Boxing - Debutant Watch - Dominic Akinlade

There’s always interest when a new heavyweight turns over to the pro ranks. This Saturday at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, Dominic Akinlade will begin his assault on the domestic heavyweight division which he hopes will lead him to title glory.

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Debutant Watch - Dominic Akinlade

Dominic, who fights out of New Cross, London, is managed by former Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion Derek Williams and trained by David Pereira. Dominic has been matched against Latvian Janis Ginters (1-3) over four rounds.

What made you want to start boxing?

“I started boxing when I was about 15, I was good friends with Ian Lewison at school and we used to train together.”

Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?

“James Toney was my favourite fighter along with Evander Holyfield when he was down at  cruiserweight.”

Did you do much amateur boxing?

“I had my amateur fights for Fitzroy Lodge club. I actually fought Ian Lewison twice in the amateurs. I won one and lost one against him. I was once rated number two in the UK but never got the opportunities I wanted. I also fought Dereck Chisora and Anthony Joshua in the amateurs.”

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

“I wasn’t satisfied with my amateur career but nobody has seen the best of me yet. Now my mind is set and I am ready to give boxing 100% which I could never do as an amateur. Now I am getting the right training with David Pereira  I feel like I am ready to go.”

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

“To fight with no head guard is a big difference. I was in the gym with Danny Williams a while back and we did some fighting without a head guard but it didn’t take me long to adjust. I think the pro‘s will suit me more as the rounds and the fights are longer.”

Do you work full-time alongside boxing?

“I’m a part time bus driver at the moment. My company, Arriva have been very good to me allowing me to go part time so I can concentrate on my boxing training.”

What sort of fighting style do you have?

“I never had much of an amateur style, I’m more suited to the pro game. I do have a very explosive style at times but like to work behind my boxing and work some openings.”

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

“What we want is to move steadily up the rankings. In around 18 to 24 months time I would like to be challenging for the British title. I would like to stay at that level to gain more experience and then maybe push on for bigger titles.”  

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