Boxers | Issue | Premium | Sep 05 2019

60 second interview: Ricky Starkey

Paul Wheeler talks to Rickey Starkey, a man whose swagger almost got him into trouble
Ricky Starkey

When and why you started boxing:
My friend from school, John Reynolds, got me into it. He boxed for St Teresa’s and took me under his wing. I first started at that gym about a week before my 15th birthday.

Favourite all-time fighter:
Sugar Ray Leonard, Rubin Carter and Shea Neary because of certain similarities in their backgrounds to my own.

Best fight you’ve seen:
The Rumble in the Jungle [between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman] or Joe Calzaghe-Jeff Lacy.