When and why you started boxing:
I started when I was 13. I was picked for the Lancashire county darts team and needed to shift some weight. But then I ended up leaving darts to compete in boxing.
Favourite all-time fighter:
From a boxing point of view, it’s Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. He’s someone who I’ve studied a lot and have taken a lot from in terms of my own style.
Best fight you’ve seen:
I’ve seen many great ones, but the second Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight is a favourite of mine.
Personal career highlight:
Being an undefeated national amateur champion.
Darren Tetley from Bradford. He’s 18-0 as a pro now. He had a bloody face and I gave him a count as well, but he just wouldn’t give in. He’s a very tough lad.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
I’m an all-rounder. I have a high boxing IQ, I can counterpunch or I can stand and fight. They tell me I have good power, too. You’d be hard-pressed to pinpoint a clear weakness of mine.
Don’t overdo it, especially in professional boxing.
When I’m eating out, I like to get a T-bone steak with chips, cauliflower cheese and garlic bread. I prefer my dad’s cooking, though!
Best friends in boxing:
Everyone at Premier Boxing Club in Bolton and Glyn Rhodes MBE’s Sheffield Boxing Center.
Other sportsman you would like to be:
I wouldn’t want to be any other sportsman, but I admire the greats like Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Phil Taylor and many more.
Last film/TV show you saw:
The film, Good Will Hunting, starring Matt Damon and Robin Williams. A lesson in life!
Who would play you in a film of your life:
Tom Hardy, although I’m not sure if he’s good-looking enough to play the role!
Have you ever been starstruck:
When WWE superstar The Big Show waved at me outside Manchester Arena.
Last time you cried:
About 20 minutes ago when the horse I’d bet on lost on a photo finish!
Best advice received:
People say a lot, so just watch what they do.
Worst rumour about yourself:
Never heard one.
Something not many people know about you:
I give to charity as much as my pocket allows me to.