At the start of every year, there is always a turnover of amateur boxers who pen a deal to move over to the professional circuit.
One person who has followed in the footsteps of many is an exciting talent from Solihull in Mitchell Redmond.
The 20-year-old broke the news at the beginning of January to confirm he had signed to MTK Global. However, Redmond revealed his career could have been so different if wasn’t for a particular coach advising him to make the switch from kickboxing.
Speaking exclusively to World Boxing News, he said: “I started off kickboxing, I did it until I was 14-years-old for around seven years at Gilmore’s gym in Solihull. I was winning all my fights with my hands, so Paul Gilmore told me, ‘Maybe you’d do better at boxing, maybe you should give that ago?’ Then I went to Solihull ABC and from there I fell in love with boxing.
“However, I had two years out. I was doing the wrong sort of things, I got really fat and went up to 17 stone. People kept telling me I was starting to look like my Dad and that was when I thought to myself, ‘Alright then, I need to something about this.’
“I went down (to the boxing gym) initially just for the fitness element to it and then I got in touch with one of the trainers and he said, ‘Show me you’re dedicated, and we’ll see how it goes. I showed him my dedication for a few months, I’ve now lost four stones and I’m making my debut next month on February 3,” he added.
The super-middleweight prospect had a brief amateur career, recording seven wins from just ten fights before deciding to ink a deal with MTK.
Redmond has described himself as “more of a pressure fighter,” and is looking ahead towards a busy year. He said: “I’m looking to have around six or seven fights this year, but it’s up to my trainer and my team but I’m happy to fight whenever I have to.
“MTK are making a statement in the boxing game. I’m looking to have around six or seven fights this year, but it’s up to my trainer and my team but I’m happy to fight whenever I have to. I’m currently training with Seamus Macklin and Will Stokes at MTK Birmingham Gym and am loving every minute of it,” he concluded.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95