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Get to know Sam Maxwell

Sam Maxwell
Ahead of his British and Commonwealth title clash with Akeem Ennis Brown on Saturday, Sam Maxwell talks about his inspirations, fighting Lomachenko and more

When and why you started boxing:
I started boxing when I was 10. I’d been doing kickboxing since I was about five. My cousin went to a local gym and I went to work on my punches and just fell in love with it. I went to Higherside ABC and quit kickboxing not long after that.

Favourite all-time fighter:
My favourite all-time fighter is Muhammad Ali. I used to grow up watching all his videos. I think the greatest boxer of all time is Ray Robinson, but my favourite is easily Muhammad Ali.

Best fight you’ve seen:
I’ve seen so many good ones, I’ll say Morales vs Barrera 1.

Personal career highlight:
The first time winning the ABAs in 2011. I realised how I’m good at this and the best in England. I was in Boxing News every time I fought and it was just amazing. Definitely winning the ABAs the first time.

Toughest opponent:
It’s got to be Lomachenko. That’s the only person where I’ve got in there and I don’t have a clue what to do. He’s just too many steps ahead of me.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
I’ve got a textbook one-two and I feel like I’m world class with it. I feel I’ve got a good mentality. As for my worst there’s a few but perhaps I don’t believe in myself as much as I should.

Training tip:
Be consistent, go every day, even if you don’t feel like it, get there, get training. I think that’s the key. Don’t miss sessions.

Favourite meal/restaurant:
I’d say it was the China Palace in Prescott. They do the best salt and pepper everything. That’s where I’ll be going after my fight anyway.

Best friends in boxing:
Sean McGoldrick, Ekow Essuman, Kody Davies and Ryan Vaughan.

Other sportsperson you would like to be:
There are so many easier sports than ours. Give me Usain Bolt, everyone still knows who he is.

Last film/TV show you saw:
Time, it was brilliant.

Who would play you in a film of your life:
Denzel Washington.

Have you ever been starstruck:
Maybe Usain Bolt in the Commonwealth Games. I got to see him there, that was amazing.

Last time you cried:
That Time show is quite sad. I can’t think, but I’m an emotional guy.

Best advice received:
George Vaughan told me it’s nice to be nice. It was something I related to.

Worst rumour about yourself:
Paul Walmsley round team GB used to say I was the tightest man on team GB. But I wasn’t. I was just poor!

Something not many people know about you:
I went to university, won the university boxing championships. I am a nerd. Good job I started boxing.

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