By Michael Shepherd – Luton’s Linus Udofia who is trained by Terry Steward in Essex was a former amateur star with 29 wins from 33 bouts, predicted to make big waves in the pro scene over the forthcoming years.
The perfect professional record mirrors the sentiment with 8 wins from 8 bouts with 4 stoppages, his most recent appearance coming under the spotlight of the two Hayemaker TV shows on 16th February and 17th March in London.
Linus is one of the most exciting talents in the UK, it being only a matter of time before titles come his way.
Tell us about how you first got involved in the sport and your amateur career?
I use to play football with a good friend of mine (Grant Walpole) and he started doing boxing classes and said I should try it out, so I did and then after about a month he advised me to join hock well ring ABC and the rest was history
Do you think the amateur circuit is important for a young boxer to go through?
100% it’s a very important part of your career, as you’re fighting so much then you would as a pro and it’s an apprenticeship leading up to the pros
What made you decide to turn professional & how old were you?
I was 21 when I turned pro and funny enough I never aimed to turn pro until I started training with Terry Steward (my current coach) in the amateurs to get more experience for the championships and he put it out there that I’d be suited for the pros and that he’d be my coach
What are your memories of your professional debut?
I remember not being nervous at all until I got in the ring and it being such a show instead of a fight
What is your favourite boxing memory so far?
Seeing how happy my Mum is every time I win
For people that haven’t seen you box, talk me through your style?
I’m not really sure where to put myself, to be honest, I’ve boxed 8 times and each one has been different
Who are some of the best you’ve sparred with to date & how beneficial was it for you?
I’ve sparred with the likes of James Degale, Ted Cheeseman, Craig Richards, John Ryder and Jake ball. This has been so beneficial to me as all these fighters have very different styles, so I see it as I’m preparing for anything
Do you feel any pressure that you are looked at and labelled a great British prospect?
I see it as “ incentive “
Who inspired you to pull on the gloves?
What songs are always on the gym playlist when you are training?
Anything from Micheal Jackson to J Hus
Any short term and long term goals at this point, or anything that you would like to achieve in X amount of time?
I’m just taking each as it goes right now, when my manager and trainer feel that I’m ready then we’ll push the button for titles
What is going on with your boxing career now- Can you tell readers when? Where? And against whom you will be fighting next?
I’m next scheduled to fight sometime in June, I’m not a 100% sure on the details yet
What are your hopes for the rest of 2018 & 2019?
Final words or closing statements?
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Photo Courtesy of Linus Udofia