With a satisfying debut in the paid ranks behind him, Warrington’s former amateur star, Courtney Chadwick, is looking forward to his second pro contest and what he hopes will be another tentative step towards title success in the coming months.
The 25 year old, formerly of the famous Phoenix Fire Amateur Boxing Club, outpointed 130-fight veteran, Youssef Al Hamidi, in Wigan in December and, looking to build on that success, says he can’t wait for his second pro contest in Liverpool on March 31 – on the undercard of the Robbie Davies v Michal Syrowatka WBA International title card at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre – as well as the many that he hopes will follow.
He said: “It was good to get my first pro fight out of the way and now I can’t wait to fight again. The plan is to fight as often as I can and see what happens. I’m not in any rush and will do what my manager, Neil [Marsh], tells me to do. We’ll do a few more four rounders then step up to six, then eight, and see where we are then.”
Whilst training with former Phoenix Fire amateur coach, Elliott Dillon, was “going really well,” Chadwick also revealed that the move from the amateur code to the paid ranks was one he had always thought about, especially as the sport developed in recent years.
He said: “I really enjoyed my amateur career but, as it moved into longer rounds with a different scoring system, I fancied that I could do well as a pro. I always liked the longer fights anyway. I warmed to them a bit more, and I could step down on my shots as well. I had a couple of close decisions go against me in the amateurs – as everyone does – and I thought, as it became more like the pros anyway, that it was the right time to move over.”
Describing himself as more of a fighter who can mix it up when needed – his success as an amateur has helped him here – Chadwick also says the change of codes has given him more focus and that he feels like he has started his career anew.
“I definitely feel fresher,” he says, “it’s like a new start for me really and, with Neil behind me, I’m really looking forward to the future. We are thinking of having another 4 or 5 fights this year, with at least the same again next year.”
Echoing his charge’s positive outlook, Marsh also stressed that the popular Chadwick’s acceptance of, and adherence to, a long learning curve in the new code will only benefit him in the long run.
He said: “Courtney is a pleasure to manage. He does what he says he will do and is always open to advice and input from all the background staff – be they coaches or managers. There’s no rush and we will ensure he gets the right fights at the right times to be a success. He really impressed me on his debut and I’m looking forward to seeing him develop in the long term and on what will be a fantastic night’s boxing on the Davies v Syrowatka show.”
With a mix of local talent and emerging prospects, the bill also features Ellesmere Port’s unbeaten super-welterweight Mason Cartwright, Liverpool’s Lee Boyce and Brian Phillips, as well as Warrington’s Danny Craven, St Helens’ Rob Beech and Southport’s Jake Barton making his professional debut.
Tickets, priced at £40, £60, £80, £100 and £150 (VIP) – plus booking fee – for Chadwick’s next fight at Liverpool’s BT Convention Centre (The Auditorium) on Saturday 31 March, are available from 0344 8000 400 and the Liverpool Echo Arena website http://www.echoarena.com/whats-on/a-night-of-championship-boxing/ Alternatively they can also be bought from the boxer himself on twitter @C_Chadwick92.