In a regular ‘Outside the Ropes’ feature, NEFS’s Phil Lindsay will be visiting gyms in the Northeast to find out about their future champions.
On a recent visit to Gateshead, Phil caught up with Ringstar Promotions’ Mark Clauzel, as well as current pros Basi Razaq and Lewis Scott (pictured).
Date of birth: 07/02/1990
Age you first started boxing: “I started at 17.”
Which amateur club did you box for: “I was at Hylton Castle ABC.”
What was your amateur record: “I had 58 and won 32.”
What were your amateur achievements: “I reached the National Novice Final and won area belts at 64kgs and 67kgs.”
When did you turn pro: “I turned pro in May 2012 and outponted Ibrar Riyaz.”
Are you a full time pro? If not – what’s your current Job outside of boxing: “Yes, I’m a full time professional.”
Who are/were your boxing heroes – and why: “Ricky Hatton because of his body punching and the way he used to always entertain the crowd and never give up.”
Who’s your favourite North East boxer (past or present): “Billy Hardy. We boxed for the same amateur club, he achieved so much and was a very under-rated fighter for what he achieved in the sport.”
When you’ve finally hung up your gloves – what do you want to have achieved in boxing: “I would like to win an area title then hopefully move on to better things. I want to give it my best shot and just see how far I can go and see what I can achieve. I have a good team around me, I just need to get the opportunities at the right time.”