You have a goal, it’s your dream and only you can visualize it.
Sometimes the only person you can really count on in the toughest of moments is yourself.
It’s quite amazing what I’ve managed to achieve over the last 15 years – even if I say so myself. Especially considering that for 10 years I was alone in this challenging and beautiful sport.
I still somehow compiled 39 professional bouts across five countries. With NO promoter and NO manager. I still became British champion and the World number 4. On three occasions I became International champion, with just my loyal coaching staff supporting me.
The life of a boxer isn’t easy but it’s the life I chose and I’ve given my best and eventually reached the mountain top.
I joined Mayweather Promotions 5 years ago and have fought at the MGM Grand three times, challenged for the world championship, headlined a boxing card in Las Vegas and was based in the city as part of Floyd’s “The Money Team”.
This is the stuff dreams are made of, but all good things must at some stage come to an end.
Currently, there is no other active British boxer with 42 professional victories and I achieved that feat on Saturday in New Hampshire in the USA. 3 weight world champion Ricky Burns, has achieved 41 victories.
It’s a hard and unforgiving sport which takes its toll on your mind and body. Quality longevity is something only a few manage without damaging themselves forever after.
I recently returned to Las Vegas, wanting to know what more I really have left. With the relentless march of aging, no sportsman can stay at their prime forever, but slowing down the aging process is key. Roger Federer and Serena Williams are perfect examples that it’s possible.
I’ve had a great time with my coach, former world champion, Lou Del Valle and assistant Marcele Johnson. Going carefully and professionally from 166lbs to 152lbs in the space of about ten weeks. I’m feeling great but perhaps being even more thorough and careful with my preparation and lifestyle is paying off.
Laser focused discipline is everything.
I picked up the victory in New Hampshire on Saturday 28th April against veteran journeyman, 6’1” Larry Smith. Larry has fought Olympic gold medallist Felix Diaz, world champion Jermell Charlo, Brian Vera, James “Buddy” McGirt Jr, Wale Omotoso and Gary O’Sullivan, who was tipped to fight GGG recently when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez pulled out of their fight on May 5th until Vanes got the opportunity.
China, Panama and Germany are all exciting options for my next contest. The continent of Africa is top of my list to fight in. The motherland beckons!
I’ve been fighting on the lonely road abroad for half of my career now, and would you believe that I haven’t fought in London for 7 years!
A dream of a fight with the soon to be new 140lbs WBO Champion, Terry Flanagan, would be great and is on my radar. A match up with multi-weight world champion Ricky Burns, would also be a hell of a good bust up.
Eddie Hearn has for a full 12 months kept mentioning my name as a decent hurdle for his young stars. He has yet to come forward with an appropriate offer
Unfortunately, it sometimes seems like all bark and no bite – but there is still time, Eddie?
Whatever level you are at in boxing it is always hard, as there are other fighters just like yourself battling hard to get to the next level and provide a decent life for their loved ones. That’s why all boxers, at all levels, deserve huge respect.
Untimely deaths, homelessness, mental breakdowns are all far too commonplace and affect far too many of us in this the toughest of all professions. Once boxers have retired, the years of lonely sacrifice seems to catch up with far too many of us, like no other sport.
Don’t get me wrong, this is in no-way a complaint, we know the risks involved but our eyes are firmly fixed on the golden prize of recognition and reward. Only the fortunate few ever really get there, but the fact that some do, is all the motivation we need. Just look at how Britain has benefitted from a golden period of boxing. Our world champions have become huge local role models for a generation of young and talented fighters. I’m very proud to have played a small part by doing my thing uniquely abroad and proving us Brits can do it anywhere.
The competitive and successful environment has re-energised the once disinterested UK TV channels and in turn, this positive and available coverage has further sparked more interest with a new demographic, and in turn the UK has surpassed even the US for relative success.
But having a viable plan for life after boxing is as important. Far too many boxers continue to fight long past their prime as sadly, that’s all we know.
I’m in the final stages of my career. So, opening my very own “Treasure Boxing Gym” would be another dream come true.
