INTERVIEW – David Seymour
By Oliver McManus: 22 years of age, three undefeated professional fights, 69 as an amateur, four times Midlands ABA champion, David Seymour has done pretty much all he can so far in his career – having been in the sport since he was five, the super-bantam is firmly on the road to success and with the backing of MTK Global there’s not much more he can ask for.
I caught up with him at the weekend and here’s what he had to say;
David, great to speak to you, for those that don’t know let’s talk a bit about your boxing background – prior to turning professional at 21, what sort of experience did you have?
As an amateur boxer I finished the unpaid ranks with 69 contests – 52 fights for Capital ABC and 17 under Bell Green ABC. I never shied in fighting anyone in the country.
I won the midlands ABA title 4 times, I also won the England central bantamweight title, I won silver medal at the Haringey box cup as most people know this to be the biggest amateur boxing tournament in Europe. I spent a total of ten years before turning over to the paid ranks, all together been in boxing since the age of five.
Going into the paid ranks, then, how did you find the adjustment?
Going into the paid ranks I feel that it has suited my pressure fighting style and counter punching suits the pros so much more. I have worked on a lot of things with my coaches before I made my debut last October and can only see, myself, I’ve got better and better each fight.
And like I say you turned pro at 21, was it always the plan to do that whilst still so young?
Originally at a young age I always dreamed of turning pro when I was 18 but when it come around I had grew up and thought I would let my body finish growing and mature and turned over at the age of 21.
Currently you’re boxing at super-bantam, are you one of those fighters that we can see float through a few weight classes?
I have been around the same weight for around the last 5-6 years so really I can’t see myself going up any higher but I think maybe I may go down for title fights in the future with a day before weigh in.
Your first three fights, all points victories, how do you feel they went?
I won my first 3 fights in a very convincing way each opponent came in strong and fit but in each fight I had improving even more becoming more technically minded, stronger, fitter, faster and busier with my punches I can only see my career getting better in time.
In a relatively small weight division are you hoping to make a rather rapid rise up the ranks or do you just want to take your time and get the experience first and foremost?
I’m looking to get out for a 6 rounder in maybe my next fight or 2 then look to hopefully get a shot at a challenge belt or area title whether it be at super Bantam or bantam then me and my coach plan to get me looking at push on for an English or maybe even a British title before the end of 2019 before I can set my sights on beyond.
Managed by MTK, just how influential have they been in your development?
I feel that MTK have done great for me so for in keep me fairly busy with my first 3 fights in 6 months and looking to get out once more before the summer. I look forward to working closely with my management in propelling into bigger fights in the future.
Looking at 2018, then, how many fights are you looking to get under your belt?
I am looking to get a minimum of 3 more fight before the end of 2018 any more would be more of a bonus to help me push on to title quicker.
So when can we see you next out, what sort of a performance can we expect?
My management are currently looking at getting me out once more before the summer looking at July time I’m ready to fight anyone anywhere I’m always ready for anyone looking to test me and try take away my 0.