Welsh light-weight Gavin Gwynne has locked away his carpentry bag as he feels he nonetheless has all of the instruments to thrive as an expert boxer.
Till the start of the yr, the Merthyr Tydfil fighter was combining his sporting profession with engaged on constructing websites as a carpenter.
However Gwynne is now residing his dream as a full-time boxer and can make the primary defence of his Commonwealth title towards Birmingham’s Jack O’Keefe at Swansea’s LC2 on Saturday, in a battle that’s stay on S4C.
The 31-year-old credit the help of his sponsors for with the ability to give full focus to boxing and is trying ahead to displaying his followers the advantages of the transfer.
“Being full-time goes to deliver out a unique aspect of my recreation,” explains Gwynne, nicknamed The Merthyr Mexican as a consequence of his all-action preventing model.
“I used to do my boxing coaching after work and I wasn’t in a position to be at my greatest due to it.
“However I can now give 110% to the game.
“I used to be a shuttering carpenter and we used to do all of the groundworks on constructing websites, too.
“It was a demanding job. I used to be at all times grafting from seven within the morning to 3 within the afternoon.
“Final time I fought, I knew that if I bought the win I’d try to get some full-time sponsors to again me to do that all the time.
“That gave me the starvation to go on and win the title.”
In preparation for Saturday’s battle, Gwynne has been ready to spend so much extra time together with his coach, Tony Borg, and he has labored on including some extra ways to his recreation.
“I’ve been coaching twice a day and have put in quite a lot of work,” provides Gwynne, who has solely misplaced two of his 15 fights as an expert.
“We now have had extra time to work on issues, as earlier than it was all about getting me match and getting me by the battle.
“Tony and myself have had extra time to work on tactical stuff as I’ve been in a position to do much more sparring.
“I couldn’t have carried out something extra, actually, and I’m simply busting to get again in that ring. I need to carry on producing these nice fights and show-stopping performances.”
Gwynne can also’t wait to battle in entrance of a crowd once more for the primary time in two years.
When the pandemic was at its top in August of final yr, he had a style of the massive time when he fought in a Matchroom promotion held within the lavish again backyard of ring kingmaker, Eddie Hearn.
“It’s a large second for myself to defend the title in my dwelling nation,” he says.
“It’s very particular to do it with a house crowd behind me.
“I’m buzzing. I’ve bought a great deal of folks texting me saying they will’t look forward to the battle and it means so much.
“My followers are at all times among the loudest round and I can’t wait to talk to all of them after the battle. Some folks don’t just like the followers going nuts, nevertheless it makes me thrive much more.
“After I boxed in Eddie Hearn’s again backyard, it was sensible to say I’ve carried out that in a lockdown, nevertheless it wasn’t the identical.
“It was so eerie and quiet- you possibly can actually hear a pin drop.”
Gwynne might be taking over the previous Midlands Space champion O’Keefe, who misplaced his first battle as an expert just below three months in the past.
“He’s coming into the lion’s den,” provides a assured Gwynne.
“I’ve carried out it myself up to now and I believe it could actually deliver the most effective out of you.
“If he goes on to beat me- then his life will change. However I can’t see that if I’m being trustworthy.
“I’ve fought at a a lot larger stage than him, however I’m not taking something as a right.
“I need to present I’m the most effective light-weight in Britain and transfer onto the British title or battle Maxi Hughes for the IBO world title.
“If I come by Saturday unscathed then the massive fights will occur for me in 2022.”
The Swansea present additionally options a few of Wales’ greatest prospects equivalent to Jake Anthony and Joshua John, who’re each taking over undefeated opponents, while there are additionally numerous thrilling debutants who want to make a reputation for themselves on this stacked invoice.
Gwynne says everybody that tunes into S4C gained’t be dissatisfied.
“I’m all about motion. I’m at all times in a struggle and need to field on the entrance foot.
“You will notice loads of blood and guts and everybody ought to tune in to observe me, the Merthyr Mexican, in motion.
“It’s going to be a fantastic night time of boxing.”
Watch Gavin Gwynne’s Commonwealth Light-weight title defence towards Jack O’Keefe stay on S4C’s Bocsio Byw, from 9.00pm on Saturday night time, English commentary out there. Port Talbot featherweight Joshua John additionally takes on Spaniard, Farlin Condori, whereas Morgan Jones and Kristian Touze are amongst a number of gifted Welsh fighters to function on a packed undercard.
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