Professional boxers Tony Jeffries, Derry Matthews and Tommy Coyle have all been successful in doing this. I hope to follow in their footsteps. Building a place for kids to come to be healthy, workout, make friends and keep them off the streets along with adults wanting to stay in shape or get fit.
I’m doing all I can at my sport but also thinking about my life after boxing. I’ll share all with you, as without the golden and unsolicited support so many of you have given me through your wonderful messages of support, encouragement and recognition
I salute all of you – as your continued support fuels me to keep going – sensibly.
“Growth is not a 1-day thing. It’s a lifetime process. When you’re 17, you want to be better at 18, when you’re 50, you want to be better at 51. Some progress every day will add up to an amazing life.”
The WBA, IBF, IBO Heavyweight Champion of the world, Anthony Joshua by way of Britain collided with the WBO Heavyweight Champion of the world, Joseph Parker from New Zealand on Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales at the Principality Stadium.
Two undefeated champions going head to head. The last time this happened was when Mike Tyson fought Tony Tucker over 30 years in in 1987.
Funnily enough I often see Tony Tucker at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. Joseph Parker has had his training camps out here in Las Vegas also. He regularly goes to Sub-Zero Recovery, where I do my cryotherapy and normatec sessions.
Anthony went the full 12 rounds for the first time and showed that he can do it comfortably. Many questioned his stamina but for this fight he came in 13lbs lighter and showed he’s ready for Tyson Fury and WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontay Wilder.
British boxing is flying right now. Promoters Frank Warren, Eddie Hearn and Nisse Sauerland have seen their hard work pay off.
Roughly 80,000 fans packed into the Millennium stadium. The atmosphere looked electric watching from Las Vegas on Showtime. I was privileged to witness first-hand when Anthony fought the legendary Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium last year.
90,000 fans came out to support the Brit. I was also luckily enough to be at Carl Froch vs George Groves fight, when 80,000 attended. British boxing is in a great place right now and boxing promoters around the world are envious.
Anthony is the perfect ambassador for British boxing and for boxing as a whole. He shows that despite coming from humble origins and not having the best start in life, you can still go on to great things if you find something to channel your energy into.
With the growing knife crime and gangs in London and teenagers dabbling in crime. Anthony Joshua shows them it’s never too late to change from negative to positive.
Anthony is always praising the Finchley Amateur Boxing Club for helping him get to where he is today. He regularly goes back to inspire the young there.
Boxing is a fantastic sport to help troubled kids from inner cities. It’s only right I launch my very own, Treasure Boxing Gyms, as I’ve learnt so much from the All Stars Boxing Gym and Mayweather Boxing Club. I’d like to help the next generation be the best they can be.
Well done Anthony. Congratulations on wining and for continuing to inspire many by your achievements and authentic personality!
It’s been over 7 years since I fought in Germany. When I last fought here I picked up the IBO international championship in Munich back in 2010.
This time I flew into Berlin with the mission of leaving here as the German International champion.
Germany has been good to me over the years. Since 2006 I’ve picked up three championship titles and I’m undefeated on these shores.
I last fought in August at Sam’s Town Casino in Las Vegas as part of the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor preview show. My 10th fight with Mayweather Promotions over 4 years.
Floyd is currently on tour in China. While he spreads “The Money Team” brand in Asia. I’m representing in Europe.
I’ve now won 5 championships out of 6; British champion. IBO International champion. German International champion and 2 x Global Boxing Council champion. Falling short whilst attempting to claim the WBA world championship from the four-weight legend, Adrien Broner.
2017 has been an interesting year for me. UK promoter, Eddie Hearn seems obsessed to get me back home to compete. I appreciate the attention. It’s over 6 years since I fought in London, as British champion at Wembley Arena. Back then it was televised by Channel 5 and even Tyson Fury was part of the show. We were both British champions at the same time. Great memories!
50 professional matches spanning 14 years – 41 victories, 1 draw and 8 losses.
Surprisingly, half of my career has been spent fighting across the world, From St. Lucia, Luxembourg, USA, to Germany are all places that I’ve picked up victories.
From making my debut at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, and fighting without a promoter for 10 years. What I’ve achieved is unheard of (even if I say so myself).
