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Debutant Watch: Carl Chadwick


By Jon Briggs

This instalment of’s Debutant Watch series returns to Hull, England to feature Carl Chadwick. Carl is a true sportsman who has competed at a high standard in Football, Cross Country and swimming before turning his hand to boxing.


The 33 year old light-welterweight is trained by former British title challenger Peter Waudby and will make his debut on Saturday night at the City Hall in Hull. Carl has been matched against Matt Seawright over four rounds.


What made you want to start boxing?


“Basically I started at a boxing gym just to keep fit. I walked in the gym spent some times on the pads and the boxing coach asked if I had done this before. He said he would get me a fight to see what I was made of. I didn’t win the fight but I proved I can take a punch and have a plenty of heart.

“Before boxing I used to play football at a high standard, I used to swim for Hull and also did a lot of cross country running.”


Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?


“My favourite fighter was Rocky Marciano, I liked the brawlers rather than the boxers, the guys that would have a good slug fest. I also liked Mike Tyson.”


Did you do much amateur boxing?


“I had around 10 or 11 fights. My last fight was eight months ago fighting for East Hull ABC.”


Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?


“Now the head guards are off in the seniors it’s more similar. I thought I might as well fight pro and earn more money out of it.”


How do you know the time is right to turn pro?


“I am not getting any younger and feel you don’t often get opportunities like this in life. I don’t want to be a bloke sitting in the pub at 40 years old saying I could have been a professional boxer so I am going for it now. Once the coaches saw how fit I was and saw me sparring other pros and holding my own they knew I could do it.”


Do you work full-time alongside boxing?


“I am self-employed and run my own business doing loft conversions and extensions. To be honest it’s really hard working and boxing but I have some good lads working for me, once I get set up in the morning and they get started I can leave them for a couple of hours. This allows me to concentrate on my boxing training. I also train in the evenings after my daughter is settled for bed!”


What sort of fighting style do you have?


“I will be a come forward aggressive fighter. Peter has calmed me down slightly and given me a better defence. The fans will like my exciting style.”


What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?


“To be honest it’s more a case of wanting to have a go and say that I tried professional boxing, I’m not in boxing for the money. At the age of 33 I won’t kid myself by saying I’m going to be a world champion. If I was a few years younger I would set my goals higher but right now I am going to give it my best and go with the flow.”


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