ADHD diagnosis hasn’t stopped Thomas Silcox forging pro career

Joe Hewlett 11/05/2017

Whilst the nation was preparing for the biggest fight of the last 25 years between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko, young prospect Thomas Silcox was fighting on the same night in just his second professional fight.

The Tamworth lad defeated Liam Griffiths on points at Villa Park’s Holte suite in Birmingham. The show titled ‘April Powers’ was an event arranged by well-respected promoter Tommy Owens.

Silcox was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age and admitted he performed in combated sports such as Judo to help release such aggression.

“I’ve always been into combat sports, when I was thirteen I first got into boxing and knew straight away it was for me. I have always been into those kind of sports as I like the fitness side of it and love having a fight – a controlled fight that is, not a brawl outside. It seemed to bode well with me, I was diagnosed with ADHD when I was younger so it was a great way to control it and I carried on until the age of 17 before concentrating on college and university,” he exclusively told WBN.

“I thought if I ever want go back to it I will. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. After coming back from traveling I heard Karl Williams, my former coach, had opened up a pro gym and I thought to myself, ‘right, I’ll go back and see how it goes from there.’ I went back there for a year solid and there was no question about it, it felt right and here we now.

“I’ve had two fights and everything’s going well.”

As well as being trained by Karl Williams at the B78 boxing gym in the Midlands, Silcox also shares the gym with fellow Birmingham fighter Charlie Williams.

Williams is set to feature on the Matchroom undercard of Kal Yafai’s first defence of his IBF flyweight title on May 13 at the Barclaycard Arena.

The 25-year-old is delighted to be surrounded by so much talent at the gym. He added:

“It’s great to be training with likes of my trainer’s son Charlie who is going to be on the Matchroom cards. It’s a happy gym to be at which is always good. This year I aim to fight in September before making a big statement next year.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95