This is a brilliant sport to have had the privilege of having competed in, but fighters can’t compete forever. At my age, I’m far wiser and far more careful with my health and it’s a well-planned year by year process. I’m making the plans for my “Treasure Gyms” the focus for life after boxing, along with motivational talks for the young and not forgetting my TV work as well.
The Legendary Miguel Cotto, had his farewell fight tonight. He lost a points decision against Sadam Ali from Canarsie, Brooklyn, which used to be my base away from home before I headed to Las Vegas to join Floyd Mayweather ‘s team.
On this day exactly a year ago, I headlined in Las Vegas for my 40th professional victory. Another landmark! December 2nd is a momentous day.
Roger Federer and Serena Williams have shown it’s possible to continue to compete in our late 30s. Despite feeling blacklisted for many years in Britain by the UK promoters, I stayed dedicated to my craft, worked hard and believed that one day I’d be on the big stage.
In 2013, that happened when I fought for the first time in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Casino. Now there’s 18 months left of my 6-year deal with Mayweather Promotions. Another world championship challenge is the target, with the WBA and IBF champions on my radar.
It’s a great time to be a British athlete; Harry Kane, Anthony Joshua, Mo Farah and Lewis Hamilton all right at the top of their respective sports. I’m also a proud Brit, and an even prouder Londoner!
“Don’t fear failure. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee
This was the biggest week of the year in the city of Las Vegas, which has big weeks every week. The top-drawer elite of the entertainment industry flew in mainly by private jet, and they were joined by the world’s media, who came in their droves.
It didn’t seem to matter whether you were a fan of the spectacle of Mayweather vs McGregor or not. It was just the only place to be. Nevada was rocking yet again.
I kicked off the fight week at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino against on Tuesday. He’s a tough, gritty Japanese fighter based in Mexico. He is trained by the great Nacho Beristain, so I knew going into my fight I had a tough night’s work ahead of me.
Yes, on paper I was the favourite, but this 26-year-old had fought 4 times in the last 12 months compared to my solitary fight over the same period. He had lost 2 of those fights by majority decision, which he could easily have won. He gave all of his opponents a hard night at the office.
He got a very close call, which many thought I had done enough to win.
You have to always believe in yourself, but I’m realistic nowadays to know judges make bad decisions all the time, so nothing is guaranteed in boxing.
I’ve had 21 fights abroad; 15 in the USA, 4 in Germany, 1 in Luxembourg and 1 in St. Lucia.
When you have everything to lose and nothing much to gain from a fight, that is when you are at your most concerned.
The Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor ‘fight week’ wasn’t as big as many had expected. I’ve got to experience many of these build ups since 2012. This was a very different type of ‘event’. It was something to be part of and to have ‘experienced’, it was less about championship belts and so much more about providing something that a much wider public wanted to see.
The fight night made up for it, with Conor putting in a good performance of speed and skill. Floyd lived up to his word and “walked the much bigger man down”.
I had shared with all who asked me, Evening Standard, BET365, Sky Sports and the Daily Mail, that Floyd would stop McGregor in rounds 9 or 10. I was pleased to be proven right.
What an ending to a fine career? 50-0 surpassing the great Rocky Marciano and beating all the best fighters of his generation in the process.
Badou Jack, made me a very proud man indeed by becoming a two-division champion on the undercard. He put in his best display to date. He’s mixed with the very best available; Anthony Durrell, George Groves, Lucian Bute, James DeGale and Nathan Cleverly.
He’s fought 5 world champions back to back. He should definitely be in the pound for pound top ten. Not many fighters face such a high level of competition back to back. To top it all off, he called out Adonis Stevenson who holds the WBC 175lbs title. Badou’s coach, Lou Del Valle also used to hold the WBA light heavyweight title.
Sunday saw me celebrate Badou’s victory at his house with his close friends and family.
I then went to the Thomas and Mack Centre to support the ‘JLeon Loves Celebrity’ charity basketball game. Even Floyd took part in it, along with Chris Brown and other stars.
I even ended up giving Chris Eubank Snr a ride to his hotel after the game.
