BBN took a trip to Wales to meet with Goodwin Boxing's newest recruit Conor McIntosh.
A two-time Welsh national amateur champion, the 25-year-old super-lightweight talks through his boxing story so far and reveals he's being trained by former British and Commonwealth champion Tommy Langford's best mate.
Check out his first ever interview as a professional fighter here:
What made you want to start boxing?
“I come from a large family and all of my older cousins boxed and we’d always spar in the living room from a very young age.
As soon as I was old enough, then I joined Taibach Amateur Boxing Club, which was located in a storage unit for racing pigeons underneath a working mens club.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“Ricky Hatton was my boxing hero growing up because he’s the first fighter I can remember all of my family and friends getting behind when I was a young boy.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I was 12 when I had my first fight and won with a unanimous decision”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
“I have a 2/3 record which isn’t bad, I won silver medal in Tamper Finland tournament and won the boys club Welsh Championships twice.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“I feel my style is more suited to pro and I tend to gain momentum as the rounds go on.”
What team do you have around you?
“I am still heavily involved in my amateur club Port Talbot Bulldogs, who also do a lot of charity and community work in Port Talbot. I have the whole club behind me and also family and friends.
I am currently training with ex-pro and newly turned professional coach Richard Grigg from Bideford, North Devon, and I have just signed with manager Steve Goodwin”
Are you full-time as a pro?
“No, I am also working full time as a Health and Safety/Compliance Co-ordinator in Cardiff.”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I would say that I am a textbook awkward and slick southpaw but I can also hit hard at my weight”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“I want to go as far as I can go so that I have no regrets when I am older.”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“My first fight is April 10th in Plymouth Guildhall, I will have all of my work friends, school friends, town friends and family and friends, my girlfriend and her friends, and all of my amateur club there to support me.”
For tickets to the debut fight please call: 07469 243 819
Follow Conor on Instagram: @conzomack