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Graham Earl chats with Ringnews24

 

Graham Earl (born 26 August 1978) is a retired English lightweight boxer from Luton, England. He is a former British and Commonwealth lightweight champion and newly turned promoter.

Professional Record

won 26 (KO 12)

lost 4 (KO 3)

drawn 0

KO% 40

Last Fight: Karl Taylor, Won PTS 6

Follow Graham’s Progress

Official Website – www.grahamearl.com

Twitter – House of Champions

FaceBook – Graham Earl

 

Presents an Interview with newly turned promoter Graham Earl

Hi Graham, on behalf of RingNews24.com and our readers, thank you for taking the time to talk to us. As well as our own, we have included questions provided by fans on the RingNews Forum.

We hope our readers enjoy the interview

 

 

Ringnews24.com: How did you get into boxing?

Graham Earl: My older brother David boxed, so as all little brothers do I looked up to him and I followed in his footsteps.

Ringnews24.com: What was your amateur record?

Graham Earl: 72 fights 63 Wins

Ringnews24.com: What made you turn pro, and was it hard to go from amateur to pro?

Graham Earl: I lost my Dad when I was 17 – we had always talked about me going pro with him by my side, so when he died suddenly I thought “I have to do this – at least give it a shot – for him.” It helped me to move on and remain positive.

I personally found the transition from am to pro easier – I felt it suited my style of boxing.

Ringnews24.com: Looking back now, is there anything you would do different as a professional boxer?

Graham Earl: Yeah, too many things to mention. I always led my career with my heart rather than my head so I fought people like Yuri Romanov – the WBC-ranked number 3 at the time – for no title and very little money just to beat him.

Amir Khan; they wanted me – I didn’t need to take that fight, I was above him in the rankings.

I had just come off a hard fight with Katsidis and I guess Team Khan knew I was ready for the taking, plus he got the Graham Earl name on his record. As a manager and a promoter I will not be making the same mistakes with my fighters.

Ringnews24.com: Which fight would you consider your best?

Graham Earl: It has to be Michael Katsidis, the guy is a machine from his condition to his boxing ability. Even though I suffered defeat and at the time I was devastated now I can see that it actually was a career defining fight.

You could see how much both Michael and I wanted that title.

Thankfully I am fortunate that I got through the fight relatively unscathed.

Ringnews24.com: Who hit you hardest?

Graham Earl: The two names that still rock my head are Yuri Romanov and of course Michael Katsidis.

Ringnews24.com: What was going through your mind when you dropped Michael Katsidis in one of the best fights of modern times?

Graham Earl: Finishing him – I just thought “stay down!”

Ringnews24.com: Did you see the towel get thrown in and back out?

Graham Earl: No I was focused, I now realize Johnny Eames had my best interest at heart, a good trainer always looks after his fighter and he did. However If it had not of been thrown out it would not have been as dramatic.

Ringnews24.com: Did you have any doubts about fighting on in the Katsidis fight, even when the corner threw in the towel and you ended up dropping him right afterwards?

Graham Earl: No, a fighter can never have doubts; you step between the ropes to win.

Ringnews24.com: How have you found the transition from boxer to promoter?

Graham Earl: All I can say to Frank Maloney & Frank Warren is I made your life easy! We have a great team and a good stable of fighters. I still find myself taking the fighter’s point of view but thankfully I have a business partner who keeps me in line with the business aspects.

Ringnews24.com: Which do you prefer: being a boxer or promoter?

Graham Earl: I love the game and I will always miss the boxing. I am fortunate that we have a boxing gym in Luton, which gives me the opportunity to jump in and have a spar every now and then and train fighters – it makes it easier. I could not deal with having nothing at all to do with the boxing side.

Ringnews24.com: Who is the pick of the guys you have coming through the ranks in your stable?

Graham Earl: Everyone on our books has something special about them that’s why we have them. We have been fortunate that Willie Limond has given us the opportunity to promote him. We also have lots of fresh talent in Belfast and here.

Once they settle in to the pro game I am sure we will have some future world champions in the making.

Ringnews24.com: What’s been your biggest surprise/difference in terms of seeing things from the Fighters side and now looking at it from the promotional/management side of things?

Graham Earl: As I said it was different when I was fighting, we just wanted to get in and be the best. Today fighters seem to almost have it handed to them with sponsorship before they have even stepped in the ring.

It’s great for them, however I worry sometimes that perhaps the hunger we had isn’t there.

I always say to our fighters keep your feet on the ground, in boxing it only takes one shot, you always have to be ready and never underestimate your opponent.

Ringnews24.com: Many of the fighters you are working with are younger lads – I’m sure that’s both gratifying and perhaps a bit frustrating. What’s the secret in working with those whose careers are still in the early stages?

Graham Earl: I think it’s really exciting, we are part of their beginning – each fight I see them grow and develop into the fighter I know they can be.

Ringnews24.com: Do you think there should be more boxing on terrestrial TV?

Graham Earl: Yes of course, Graham Earl Promotions should be on TV we have some up-and-coming talents that need to be seen.

Ringnews24.com: In Brazil on 25th March fans can go and watch Michael Oliveira 13-0 (11 kos) for FREE. Do you think that’s something that should happen in the UK at lower-profile events to get fighters and the sport more recognition and help build the fan base for the future?

Graham Earl: That would be great, unfortunately the cost of actually putting on a show is so great that unless you have a TV deal as well, to subsidise it would be difficult. Perhaps some of the big boys should lead the way here in the UK.

Ringnews24.com: With many promoters finding it hard to get their fighters on TV, particularly Sky, do you think there is a market out there for boxing events to be streamed on the Internet? Hatton promotions are one of few who have taken this road recently with smaller shows.

Graham Earl: It’s just not the same – mainstream TV has to come back on board. We are regularly reading how boxing is helping youngsters turn their lives around, how it keeps them off the streets etc. Boxing is positive – two individuals step in the ring, only one leaves as the winner yet both have a mutual respect for one another at the end.

Sky, ITV and the smaller digital channels need to be onboard. TV reaches a much wider audience and that is what the sport needs.

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