I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the new Southern Area lightweight champion, Alfie Price. Hailing from Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, he enjoyed an impressive amateur career and currently boasts a perfect record as a pro (7-0-0). After picking up his first domestic title a few weeks ago, the European Bronze medallist, guided by his promoter Frank Warren, will be looking to make an impact on the domestic lightweight scene in 2020.
Jamie: Hi Alfie, we appreciate you taking the time to speak to TOPCLASSBOXING today.
Alfie: No worries at all thank you for the opportunity!
Jamie: Firstly, congratulations on your win against Jeff Ofori for the Southern Area lightweight strap at the iconic York Hall in London. Talk me through the performance and how it felt to win your first title as a pro?
Alfie: Jeff is a very good fighter at that level; there’s no denying that. But I was telling anyone that would listen that I was going to make it look easy. A lot of the guys at that level haven’t got anywhere near the ability I have.
My coach Sab said before I went out to remember to stick to your boxing. But in terms of the actual fight, it was exactly how I thought. I knew I’d have too much.
Jamie: Will you now look to defend your title or are you eager to step up and pursue further honours domestically – the English next and British further down the line, maybe?
Alfie: I want to progress as soon as possible, I’d take the fight for the English tomorrow – no problem.
Jamie: For people who haven’t seen you fight before, how would you describe your fighting style?
Alfie: I’m a slick boxer but I sometimes get caught up in making it a fight. Whilst sparring Campbell and Taylor I was called the ‘English Loma’ and I’d take that to be fair!
Jamie: Where are you currently based (gym/location wise) & are there any other known names boxing out of the same gym?
Alfie: I’m based out of Hoddesdon under Sab Leo.We’ve got some real good up and coming fighters in there like Jamie Robinson & Cherrelle Brown.
Jamie: Taking it back to the start of your boxing journey. How did you find the sport?
Alfie: My brothers won national titles in the sport and you know what it’s like, you just follow what they do. I went down with them and haven’t looked back.
Jamie: How old were you when you had your first amateur bout? Most importantly, did you win?
Alfie: I think I was about 12 maybe and of course!
Jamie: Who were some of your favourite fighters growing up?
Alfie: Originally, I was into the likes of Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns. But now I’m a big fan of Canelo – he’s got it all.
Jamie: As part of the GB boxing set up in Sheffield, you were a standout amateur with seven national titles, a European Bronze Medal and victories over the likes of Josh Kelly. What would you consider to be your biggest achievement from the amateurs?
Alfie: Best achievement would have to be winning the seven titles. You are good if you do it once, you are very good if you do it twice, but seven times shows that there’s levels to this.
Jamie: Before turning pro in March of last year, were you considering staying in the amateur set up and pushing for a place at Tokyo 2020? Or did you feel the time was right to turnover?
Alfie: To be honest, no. My dream has always been to win a world title in the pros, so I just wanted to get to that point or start that journey as soon as I could. Good luck to all the squad, though.
Jamie: We’ve recently seen one of the greatest amateurs of all time in Robeisy Ramirez lose his first professional outing. How would you describe your transition from the amateurs to the pros? Did you find it difficult?
Alfie: It’s not easy! I’ve heard some people say they aren’t even the same sports, which I can understand as they are very different. But I I’m trying to take the best of my amateur career and translate it into the pros.
I boxed Olympic silver medallist Lorenzo Soto Mayor in the amateurs. He was unbelievable and we had a proper fight. He was my toughest opponent, but after that is probably Rhys Saunders – a journeyman who I boxed in my 4th fight. He took everything I gave and just kept firing back. A tough man and I think that says a lot about the pros.
Jamie: Has boxing become your full-time occupation? Or do you work another job alongside it?
Alfie: I box full time but own a couple of businesses. This is prize fighting and I’m in it to make money but you need to make sure you’re set up outside of boxing too.
Jamie: You were brought in by Shane McGuigan to spar Luke Campbell during his preparations for Vasyl Lomachenko and also for Josh Taylor (pictured below), who faces Regis Prograis next. It must have been a great opportunity sharing the ring with two world-class operators?
Alfie: It was class! They’ve both been there and done it. World class sparring for a Southern Area title, it just doesn’t normally happen. But I wasn’t getting brought in to be a punch bag either – the spars were close, very close.
It showed me the level needed to operate at world level and that I know I can get there.
Jamie: What is your prediction for Taylor vs Prograis?
Alfie: Taylor will have too much. Class fighter.
Jamie: As a fan of the sport, who do you enjoy watching at the moment?
Alfie: Obviously Canelo, but I love watching Floyd Mayweather. Manny Pacquiao was always in a scrap but showed his class. Obviously can’t beat a decent Anthony Joshua fight as it seems to captivate everyone but only when it’s over here!
Jamie: Do you have your eyes set on a particular opponent for next year? Who are you looking to pursue in the near future?
Alfie: Not really, no. It’s more titles I’d say. I’ll have the English by then, so it’s just seeing if we can work our way into British contention and get a shot at that.
Jamie: I know it’s probably a tough question to answer at the moment, but what is the ultimate goal for yourself? Something you want to achieve by the time you retire?
Alfie: It’s a failure if I don’t win a world title.
Jamie: Lastly, can we expect to see you out again before the end of this year?
Alfie: Hopefully but I’ve just had a little boy so I want to spend time with my missus and family. If the offer is right, I’ll fight!
Jamie: Thanks for your time today and we are looking forward to seeing how your career progresses. TOPCLASSBOXING will be behind you every step of the way.
Alfie: No worries, what you guys do is vital to get our names out there. Thank you for the support and if anyone wants to follow my journey they can by finding me on Twitter: @AlfiePrice_
Be sure to follow Alfie’s journey. You can find him on Twitter @AlfiePrice & also on Instagram @alfieprice.