The night ended at Floyd’s mothers house to celebrate his 50th professional victory.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sky Sports followed me around for all of Friday. This made for an interesting change to my boxing camp routine.
We had arranged to meet at Sub Zero for them to witness my daily cryotherapy treatment.
Then we all jumped in my car and we headed to the barber shop for my weekly haircut. They were after an authentic insight into just what it was really like to be that Englishman abroad, especially someone who had taken the challenging route I had and then end up being signed by Mayweather Promotions.
It was now time to get down to the real business of the training camp, so we headed off to the Mayweather Boxing Club.
They got some special footage of my training regime with Badou Jack, Chris Eubank Snr and Chris Eubank Jnr also hard at their training.
This footage and the various interviews I did for them will all be part of the preview for the money spinning and ground-breaking Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor extravaganza.
I also gave some time to the excellent Sky Sports News, and I understand this will be broadcast on Thursday.
My excellent head coach, former world champion, Lou Del Valle and my focused assistant coach, Marcele Johnson, have done a great job getting me ready for my 49th professional fight. As always, I gave everything and more, and left no stone unturned.
This is my 10th fight with Mayweather Promotions over the last four years. It’s been an incredible journey.
I’ll always have love for Floyd. He got me that elusive world title shot, he believed in me and helped me. He even bought me a car so that I could get around Las Vegas.
I go into my fight on Tuesday with an 83% victory percentage. On paper, I should have too much for my Japanese opponent, Shoki Sakai. He has a respectable record of 30 fights and 7 losses. He interestingly made his debut in Mexico, and has had the majority of his fights there, so he’s definitely battle tested.
I expect a hard and unforgiving fight, but as always, if I bring my sparring form into the fight then I’ll have no issue.
The stress that a training camp can bring is rarely ever spoken about. There are negative outside influences can affect your mind during training camp, but you have to remain as focused as possible.
I’ll be fighting Shoki Sakai at Sam’s Town Hotel and Casino on Tuesday 22nd August in Las Vegas.
Not bad for a boy from Paddington, London.
Things are clearly hotting up. This week I had another interview with Boxing News magazine and next Friday, Sky Sports are in town and have asked for an interview.
I’m proud of myself. In boxing terms, I’ve come very far. I went without a promoter for ten years.
When I look back, the U.K. boxing industry gave me little support and just couldn’t force itself to believe that I might just achieve something in my career. It was not a pleasant or positive feeling. It might have been easier to just give up!
However, sometimes adversity can provide the biggest motivation. I was to become the British champion, a world title challenger, ranked in the world top 5 of the WBA, WBC and IBF organizations through the years.
I’ve fought the best of my era, achieving 40 career wins. Only one other active British fighter has more wins than me. I have an 83% winning record. Not a bad outcome, even if I do say so myself.
I’ve dropped 20lbs over the last few months. I’ve pushed my body whilst I was in London at All Stars Boxing gym, and I stepped it up here in Las Vegas at the Mayweather Boxing Club with Lou Del Valle and Marcele Johnson. Lou has been ecstatic with my progress with him. The aim is to go out there on Tuesday 22nd August and get the win in style at Sam’s Town Casino.
IBF 130lbs champ and Mayweather Promotions team mate, Gervonta “Tank” Davis is in town now, and has looked phenomenal in sparring. I’ve watched two of his three sessions this week. I think he has everything; 22 years old, skills, speed, power and the ‘IT’ factor. If he hasn’t stopped his opponents during sparring he’s bloodied and beat them up. He’s definitely entertaining. He even sparred a British fighter that is 3 to 4 weight divisions above him, and his power was troubling him. Tank will be a problem for anyone at 130lbs. He’s only going to get better.
Months have turned into weeks now, I’m days away from my 49th professional fight.
My 10th with Mayweather Promotions over the last 4 years. 8th in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’m proud of what I achieved out here. It couldn’t have been achieved without René Carayol. Through the ups and downs, thick and thin this man has stood by me. Team work makes the dream work.
This week I was given the name of a potential opponent. Hopefully the Nevada State Athletic Commission approve him and it’s show time.
Badou and I completed our last Mount Charleston run on Saturday. He’s ready to go and so am I.
