TOPCLASS Q&A WITH PROSPECT KRISTIAN TOUZE

Swansea’s lightweight southpaw Kristian Touze showed on his debut that he is definitely one to keep an eye on for the future, in his professional debut in July 2016 he boxed with maturity in outpointing the always tough journeyman Qasim Hussein in front of a deafening travelling support which he will look to recreate at the same venue this coming weekend.

We caught up with Kristian earlier this week to give you guys more of an insight on a fighter that is sure to gain more attention in the future.

How did you get started in boxing?

I started boxing at the age of 10. I visited Mario Maccarinelli gym in Bonymaen with some friends, they said they were gonna join the following week but I was the only one to stick to my word of going and never looked back since.

Soccer and Rugby are the most renowned sports in Wales although we do have a proud tradition within the sport of boxing which goes back centuries, what attracted you most to boxing over the other sports mentioned

As I kid I done a little soccer and rugby but as soon as I took up boxing, soccer and rugby have never fascinated me. Fighting sports is now what have my full attention especially boxing.

An amateur career which yielded many achievements but what would you say is your fondest memory from that time?

Learning from Mario as an amateur. He was like a father figure to me.

What was your amateur record before turning professional?

My amateur record was 40 bouts 20 wins. Half of them for Bonymaen and half of them for the army boxing team, boxing away constantly was hard to get decisions on close fights as we all know.

How would you describe your boxing style?

I would say I can mix it up but am more of a counter puncher.

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You’re making your second trip in as many fights to Merthyr’s Rhydycar Leisure Centre on Saturday night, can you talk us through your debut in which you overcame Qasim Hussain via point decision?

On my debut, I knew Qasim was going to be hungry and would like a scrap so I kept my distance and used my speed along with in and out movement to counter and let the combinations off. I knew he wanted to draw me into a slug fest so I worked on the opposite to what he wanted which suited me.

It will be just over eight months since you last fought, why the long layoff and would you like to be more active at this point in your career?

Unfortunately, I had a little set back due to the changing of boxing managers in the past few months but now I’m looking at being out more regular.

How as training camp been for your upcoming fight and what things have you worked on in the gym for this particular fight?

I’ve been getting most of my sparring this time around locally, It hasn’t been easy but like always no matter who I’m fighting I always train hard and diet professionally which is never easy as I love my food!

Who have you been able to get in for Sparring?

I have sparred with a few lads from the gym just moving around working on certain things, Reece Bellotti up in London who recently fought Dai Davies for the Commonwealth Eliminator and Charlie Doig from the Scotland International Team.

Billy Parker shares an opponent with yourself in Qasim Hussain who he beat in 2015, What do you know of him as an opponent?.

I have seen that he fought Hussain, this doesn’t worry me the slightest. Everybody gets that clash of style with different opponents, but whoever I fight, behind the scenes I will be putting in the hard graft I need to. I know he favours that backhand

What separates yourself from the rest of Wales’ best prospects?

I believe what makes me different is my determination and drive or maybe the way in which I look to donate from my purse to help those youngsters with cancer locally who need it. I’ve always been a believer in athletes helping where they can.

In an ideal world, what would you like to happen in your career in the next year or two?

In an ideal world I would like to box for a Welsh and Commonwealth title in the next two years then aim for a British.

You can witness the next step of Kristian’s journey at Rhydycar Leisure Centre, Merthyr Tydfil which will play host to a great night of action put on by Saniger Promotions on March 25th.

This will be the first event in a new series showcasing the best boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts in Wales to be shown by Welsh broadcaster S4C.

Y Ffeit will be a six-part series showing highlights from the nation’s biggest professional fight nights every Wednesday night, from March 29.

Tickets are available on from the box office on 0117 949 6699 and are priced at £60 & £50 VIP Tables. Ringside £40, unreserved seating £30. Under 16’s £10 accompanied by an adult.