Powerful New Zealand middleweight Roseanna Cox has officially turned professional with MTK Global and outlined some lofty ambitions.
London-based Cox, who won the English Novice 81kg title in impressive style, is trained by Samm Mullins at Churchill’s Gym in Vauxhall and is determined to lift a professional title within her first year.
Looking back on an unusual journey into the paid ranks, Cox said: “I started boxing in New Zealand doing fitness classes and everyone told me I hit hard, saying I should try boxing. I remember watching Mike Tyson on TV and I hated fighting and said I’d never do it!
“One day I got talked into sparring and I got beaten up. I got out of the ring and the guy who’d convinced me said he was sorry. My nose was bleeding and I had a black eye and I said: ‘I love it. This is me!’
“I got scouted by the New Zealand team and went from there. My first three fights were international fights. I won the novices and then fought at the world championships in 2014.
“After a bit of a break, I’ve decided I want to do it seriously and England is the right place to do it. I’m going to pursue it as a career now.
“I want a belt in the next 12 months. Which belt that will be, I guess MTK Global will guide that. It’s too early for me to start calling people out but I’ll be looking to move fast.
“I know a few boxers managed by MTK Global and everyone says really good things. They’ve got a good history and I feel they can guide my career.”