When and why you started boxing:
I was 15 when I started. My dad and grandad were both big boxing fans. They advised me to give it a try to keep me off the streets.
Favourite all-time fighter:
I’ve got to go with Floyd “Money” Mayweather – skills pay the bills.
Best fight you’ve seen:
I always like watching the Michael Gomez-Alex Arthur fight. Gomez dragged him into his kind of fight.
Personal career highlight:
I think that the best moments of my career are still to come.
Zoltan Horvath [w pts 4 – October 2014]. I didn’t train properly and wasn’t focused on the fight. I made it hard work for myself, as I was f***** after the first two rounds.
Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My strength is my will to win. My weakness is that I love to have a fight when I should just stick to my boxing abilities.
Enjoy training and give it 100 per cent. Don’t cut corners – you’ll only be cheating yourself if you do. I’ve learned this from past experiences.
I’ve got too many favourite restaurants to name, but I love a nice chicken tikka masala with all the sides – rice, Peshwari naan, onion bhaji and poppadoms.
Best friends in boxing:
My trainer, Keith Walton, and my stablemates, Zahid Hussain and Ishmael Davis.
Other sportsman you would like to be:
Definitely a footballer. There’s no chance of that, though – I’ve got two left feet!
Last film/TV show you saw:
[Soap opera] Coronation Street. I’m a big “Corrie” fan.
Who would play you in a film of your life:
Mark Wahlberg. He’s a very good actor.
Have you ever been starstruck:
I can’t really recall ever being starstruck.
Last time you cried:
When my father passed away. It was a hard period for me as I was in prison at the time.
Best advice received:
‘If you don’t ask, the answer is always going to be no.’ In other words, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.
Worst rumour about yourself:
I don’t think I’ve heard any. Either way, my advice would be to ignore silly rumours.
Something not many people know about you:
I was a first dan black belt in karate when I was a kid. I thought I was Bruce Lee!