“Your dreams don’t have an expiration date. Take a deep breath and try again.”
Five weeks of unrelenting hard work in Las Vegas.
I’m giving everything I can and my mind and body are tired.
My team and I are focused and pushing hard towards Tuesday 22nd August. That is the day of the ‘fighter arrivals’ when Floyd Mayweather will meet Conor McGregor at most likely the MGM Grand.
Gervonta Davis is the co-main event. Badou Jack will be challenging Nathan Cleverly for his WBA ‘regular’ title and Shawn Porter will be facing Thomas Dulhome on the preview show. It’s a good TV card.
Ishe Smith and I will be fighting at Sam’s Town Casino. I got my 40th professional victory there in December. Ronald Gavril has got the opportunity to face David Benavidez for the WBC title vacated by Badou. That will be on September 8th in Los Angeles. Ronald is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. I wish him the best! He was due to fight at Sam’s Town as well, until this opportunity came up.
Christy Martin was in the gym this week. She came up to me to ask me for a photo. I told her I should be asking you. “You’re the legend”. “The Coalminers daughter”. I remember in the 1990s when she was highly featured on Mike Tyson’s shows in Las Vegas.
IBO world champion, Chris Eubank Jr, was also in the gym this week working out.
The 5th ‘back to school’ drive was this week. The Mayweather Promotions fighters turned out to support the special goal of giving back to the kids of Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather was on top form this week. He made one of his sparring partners ‘take a knee’ four times. He made another quit during sparring, running out of the gym. He’s amazing, at 40 years old and the man is still going strong.
It’s 2 more weeks until I have my 49th professional fight. I never thought I’d get this far when I turned professional 14 years ago. I currently have 40 professional wins – 10 more wins until I retire.
It’s been an interesting and fascinating ride. Boxing is truly a roller coaster. Nothing is guaranteed. I’ve managed to achieve things that many said I had no chance of doing whilst lasting longer than a lot of British boxers of my era. Very few are still around that turned professional 2002 to 2004. That alone shows how well I’ve done but it all must come to an end – one day.
Life after boxing is now obviously on my mind, but that itch to compete that has always fuelled me is very hard to go without. I have worked extremely hard to be constantly motivated and in peak conditioned to fight. To push my mind and body to breaking point and it is still there. Will it ever go? I doubt it. It’s the competitive drive in me that fuels me to achieve my goals.
I’d love another world title shot. I’d love to be British champion again. While I’m focused on my boxing career and achieving 50 professional wins. I know that my life after boxing is approaching and I also need the same motivation and preparation for whatever I choose to do next.
That’s the future, for now, it’s all about Tuesday 22nd August at the Sam’s Town Casino, I’ll be having my 10th fight with Mayweather Promotions.
Three weeks of a tough and unrelenting training camp in Las Vegas, Nevada. It couldn’t be going any better.
My head coach, former world champion Lou Del Valle, and my assistant coach, Marcele Johnson, have been instrumental in getting the best out of me in the boxing gym.
I’m now 36 years old and still hanging with tomorrow’s stars of boxing in terms of fitness, strength and determination. The one thing that I always have on my side is experience. No matter how promising you are, you just cannot buy that. That’s comes through the ups and downs, the hurt and pain, and the glory of having gone through everything possible to get there. The Championship fights, brutal 12 round battles and the times you have to bare your soul for what you believe in.
Anthony Joshua has been in Las Vegas this week. He came by the gym a couple times to hang out. He got a great reception in the gym and it was nice to see my fellow Brit in town. He’s a really decent guy and we got on well.
He’s rumoured to be fighting here in late October, early November. He has everything going for him and has a bright future ahead of him.
I’m due to fight Tuesday 22nd August in Las Vegas. There’s now 4 weeks until show time.
A couple of names have been mentioned, but nothing is locked in yet. Hopefully this week my opponent for my 49th professional fight will be announced by Mayweather Promotions. I’ll just continue with my training to the best of my ability.
The Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor extravaganza could break all boxing records financially.
