Chad will be keeping his feet on the ground at Walsall Town Hall this weekend, as he makes the switch from kicks to punches in his Super Middleweight pro boxing debut.
Speaking to www.uko-boxing.com earlier this week, he was adamant that he won’t be tempted to use his feet in the bout. “I did a lot of boxing as a junior so I am used to just using my hands in fights,” he said. “I’ve been doing nothing but boxing training since Christmas too, so it will feel fine just using my fists. When you get the boots on and the different gear, it won’t feel anything like kickboxing.”
And he’s confident the length of the rounds will not take any getting used to as he steps in with Lithuania’s Deividas Sajauka over four three-minute rounds.
“As a kickboxer, I did either five three-minute rounds in a title fight or three rounds in a normal fight so four rounds in boxing will be perfect to get me started. I’m used to fast starts in fights so I will be ready for that if it happens on Saturday. I could do much more than four rounds because kickboxing is even more tiring, so longer fights won’t be a problem for me to adapt to in the future.”
2 Slick and Sajauka weigh-in for Black Country Boxing’s Cool Hand & The Gang show, sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall, at the Grosvenor Casino Walsall, Bentley Mill Lane, Walsall WS2 0LE tomorrow (Friday 18 March) at 1.30pm.
In the meantime, the Suggy’s Gym fighter has been taking the last couple of days to just relax, get the last bit of weight off and prepare for war. “The final preparation has all gone to plan and I feel fantastic and strong. I am really looking forward to getting in the ring now,” he added.
“Boxing is something I have always wanted to get into so it will be a massive occasion for me. I am going to take nothing for granted in this sport and I will work as hard as possible to make sure I am a success.”
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