AS an elite amateur John Docherty, as well as gold at the Youth Commonwealths, won bronze at the most recent Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast before turning professional. Speaking to Boxing News at the Hands of Stone gym in Montrose, he discussed his career so far and his hopes for 2019. Trained by Tony Sims in Essex John explained how they ended up working together.
“I liked Tony and also he has a good squad with a few lads around my weight so I can get great sparring down there and it all seemed to fit,” Docherty said. “The other advantage to being with Tony is the connection to Matchroom, it doesn’t automatically mean you get taken on by them but they will look at you. I was fortunate enough that they liked me and we signed a deal for six fights initially but hopefully that will be extended once I’m through those. I knew Eddie Hearn was keeping his eye on me through the GB set up as I had spoken to him there. I would have been number one choice to go to the Olympics in 2020 but I liked the thought of having a belt around my waist more.”
John has already mixed in some excellent company albeit mainly sparring as he has blown out both the opponents he has faced so far, with his debut being an 18 second demolition of Jordan Latimer. He went on to explain how this has helped his development as well as given him the confidence he will succeed.