Exclusive: Joel McIntyre on Ultimate Boxxer, fellow contestants
Joel McIntyre looks to wrap up the year nicely with an Ultimate Boxxer win and reclaiming the English title back.
In an exclusive interview with WBN, former English champion gave his view on the upcoming Ultimate Boxxer.
“I think it’s going to be brilliant, it’s quite a big event in London and what’s not to like about it.”
“There’s going to be a lot of fighters involved and everyone is shooting for the top spot so its very good.”
Holding a current record of 17-2 (3 KOs) McIntyre has the most experience in a professional ring including title fights which far outweigh some other competitors. When asked about his experience and if it plays a part in the tournament, he responded by saying: “Yeah definitely, I think so, boxing is a commendable game.
“It’s 95% mental and 5% physical, you can be in the best shape in the world, I lost last year and I was in the best shape of my life and I lost because my head was not there.”
“That just says everything I think, my experience from in and outside the ring is going to show a real difference.”
The second Ulitmate Boxxer tournament will take place at the Indigo at the O2 on Friday 2nd November. The debut tournament held back in April saw great success with unexpected results.
Speaking about the other contestants, McIntyre told WBN: “There’s a whole array of people who are in six rounders and boys who have had a bit more, I think Dec Spelman is probably the next favourite down to experience.
“He’s one that I was going to be defending my English title to in the past but I think he got injured and had to pull out.”
McIntyre revealed he’s not up to scratch with all of the contestants but states it’s not important.
“It’s interesting, there’s lots of names in there and I’ll be honest I’m not right up there with everyone, I haven’t seen every single one of them box but a tournament like this – everyone is dangerous and everyone is game.”
“Everyone is going to be going all out in my opinion just as you expect them to, which is why I think its such a popular contest, the three by three minute rounds and three fights in one night, if you’re successful, you’ve done it,” he concluded.
Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller