Boxing - Debutant Watch: Ben Hall

This instalment of Debutant Watch heads to Chadwell Heath, Essex to feature former England international amateur Ben Hall. Ben has been involved in boxing since he was 12 years old and now Ben and his coach, Paul Cook feel the time is right to take their chances in the pro ranks.

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Ben, 20, will make his debut at the York Hall on Saturday night, and has been matched against Rochdale’s Jason McArdle over four rounds at light-middleweight.

What made you want to start boxing?.

“I have been boxing since I can remember, my dad was a boxer and when I was growing up he always had me on the pads. When I was 12 I started at the Dagenham boxing club and after a year I had my first fight.”

Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?.

“I like watching James Toney. Oscar De La Hoya is my favourite fighter, he had it all as a boxer.”

Did you do much amateur boxing?.

“I had four International fights for England where I fought in Denmark, Wales and Poland. I fought in the School boys finals. Then I moved onto Repton and fought in the national finals.”

How do you know the time is right to turn pro?.

“I have always been a big puncher and think I will be suited to the Pro’s. I just feel I am ready to turn over now, I have been training with Paul Cook for around 12 months now, we have kept it quiet that I was turning pro and have been training hard and getting things perfect ready for my debut.”

Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?.

“The pro game is a lot more physical and even the sparring is harder, there is no let up sparring as a pro. I have been concentrating on working on the inside which you don’t do much as an amateur.”

Do you work full-time alongside boxing?.

“Before my debut came up I was working as a personal trainer but now I am boxing full time. I am blessed with great parents and my Mum and Dad are supporting me right now. I am focusing 100% on my boxing career.”

What sort of fighting style do you have?.

“I have a really good jab, to be honest I can do it all, I can throw good body shots, uppercuts and hooks to the head. It’s all there and now I just have to keep working on my defence as well.”

.What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?.

“I genuinely believe I can become a world champion, I have time on my side and have massive punching power. I recognise you cant run before you can walk so I will take it one step at a time and see where I go.”

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