Daniel Slaney - "I'm not afraid to box anyone put in front of me"

Daniel Slaney -

After being featured in BoxRec s debutant watch series in October last year, Daniel Slaney has made a sound start to his professional career which now see s him sporting a 2-0 record.
Turning over from the amateur game is a huge step and is a real pressure moment for all boxers, but a moment that Daniel coped with very well.
It was a strange experience but I went into the fight really confident with no nerves. Once the adrenaline kicked in all I felt was excitement about going out on centre stage in front of all my fans. It was something I had dreamt about since being a kid.
Before his debut Daniel was handed a tough decision to make. His trainer and manager Glyn Rhodes offered Daniel a fight against a journeyman as well as an offer to fight another hungry debutant willing to put it all on the line to win.Daniel took the latter and is really happy that he took the gamble.
Glyn said to me before the fight I can make you an easy fight up against a journeyman or put you in with another lad making his debut who will be coming in to win and will have the same ambitions as you. Straight away I chose fellow debutant Stuart Maddox (now 0-2-1), who was a tough cookie, likes to fight and throws lots of punches. Over the first couple of rounds he was really strong, then I started to take control. He did catch me with a good right hand which I felt but it just reassured me that I can take a punch.
After four months in the pro ranks and two wins under his belt, Daniel has another fight pencilled in for the 24th February at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. The transition from the amateurs has certainly been a smooth ride, and Daniel feels comfortable in his new role.
Yeah, everything is nice and settled and i'm still learning every day and adapting my style which is very important. I don t want to forget all my amateur skills but I feel being a pro is all about not wasting energy with my footwork, its about sitting down on your punches and controlling fights. The pro game suits be down to the ground, being a 6 3 Light-heavyweight southpaw has certainly got its advantages!
The preparation for his debut was shared with afull time Psychology teaching role, but this is not the case any more as Daniel has committed himself to his boxing career to ensure there are no distractions in trying to achieve his goals.
My contract expired at Christmas, and I chose not to renew it. Boxing is what I want to do full time and I felt if I couldn t dedicate myself 100% to boxing it could have a detrimental effect on my career.
When I was teaching and boxing it was really hard work. When I finished work, I would go to the gym for a couple of hours, then go home get something to eat and have a rest, then back to the gym for an evening session. This was taking its toll on my body.
My second performance, where I was training full time, was a lot better than my first. I boxed Matt Inman (now 0-5), who was really game and he wanted to box long, which suited me down to the ground as I could counter his leads. It was another great learning fight for me.
A boxers undefeated record is important for a range of reasons. We have seen undefeated boxers with less than five professional bouts being entered into Prizefighter tournaments, which proves that opportunities can soon present themselves if you keep on winning in the early stages of your career. Daniel agrees that keeping his '0' intact is paramount, and that he has the confidence in himself to remain unbeaten.
It s a massive thing for me, I m lucky enough to be sat here now being 2-0 which isn t much of a boast at the moment. From a selling point of view it s really important, there are fighters who have lost early in their careers and come back but we all know that your profile is everything in boxing. Being unbeaten can also help with ticket sales early in your career.
If you keep on winning and get to 10-0 then these days its not unusual to be in with a chance of an English of British title shot. If your beating the right people then the opportunities will arise.
Daniel has a good relationship with Glyn Rhodes and has placed his trust firmly with his trainer/manager to guide his career at the right pace against the right opponents. As he proved in his debut, Daniel is not scared of a challenge.
I think I might have a couple more learning fights, it s just a case of seeing what Glyn has lined up for me. I have to trust him to do his job and he has to trust me to do my job in the ring. Hopefully he will keep putting me in with better opponents and keep stepping forward. I m not afraid to box anyone put in front of me.

1/5/2012

 
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