Whilst being controversial to many, this is a huge event and potentially brings a whole new audience who are not the usual boxing aficionados. The sport of boxing and mixed martial arts coming together. The two biggest names of each sport. It has financial success written all over it.
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. – John F. Kennedy
I’m looking forward to fight week as Las Vegas will be buzzing maybe even more than usual.
Fight fans, non-fight fans, boxers and the media from around the globe will be in the city of Las Vegas for what is due to be the event of the year.
It’s been a great week in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I’ve been working hard; my body is sore but my mind is determined as always. I feel like I’m still improving even at the age of 36. I fight a week before my 37th birthday.
We saw the great role model Venus Williams reach two Grand Slam finals this year. The ageless and still brilliant, Roger Federer reached the Wimbledon final as well. As we get older. our mind and experience take over from what our body can no longer do. That’s what helps all older athletes have longevity at the top.
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor went on a world tour to promote their superstar event. I attended the Los Angeles leg of the tour. It was fun. Floyd was happy to see Badou Jack, Ishe Smith and I, all there in support of him.
He supports us and we support him. It’s a two-way thing!
I’ve started back at Sub Zero Recovery to help my body recover with cryotherapy. I feel the benefits. The hyperbaric chamber will be seeing me soon. Weekly massages are also a must. Train hard and recover smartly. All boxes need to be carefully ticked.
530am: 90-minute Bikram yoga sessions. Weekly 6am mountain runs up Mount Charleston with the likes of Badou Jack and Shawn Porter. Sparring some tough fighters at Mayweather Boxing Club. Experienced fighters and young stars of the future. It’s gruelling, but it has to be done. I’m on the tough and lonely road to another world title shot. There’s no room for error.
It would appear to have been a less than perfect couple of weeks for two fighters in the UK that share the same last name. Robbie Davies and Ohara Davies have both gone out of their way to call me out numerous times this year. They both stepped up in terms of opposition in their respective most recent fights and failed to make the grade.
One quit and one was stopped. Losses happen, but please, walk before you can run lads.
I’ve fought the likes of British champion Lenny Daws, European champion Jason Cook, two weight world champion Danny Garcia, four weight world champion Adrien Broner, world champion DeMarcus Corley, two-time world title challengers Pablo Cesar Cano and Delvin Rodriguez. There’s a big difference in my opponents and theirs. I’ve fought the best of Britain and the best the world has to offer.
I’m about to have my 10th professional fight with Mayweather Promotions and my 8th fight in Las Vegas. I’m truly living my dream.
A sportsman’s life is filled with ups and downs, which is why it’s important to give your all and surround yourself with a great team that will help you ride through the hard times. Loyalty is hard to come by.
Make the most of the journey. It’s a short career.
I’ve been back in Las Vegas for a full week now. Training camp is in full flow.
It’s been a good first week with my coach, former world champion Lou Del Valle. He’s been impressed with our promising start.
My weight is great, my body feels good and my mind is ready for whatever this camp throws at me.
I’ve achieved 40 professional wins during my 14-year career. 7 loses and 1 draw. 3 of my losses were to 4 weight world champion, Adrien Broner, 2 weight world champion, Danny Garcia and 2-time world title challenger, Pablo Cesar Cano.
This will be my 10th fight under Mayweather Promotions and my 8th in Las Vegas.
All of this from a kid from the poverty stricken W9 area of London.
Not much was ever thought of me as a kid. Even my own view of my future wasn’t too bright or positive. But with maturity and coming into contact with some special people, even as a 36-year-old man, I’m now optimistic for what the rest of my career holds and life after boxing.
The upcoming huge Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor PPV telecast was due to feature Gervonta Davis, Badou Jack and JLeon Love.
JLeon was set to fight David Benevidez. David Benevidez is now due to fight Anthony Dirrell in a world title contest so therefore unable to feature against JLeon Love.
I heard it through the grapevine that I would be fighting Mario Barrios. A Mexican with a 19-0 record. He trains out of Virgil Hunter’s camp, with the same training team as Amir Khan.
I’m sure I’ll find out if the rumours are true this week. Nothing is ever secret in boxing.
Whomever I fight, I’ll be ready for war on the biggest boxing event of the last two years.