Welterweight Ricky Rowlands (1-1, 0 KOs) was presented with an unknown quantity in debutant Richard Samuels in April of this year. In a tougher than expected learning curve, Rowlands went four hellish rounds with a fighter who after being dropped in the contests opener, generally walked through every shot thereafter that Rowlands landed.
A LOSS ISN’T A LOSS, IT’S A LESSON – JAY Z
Some would argue that It is this type of fight which moulds a fighter into a better version of the original, where a loss becomes a mirror on how a fighter deals with adversity, something on the night which Rowlands showed he possessed by the bucket load.
I have to be honest before continuing, that I didn’t know too much about Ricky from his amateur days, from time to time I heard his name whilst visiting a couple of gyms but it was one which I’m ashamed to now say had escaped my attention, In fact, it wasn’t until a friend of mine who played football alongside him told me of how dedicated, hardworking and stubborn he was that I eventually took note.
It was that stubbornness that impressed me most of all in his second professional fight, a lesser man would have looked for an escape route but that wasn’t Ricky’s style, instead he decided to bite down on his gumshield and grit it out, his nose bloodied from the engaging encounter which made a fan out of me watching from ringside as I eagerly await his next outing on October 14th.
I caught up with Ricky this week where I was able to bring you this Q&A so you unlike me will be fully armed on who this tough fighter is:
PLACE: CAERPHILLY, WALES | RECORD: 1-1, 0 KOs | ROUNDS BOXED: 8 | KO RATIO 0% | DIVISION: WELTERWEIGHT | STANCE: ORTHODOX
Before we start the boxing questions, could you please tell us a bit about you as a person away from the ring
I’m a family man, love spending time with my girlfriend Michaela and daughter Gracie-leigh.
How did you get started in boxing?
My older brother started before me so I went to watch and stuck at since the age of 5
You play football at a high level also but what attracts you to boxing in particular?
I don’t know about high level haha, boxing is all I’ve known since the age of 5
What was your fondest memory from the amateurs?
Representing Wales at the Youth World Championships in Armenia.
What was your amateur record before turning professional?
I had 54 fights, lost around 14 -15
For those who have yet to see you fight, How would you describe your boxing style?
Long and rangy who can dig it out and go to the trenches if I need to
You started your professional career with a solid points win over Paul Cummings but sadly the euphoria of victory came crashing down in Ebbw Vale against a stubborn opponent in Richard Samuels. Can you tell us about the fight and your feelings afterwards?
Obviously, I was disappointed but I didn’t lose to your typical journeyman, he came to win on his debut although losing so much weight was a downfall and a lesson to myself
You are trained alongside the likes of JD Jones, Callum Busuttil amongst others by former Commonwealth Super Bantamweight champion Jamie Arthur, What does Jamie bring to the table in regards to improving you as a fighter?
He’s been there and done it all, to have experience in your corner like that is awesome, not to forget its good to be around the ‘Magic Man’ Geraint Goodridge who’s making some noise in the pro game.
Have you had good sparring for your upcoming fight at Merthyr’s Rhydycar Leisure Centre?
Great Sparring, I’ve been in with the likes of Geraint Goodridge, JJ Evans and Kieran Gething so I’m prepared for different styles
As any opponents been mentioned for your third professional fight?
In an ideal world, what would you like to happen in your career in the next year or two?
Keep Winning and Progressing, Hopefully pushing on to a shot at the Welsh Title
Before leaving is there anyone you would like to Thank?
Noels Butchers, New Tregegar Building Supplies, Bailey’s Barbers, McIntyre Tyres, J&I Taxis, Karl Jones & Sons Timber, Shane Jones Taxis, PPE Workwear, Andrew Ashcroft, Darell Hawkins, They been a huge help and of course everyone who has bought tickets