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Michael Hennessy Junior – brought up in boxing

Michael Hennessy Jnr 1
Son of famous promoter Mick, Michael Hennessy Junior speaks to Paul Wheeler

When and why you started boxing:
I started boxing at 11 years old. I grew up around it my entire childhood. I had my first amateur fight just two months after stepping in the gym.

Favourite all-time fighter:
Sugar Ray Leonard had it all in terms of speed, power, ability, showmanship and a huge engine. A class act inside and outside the ring.

Best fight you’ve seen:
“Prince” Naseem Hamed against Kevin Kelley.

Personal career highlight:
As an amateur, I won multiple London, Ulster and Nine Counties titles, as well as a few Box Cups. However, I feel very unlucky not to have a national title to my name after reaching a few finals. 

Toughest opponent:
Top amateur Gabriel Dossen. I boxed him twice at the All-Irelands. He’s a great fighter and a friend of mine.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My strengths are my hand speed and variety, as I can fight orthodox or southpaw. A weakness of mine would be my power at the moment, but I’m only 20 and have a lot of maturing to do. 

Training tip:
Train hard and smart, and don’t neglect recovery.

Favourite meal/restaurant:
The steaks at Miller & Carter are unbelievable!

Best friends in boxing:
I’ve made so many great friends through boxing. Honestly there are too many to mention.

Other sportsman you would like to be:
I admire and respect a lot of sportsmen, but I’m determined to enjoy my own journey through my own experiences.

Last film/TV show you saw:
Rambo: Last Blood. I love action films!

Who would play you in a film of your life:
Finn Shelby from Peaky Blinders!

Have you ever been starstruck:
Yes, when I was in Monaco and I saw Oleksandr Usyk casually strolling around the hotel.

Last time you cried:
After my majority draw [against Farhad Hazratzada] out in Saudi Arabia [in July last year]. It was against a dangerous opponent who I was advised not to take on, but I know I won that fight. I can’t control what goes on outside the ring though. 

Best advice received:
You can’t listen when your mouth is open.

Worst rumour about yourself:

There have been some insulting comments on YouTube interviews that I’ve done. My mates got a good kick out of it on the WhatsApp group chat!

Something not many people know about you:
I’m currently learning French and Spanish.

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