caught up with 20 year old rising star Tony "the snake" Pace to find out
what makes him tick and what he believes he can achieve in the big world of
“I get up and I’m a boxer and go to sleep a boxer, it is my
life” - Tony Pace
SA: Hey Tony, thanks for talking to
Sylvanaboxing.com today, what are you up to these days?
TP: Hi Sylvana, I’m just training hard and keeping fit as I
always do ready for any fights that may come my way.
SA: How about you start by introducing
yourself to our readers and telling us a little about yourself, both in and
out of the ring?
TP: I’m Tony “the snake” Pace current lightweight British
Masters Champ, I live and breathe boxing 24/7, I always train like I have a
fight coming, that way I’m always ready for the next test, I have a good
bunch of mates who I chill with and relax on the hours I have away from the
gym by going to movies and rugby or football matches, I also like to watch
the amateur fights and support them anyway I can, but I don’t drink alcohol
or go to night clubs I keep a clean body, clean mind and always stay
focussed or you lose in this game.
SA: What about your favourite food, music,
movies, just all about you that people should know?
TP: My food favourites are everything healthy, if my body
isn’t in tip top condition I feel I’ve let myself down but I do have the odd
Indian meal on my rare days off (laughs) I’m a massive bob Marley fan, I can
always relax and unwind after a hard session to his music. I like a variety
of films but comedies are my favourite, laughter is a great tonic.
SA: What is the story behind your nickname “The
TP: It came
from my amateur days where people would say I was a slippery, sharp boxer in
the ring and packed a punch so it stuck and I agreed with it.
SA: When will we see you back in action?
TP: Well I
won my masters in December 2012 at 19yrs old and fought in February and I’ve
just turned 20 so I decided to up my game and step up my fitness to the next
level, so I’m waiting until I feel stronger/faster/sharper (which is coming
nicely and won’t be long) then I’ll soon let all boxingheads know what’s
next for The Snake.
SA: Tell us a bit about your training – what
do you do, what is your favourite part and why?
TP: I go for
a run early in the morning before everyone else even thinks of getting out
of bed and when no one’s around so I can concentrate, I do some hill work
and about a 6 mile run then get home and have a snack and chill before going
into the gym to do some cardio/strength training. In the evening I go to my
gym and as many others to get some sparring in or pad work etc it’s the
best part of my regime as it really makes me feel like I’ve put in a good
session when I’m done, I’m only happy when I know I’ve given it my all and
pushed myself to my limits.
I train at
Gelligaer ABC with Dai Gardiner who trained the awesome Johnny Owen
“MATCHSTICK MAN”, he also trained Former WBO FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE
WORLD and European Champion Stephen Robinson, and many more so were all cut
from the same cloth WELSH WARROIOR’S, I couldn’t get a more experienced guy
in my corner.
or what inspired you to don the gloves and enter the ring in the first
I’ve always loved the sport from watching on TV as a kid, I mentioned to my
dad that I wanted to box when I was 10 I then started at
Gym with ken McCann.
My dad Darren is behind me all the way and as a team we never
look back, always moving forward, he’s my greatest motivator.
SA: You seem to have been matched very hard
in your first few fights as a pro. Has this been a deliberate decision?
TP: Everyone who knows me knows early in my career I would
take on any fighter, I don’t get nervous, never have done and don’t worry
about a 0 record, I wanted to be known for this and get my name out there,
if I know I have a great fighter as an opponent I up my game and always go
in it to win it, the fights were close but always away so the home boxer got
the decision that’s part of the game but that has just spurred me on to keep
digging deep and making fights go my way which they now have, my British
Masters Title win was the best fight and round in Wales and was 2nd
best fight in Britain 2012 voted by boxing fans in the largest boxing
magazine Boxing News, so not bad I don’t think for a then 19 yr old.
SA: You fought on the undercard of Tony
Bellew vs. Nathan Cleverly at the Echo Arena, Liverpool. This must have been
a great experience, can you tell us about it?
TP: It was a great experience from the weigh in the day
before to the packed arena on the night of the fight, it gave me a wealth of
experience of what it takes to get to that level, having the Welsh fans
there for Nathan and TeamPace was a taste of bigger and better things to
come, I know Nathan from sparring at his dad Vincent Cleverly’s gym and
seeing what he’s achieved and work that’s put in to make it I take it all on
board and put it into my own training regime, can’t wait to headline my own
big arena fight nights and hope I can inspire others like all Welsh Warriors
have for me,
SA: In your opinion, what attributes do you
think a boxer needs to make it to the top of the pro game?
TP: You need to be 100 percent dedicated to this game,
eat/breath/sleep it and achieve your goals you set yourself without
slacking, never take the easy road, I drive myself everyday to make myself
better than the day before, you have to love it or go home.
SA: How does boxing affect your life?
TP: I get up and I’m a boxer and go to sleep a boxer, it is
SA: Out of all the current boxers, who would
you most liken your style to?
TP: I have my very own style I’m lucky enough to have natural
talent but work hard at making myself a better more educated boxer every
SA: Who are your favourite current and
all-time boxers and why?
TP: Miguel Cotto. Do I need to say more, come forward fighter
with that puerto rican style, love it.
SA: When you look at the current state of
boxing – what are your thoughts on it?
TP: Well I think there’s alot of this 0 record going on and
some fighter not actually fighting good boxers and putting on a great show
because of this, as I’ve said I’ll fight anyone that’s put in front of me,
British boxing is at the top at the moment and looks good for the future
which I intend to be part of.
SA: What is it that you would like to achieve
in the Pro game that would make you consider your career a success?
TP: World Champion, nothing else matters in this game, it’s
always been my ambition since day one otherwise I wouldn’t of started, I aim
high but I know I will succeed. Tony “the snake” Pace is a name I want all
fans to know, I give my all in my fights, 110 percent and get spurned on by
all my fans I’ll do this for them as much as for me.
SA: You’re very young. Do you still go to
school or do you do boxing fulltime?
TP: Since winning my .asters title I box full time and take
on work when I can. It’s the only way I can keep my level of training
up..fulltime and on my a game.
SA: What is next for Tony Pace in 2013, and
what would you like to have achieved by the year end?
TP: I’m travelling the UK getting in all the experience I can
with some of the top boys in this game, I plan to take a few fights this
year then defend my masters at the end of 2013
SA: Is there anything else that you would
like to add to the interview or would like to say to your fans?
TP: Thanks for interviewing me, I really appreciate the
support and from a well respected lady of the boxing world. TeamPace fans
are some of the best in Wales/Britain, the support I have at fights really
makes this journey I’m on an awesome one. I have a great team around me with
one ambition taking The Snake all the way to the top… See you there very
Free to follow me on twitter
@tonytobysuz and visit me at
www.tonythesnakepace.com. I would also like to thank all the sponsors.
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