By Sylvana Ambrosanio

04/26/13

"I actually had around 200 amateur fights. I decided to join the pro game because I felt I was ready and I was always told I had a pro style. So I decided to see if I can make a name for myself. Boxing plays a big role in my life. It keeps me out of trouble in the streets and gangs." Check out what Tyrone Chatman has to share with you!

SA: Hey Tyrone, thanks for talking to SylvanaBoxing.com today. How are you?

TC: Hey thanks for having me. I’m doing fine. Right now I’m just training and getting in top shape so I can find a fight if anyone calls offering a fight.

SA: What was it that first got you interested in entering the world of boxing?

TC: Well the first time I ever trained I was five years old. I was just a young kid following my older cousins around and we ended up in a boxing gym. One of my older cousins I was following was Deandre ‘The Bull’ Latimore. And from the first time I started training, I fell in love with the sport. I never tried to emulate anyone.

SA: Let’s talk about your amateur career…

TC: I actually had around 200 amateur fights. I decided to join the pro game because I felt I was ready and I was always told I had a pro style. So I decided to see if I can make a name for myself. I loved my time as an amateur. I travelled a lot and I got to fight every month. It was very fun fighting in the amateurs. Even with all the bad decisions you go through with the judges.

SA: You turned pro in 2008 against Thomas Staten and won by way of KO in the first round.

TC: I felt it was slightly important but I wanted a first round knockout because my older cousin scored a knockout in his first pro fight. After I saw the crowd reaction I wanted the crowd to go crazy for me like that.

SA: Of the fights you have won, you have won the majority by either KO or TKO.

TC: I have power and speed. I think they are two very important attributes. I also have the ability to switch from a punchers style to a boxers style to adjust to another fighters style, if I have to.

SA: How would you describe your boxing style?

TC: People say I’m a boxer puncher since I have speed and power but I think I rely a lot on my power to get me through fights. My best punch is a right hook.

SA: How does your training look like?

TC: My training intensifies when it becomes time to get ready for a fight. I think my favourite part would be strength and conditioning. Even though its very hard work, I love how it keeps my legs strong throughout the fight. I listen to anything that’s playing on Pandora or the gyms ipod.

SA: Tell us about your relationship with Coach Ronald Harris?

TC: Me and Ron have a great relationship. He is a great trainer and coach. I worked with him a few times in the past and it was great. He really knows the sport of boxing. He lives, eats, and breathes boxing. He has a great amateur team and you can tell he really cares about every one that he works with.

SA: What would you like to achieve in your career to be able to call it a success?

TC: If I ever get a chance to fight for a world title that would be awesome. I would like to become a world champion before I retire. My short term goals are to continue working hard and fighting hard. My long term goal is to unify the titles.

SA: What can we expect to see from you next?

TC: Expect to see me in the headlines soon. My team and I are planning to get into the top 15 in world rankings.

SA: Who are your favourite current fighters, and also in history?

TC: Muhammad Ali will always be my favorite fighter. A couple of my other favorite fighters are Roy Jones Jr and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

SA: We will soon see another St Louis boxer in the ring when Devon Alexander makes his first title defence. He is no longer fighting Kell Brook though, but how do you think that fight would go?

TC: I think Devon would win that fight easily. Devon’s a great fighter and he has a great team. I’ve been in a couple of his camps and I seen how hard they work. So if he just sticks to his plan that he and the great Kevin Cunningham lays out for him, it would be an easy fight.

SA: How about you tell us about your life outside the ring?

TC: Well right now I’m attending Raken Technical College taking up Information Technology and about to graduate in May. I love fixing computers. I’m also helping one of my old high school coaches to coach Vashon High Schools baseball team. I was a baseball player in high school. My favourite food is Lasagna and I like rap music and any action or funny movies. The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series are my favourite movies. My family loves watching me fight. They are my biggest supporters. Boxing plays a big role in my life. It keeps me out of trouble in the streets and gangs. I grew up in St Louis, Missouri. I never been in any trouble here and my family is very big so it was great. I never had any problems because every where I go I know someone or someone knows me.

SA: What is your motivation?

TC: My two beautiful daughters, my mother (breast cancer survivor) and father, who raised 14 wonderful children and my girlfriend, are my motivation. I work hard, so one day I can take care of my family.

SA: Do you have a final message?

TC: Look for me in the near future and thanks for all the support.