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Debutant Watch: Charlie Schofield


By Jon Briggs

The latest edition of Debutant Watch makes the trip to Manchester, England to feature Charlie Schofield. The 21 year old Cruiserweight prospect is a former Junior ABA champion who is turning over under the guidance of experienced trainer Bobby Rimmer.


Charlie will make his debut on a Steve Wood promoted fight card at the Sports Centre, Oldham on Saturday 13thDecember in a four round bout.


What made you want to start boxing?


“My Dad took me to a local gym when I was about 8 years old where I just started hitting the bags and I have never really left the gym since.“

Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?


“I have always watched boxing and always looked up to the heavyweights like Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko. I also have my local idols like Ricky Hatton who I have always looked up to because of the way he trained before fights.”


Did you do much amateur boxing?


“I started fighting under Charlie Grice at Droyslden ABC and then moved over to the North Side Gym, fighting under Joe Pennington. I had 31 fights as an amateur and won just over half of them. I picked up a junior ABA title in my last year in the juniors and also picked up a couple of CYP titles on the way. I also got to the quarter finals of the senior ABA’s.”


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


“Boxing starts getting more serious when you start fighting as an amateur and even from that stage I was looking at carving out a career in professional boxing.


“When I started at Bobby’s gym that made me realise I wanted to turn pro and take it seriously. I honestly feel the time is right to go pro and I’m on the right track.”


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


“The training is totally different, I cant comment on the fighting yet until I’ve made my debut but I have been in an eight week camp for this fight and as an amateur I was taking fights at one or two weeks notice. “


Do you work full-time alongside boxing?


“I work in a gym as a fitness instructor which keeps me busy. It is hard training twice a day as well as working but you just have to push yourself through it.”


What sort of fighting style do you have?


“It’s all about getting the basics right and staying calm on your debut. I will be able to adapt my style to my opponent; if he is pushing me back I will box his head off on the back foot. If my opponent is fighting on the back foot I will go for them and push forward.”


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


“My dream since I started boxing was to become a world champion, that’s my ultimate goal. Right now I am not even looking past my debut and if that goes well I will concentrate on my second fight. I have turned over young so have plenty of time on my side and want to keep learning in the gym.


“I would love to win an area title and that’s one of my short term goals.”


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