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Amar Kayani: ‘Because of street fights most of the teeth in the front of my mouth are fake’

Amar Kayani
Simon Downing
George Storr speaks to fighting man Amar Kayani

When and why you started boxing:

Growing up I was bullied a bit. I was a scrawny kid and I wanted to build up some confidence and self-esteem, so that’s why I started boxing.

Favourite all-time fighter:

I’m a big fan of Erislandy Lara and Vasiliy Lomachenko, but my all-time favourite has got to be Muhammad Ali.

Best fight you’ve seen:

I really enjoyed the heavyweight scrap between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora – the first one. That’s the most entertaining fight I’ve seen in person.

Personal career highlight:

When I think about walking out for my pro debut it still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

Toughest opponent:

Denzel Bentley. I fought him in the amateurs and he’s obviously the British middleweight champion now as a pro. He had a similar style to me but I used lateral movement and landed some big shots to beat him.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:

I’m quite quick and strong, but I don’t go for the finish enough when I have someone hurt.

Training tip:

Do your own work – don’t leave everything in your coaches’ hands.

Favourite meal/restaurant:

Grilled chicken with a hot marinade is my favourite food. In camp I have it with rice or salad. Out of camp I have it with chips.

Best friends in boxing:

My brothers and cousins – they’re all amateur boxers!

Other sportsperson you would like to be:

An MMA fighter. I do a bit of wrestling for my strength and conditioning. It’s a good workout.

Last film/TV show you saw:

I watched the Errol Spence Jnr-Danny Garcia Fight Camp documentary before their fight.

Who would play you in a film of your life:

Jake Gyllenhaal. He’s my favourite actor.

Have you ever been starstruck:

Not really, but I was very excited when I saw James DeGale. I was 13 and he’d just won the Olympics.

Last time you cried:

I don’t really cry, but there was something in my eye when I went for a run this morning!

Best advice received:

My dad said to me a long time ago, ‘Have patience and pray to God.’

Worst rumour about yourself:

People make fake accounts of me on Tinder.

Something not many people know about you:

Most of the teeth in the front of my mouth are fake, because of the street fights I used to get into.

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