
when my family emigrated there in 1990 and think it’s great. My mum is
Sicilian originally so I still have a lot of family there and think it’s a
brilliant culture to have in my blood.
SA: What about your family? How do they feel about you fighting?
My family support me 100% with my boxing and I wouldn’t be where I am today
if it wasn’t for them. No kids and single, I don’t really have time to meet
many girls but would love to meet someone soon to share my life with.
SA: Would you like to share some up’s and down’s in your life with us?
RP: When I was young I was very rebellious and used to get in trouble on the
streets like most teenagers but those experiences have made me who I am and
taught me a lot about life and made me very wise. I think people reading
this interview will see that I am just a genuine guy, training and working
hard to make something of my life.
SA: What motivates you to keep going?
RP: I want to be a world champion and want to be known to people for being a
great and entertaining boxer. My dream is to fight in the US and one day
challenge for that prestigious green belt.
Ricky with his nephew and niece
SA: What would you like to have achieved by the end of the year?
Winning the WBC Mundo Hispano title is definitely my first priority this
year and then see what opportunities come after that.
SA: What kind of legacy would you like to leave in the boxing world?
RP: I just want people to remember me as a fearless boxer that would accept
any challenge and to respect me for that.
SA: Is there anything that you would like to add to the interview?
RP: I think we have covered everything there is to know about myself and I
just hope that the boxing world accepts me and that the US public like what
SA: Do you have a message to your fans, supporters and our readers?
A massive thanks to SylvanaBoxing.com and massive thanks to everyone that
reads this interview and all the support is always welcomed and I am very
grateful to every fan and supporter I have. God bless you all.
SA: Once again, thank you for taking the time to talk to SylvanaBoxing.com.