Prizefighter winner Robert Lloyd Taylor on why he retired early, building a fighter stable

RINGSIDE 18/03/2019

📷 Lawrence Lustig

Ex-pro Robert Lloyd-Taylor is building a good stable of fighters who won’t make the mistakes he made.

Lloyd-Taylor had a good weekend in Watford this month, when prospects Fuad Husseen, Aaron Sinclair and Louis Lye were all winners and he’s since added ex-amateur star Stephanie Wroe to his stable.

Wroe won three successive England Boxing Elite titles at 69kgs – and was convinced to turn pro after Lloyd-Taylor went round to read her gas meter !

He said: “We got chatting, Stephanie told me she boxed, so I invited her to the gym. She loves it there – and she can fight.”

Lloyd-Taylor has Husseen, Sinclair and Lye in action on promoter Costas Evangelou’s show at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Saturday, April 20 – and predicts a bright future for them all, provided they don’t make the mistakes he did in his own career !

Lloyd-Taylor was a 19-8 pro best remembered for winning ‘Prizefighter’ in September, 2011 after stepping in at around an hour’s notice !

One of the quarter finalists fainted in the changing room, so Lloyd-Taylor stepped up –and ended up winning.

Lloyd-Taylor told Sky Sports viewers afterwards: “All I got out of boxing before tonight was a crooked nose” and whoever was writing his scripts, ran out of ink after that night at the York Hall.

“They offered me Lee Purdy and I really wanted it,” he remembered, “but three weeks before the show, it still hadn’t been confirmed.

“I was working for British Gas on the winter shift, doing eight to six every day and they said they would give me three weeks unpaid work to prepare for the fight. I was waiting for the figt to be confirmed and three weeks out, (trainer) Adam (Booth) said there wasn’t enough time to get ready for 12 rounds.

“After that, I was offered Brian Rose for the Britrish light-middleweight, I accepted and then nothing happened. Kris Carslaw got the shot instead.”

After ‘Prizefighter,’ Lloyd-Taylor only boxed twice more before retiring.

He’s now the head of the New Kings Boxing gym in South Harrow – and has a wealth of experience to pass on.

“Everything that happened to me in my own pro career will make me a better manager and trainer,” said the father of five.

“I didn’t have a lot of fights, but I went around the gyms for years sparring and have a lot of experience to pass on.

“I know I didn’t fulfil potential and did things I never should have done. I only had eight amateurs and in my second pro fight, I went and fought a local ticket seller who was 5-0 and gave away weight.”

Lloyd-Taylor was robbed as well, Nicky Leech getting away with a six-round points verdict after being dropped in the first and shaken up repeatedly.

Lloyd-Taylor remembers his points win over James Hare as a highlight and is keen to see his fighters achieve their ambitions.

He said: “I knew I would stay in boxing, but things have moved so fast. I didn’t expect to get so many fighters so quickly.

“They aren’t tied down to anyone at the moment. I need to build them up before I take them to the big boys (promoters).

“The next step is a bigger gym and once we have that, we will look to start promoting our own shows.”

Lloyd-Taylor also has an amateur wing and said: “We want to take people all the way through the amateurs and into the pros.”