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‘My favourite fighter in history is Mike Tyson. He used to just knock everyone out!’

Craig Derbyshire
David Wainwright gets to know Craig Derbyshire – the super-flyweight who loves a pepperoni pizza

WHEN and why you started boxing:
I used to do MMA before I was into boxing. I went down to one of Niall Almond’s classes at the Almond Boxing Academy. I ended up doing more boxing than MMA training, so I turned over and just went on from there. I was about 21 years old when I started.

Favourite all-time fighter:
My favourite fighter in history is Mike Tyson. He used to just knock everyone out!

Best fight you’ve seen:
I’ve seen so many great fights over the years. I couldn’t think of just one.

Personal career highlight:
Winning the English super-flyweight title against Nathan Reeve [ud 10 – May 2019]. He had beaten me over four rounds in our first fight [in September 2017], so it was nice to rectify that loss on my record.

Toughest opponent:
I’d probably say either Charlie Edwards [l rsf 4 – January 2015] or Sunny Edwards [l pts 4 – December 2016] – the two brothers.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
My biggest strength is my right hand. My weakness is that I go to war too much and make some fights harder than they need to be.

Training tip:
Make sure you get your early runs in out on the road. That’s really important for your fitness.

Favourite meal/restaurant:
It’s got to be a pepperoni pizza from Pizza Range in Doncaster!

Best friends in boxing:
My trainer, Niall Almond.

Other sportsman you would like to be:
I like running, so I’d have to say Sir Mo Farah.

Last film/TV show you saw:
Gold Rush. It’s a reality TV show about gold-miners.

Who would play you in a film of your life:
Definitely Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone.

Have you ever been starstruck:
I don’t think that I ever have been.

Last time you cried:
When my youngest daughter, Rosie, was born.

Best advice received:
Train hard, fight easy.

Worst rumour about yourself:
I’ve never heard any rumours about myself.

Something not many people know about you:
I’ve got four kids.

FAST FACTS
Age:
28
Twitter: @CraigDerbyshire
Nickname: ‘Dynamite‘
Height: 5ft 2ins
Nationality: English
From: Doncaster
Stance: Orthodox
Record: 7-28-3 (2)
Division: Super-flyweight
Titles: English super-flyweight / Central Area super-flyweight & bantamweight
Next fight: Derbyshire is in line to challenge old foe Marcel Braithwaite for the English super-flyweight title that he previously owned.

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