Gloucester Boxer, Adam Harper has jetted off to sunnier climes as he prepares for the second professional fight of his career next month.
The 26 year-old from Tewkesbury has flown out to Tenerife to link up with Manuel Povedano at Boxeo Povedano in Las Americas for warm weather training.
“I have a great relationship with Manuel out here,” Harper told www.uko-boxing.com from his Canary Island base. “It’s somewhere I came as an amateur to prepare for my first ABA’s.
“The warm weather training just keeps me smiling and happy. That’s important for me as when I’m happy I train much better and of course Mount Teide gives me my altitude runs!
“It’s important that I lock myself away when training. In an ideal world I wouldn’t have to see or speak to anyone when I’m training because I prefer being a recluse! This brings out the best in me. When you’re around friends, as much as you enjoy their company, you can slip into the normal life, which doesn’t help me focus.
“It’s hard but I know I have to do it. It’s a great place to train and prepare. The Walsh brothers – Liam, Mike and Ryan – are out here, which is a big boost. Manuel has unbeaten light middleweights for me to spar as often as I like. There are tough African and Spanish fighters on tap for me to spar, so it’s great preparation.”
Harper takes on Lincoln’s Aaron Robinson at GL1 Leisure Centre on Saturday, 18th April. It’s been five months since the former ABA Quarter Finalist made his professional debut. Harper convincingly defeated Latvia’s Edgars Sniedze on that occasion and now, after recovering from a shoulder injury, is ready to make it two wins out of two.
“My professional debut was a great night,” he added. “At times I smothered my own work but other than that I thought I did well. I was in fantastic shape. I got injured just before I was scheduled to have my second fight towards the end of last year. I’m fully fit now though and ready to go.
“I don’t know too much about Aaron Robinson. I know he has a kickboxing background. He is a former World Champion, but the bottom line is he’s a professional fighter now.
I will never overlook anyone; I’m training as if I’m in a world title fight against Carl Froch so whoever my opponent, it doesn’t really matter because I will be 110% prepared.”
Tickets for the show, headlined by Stoke’s Andy Keates taking on Worcester’s Michael Mooney for the vacant Midlands Area Lightweight Title, are available by calling 07772 466 790. They are priced at £35 or £50 Ringside.
Fellow Gloucester boxer, Scott Gibbins Junior, is also set to make his professional debut on the Keith Mayo Promotions show. Courtney Richards, Danny Carter, Dean Evans, Tariq Quaddus, Ryan Martin and Danny Bharj complete the card.