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Shaun Gardiner Interview: A Boxing Fans Perspective

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A Fans Perspective: Shaun Gardiner


My name is Shaun and I am (nearly) 26! I was born in Essex, Rochford to be precise but I have lived in Oxfordshire for 22 years now. Mum, Dad and a sister (who got married a couple of weeks again).

Ringnews24.com: What age did you become interested in boxing and why?

4 years old. 18th November 1990 to be even more precise! It was my mum who got me in to it as well! A treat for me was staying up to watch the Saturday night fights that ITV showed. This particular fight was Eubank/Benn 1. I was captivated. It was the first time I was aware of a build up to a fight rather than just seeing two guys in a ring. The first time I had seen two fighters who really hated each other as well. I was a Eubank fan from that point forward!

Ringnews24.com: What was the first fight you ever saw (on TV) or heard live (radio)?

I honestly can’t remember THE first but Eubank/Benn 1 was most definitely the one that made me a fan.

Ringnews24.com: What was the first fight you ever attended?

Shamefully, I didn’t attend a pro contest until I went to Harrison/Williams at the ExCel Arena. Growing up all of my mates were football fans, like me, and we used to spend our Saturdays travelling all over the country watching Oxford United. I was a fan of Boxing, but they were more passing interest guys and going to a pro fight was never really on the cards. That said, a friend was a decent amateur who was on the fringes of the England team. When he was fighting locally we would always go to the dinner shows.

Ringnews24.com: Have you boxed and, if yes, at what level?

Again, shamefully I haven’t. I have been gloved up, head guard on and gum shield in but I haven’t actually had a contest. Its most definitely on the bucket list though.

Ringnews24.com: Who is your favourite fighter from the past?

Chris Eubank. Loved the guy. Loved that he didn’t care what people thought of him, he was there to win and that was that. I have always loved the technical side of the sport. If you can make your opponent react without doing anything then you’ve got my backing. You can tell fans of Boxing from fight fans because a fight fan will tell you about the big punches whereas a Boxing fan will tell you about the footwork!

Ringnews24.com: What is the best fight that you ever saw?

I have three candidates for live fights. I thought Junior Witter was jobbed against Timothey Bradley (that guys luck just wont quit eh!) but it was a great fight in the arena (not so much on the telly though!). Calzaghe/Kessler was great both in the arena and when I watched it back at home. Lastly Mitchell/Johanneson. People say that fight was a war, but truth be told it was a more technical fight than either guy got credit for.

Ringnews24.com: Who is your favourite active fighter and Why?

Kell Brook. I have followed his career from the beginning. He’s a very good technical boxer and I love that. I am also a massive fan of Yuriorkis Gamboa. I have also become a convert to Women’s Boxing after the Olympics. I had seen Katie Taylor fight before but after this Olympics I have become a massive fan of hers. I would love to see her turn pro. She could be THE fighter to get Women’s Boxing in the mainstream in the UK & Ireland.

Ringnews24.com: If you had to tip one Prospect to go all the way, who would it be?

He’s not really a prospect any more but I really believe Kell Brook is a future world champion. I also think Billy Joe Saunders has the ability to go all the way. He’s a better boxer than he gets coverage. One day the press will latch on to him and there will be no stopping him.

Ringnews24.com: Who wins in the following fights?

Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye:

I made a comment on another site a while back that I had a feeling that this version of Vitali Klitschko may struggle a bit with a younger, quicker, heavy hitter. When I said it it was kind of laughed at to be honest I wasn’t even sure if I believed it myself. The Chisora fight has gone a long long way in rehabilitating Hayes standing in the sport though. I just have a feeling that an angry Vitali would get in the ring and try and bully and chase Haye down. If he does that there is a chance that Haye can win by Boxing and moving, but the fight would have to happen on neutral ground. Most definitely not Germany.

Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao:

We will never know. I truly don’t think the fight will ever happen. If it does it will be a spectacle but the fight itself will be poor. It wont get anywhere near living up to the hype. Gun to my head then Mayweather, but a win for either is too late for it to matter. Years ago, when this was first mentioned, it would have been great for the winner, now though they should probably both be retired. Its at least 3 years too late now, and the fight likely is a year away still.

Ringnews24.com: Who do you rank as the best Heavyweight of all-time?

The obvious choice is one of Ali, Frazier etc. I would throw a curve ball out there though. I think Lennox Lewis was a great fighter. He had his weaknesses, much like the best did, but he’s one of the few that could be dropped in any era and could win world titles.

Ringnews24.com: Who do you rate as the best fighter of all-time?

I don’t profess to have watched all of his fights, by any stretch of the imagination, but its hard to look past Sugar Ray Robinson for what he achieved and the time he achieved it.

Ringnews24.com: Who do you rate as the current best fighter?

Tricky one. Its not Floyd Mayweather and its not Manny Pacquiao. It was at one stage but I think both guys are past their respective bests. Its not really an answer but I would honestly say that I don’t think there isn’t a real number one out there these days. There are some good fighters out there, I think Gamboa is a beast for example, but a true number one I don’t see.

Ringnews24.com: Which fighters do you see as Stars of the future?

I actually think he’s a poor fighter but if Al Haymon and HBO continue to get behind Adrien Broner than he will become a star. Same with Saul Alvarez. He’s never set the world alight for me but becoming a star these days isn’t always about ability but how good your business is.

Ringnews24.com: Do you have any involvement in boxing now and in what capacity?

No. At 16 I wrote off letters to the top promoters in the country (surprisingly I dint get any replies!) and the goal has always been to be involved in promoting. Its a dream that’s not very likely to happen though. Shame but that’s life sometimes!

Ringnews24.com: What other hobbies do you have besides following boxing?

I am a season ticket holder at Oxford United. I also love F1.

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