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“Chris Hobbs Sets Sights on “Best-looking belt in the world”

Light-heavyweight Chris Hobbs has made a solid start to his professional career with victories in all four of his opening fights. Born in Southampton on 22nd July 1987, Chris hopes to be back in the ring in June against an opponent that will do more than just inflate his record – for Chris it is important to progress in the right way; “I am unsure who I will fight yet but there are guys that I would like to face over the next 18 months or so; Danny Couzens would be a good option or even a big local fight with Joel Mcintyre. I love the fighting game and fighting journeymen to pad out a record gets you nowhere so I want to be in good fights with good fighters.”

Currently training with Michael Ballingall in ‘Bally’s Boxing Gymn’ in Portsmouth, Chris took inspiration from a number of fighters as he was growing up; “When I was younger I loved Muhammad Ali, Ricky Hatton and Mike Tyson. But when I started fighting myself I looked up a lot of fighters and then Sugar Ray Robinson soon became a favourite of mine.” Hobbs also has a healthy respect for many of the current crop of British fighters such as George Groves, David Haye and Carl Froch, but he especially recognises the qualities of Sergey Kovalev, Miguel Cotto and Guillermo Rigondeaux; “These are old school warrior-type fighters and definitely my favourite, so if I could take attributes from each of them I would take Kovalev’s power, Cotto’s aggression and from Floyd Mayweather who I consider the best at the moment I would definitely take his defence.”

With a less than perfect amateur record with 22 wins coming from 37 fights, Chris is looking to make much more of a success of his professional career; “My amateur record wasn’t the greatest – I won novice titles and got to the Southern Area semi-finals of the Haringey Cup, that was besides winning competitions in the army at squadron level. But when I moved into the professional ranks it felt right and I am more comfortable with my style – I was made for it. Hobbs clearly has his immediate targets realistically set “I am looking to win the Southern Area title and then when I am ready I would like to fight for the British title, which has to be the best looking belt in the world.”

Chris has had great backing both domestically and professionally throughout his career and he is clearly appreciative of it; “My wife and kids are very important to me and they always help to keep me focused and they give me plenty of support. When I fight the army support that I get is always immense; these guys travel from all over to watch me, so that is really good. Boxing-wise my trainer Mike has done so much for me, he loves the game so we are always talking about fights and taking things from fighters – trying to make it work, so I spend all my time watching fights and the styles of exciting fighters.” But the backing Chris gets doesn’t end there: “Tony Oakey helps me out sparring and training and he has offered lot with advice, as did my former amateur coaches Gary White, Kenny Smart and Terry Tew from Southampton ABC – without them I wouldn’t have boxed.” On making weight he added; “I try to stay in shape in-between fights, because most of the time I have a date quite soon after I have fought so I am normally back in the gymn after a week. When I am in regular training and dieting the weight just falls off, its only a problem if I have a long lay off.”

With a clear love for the sport, realistic targets set and a healthy fanbase I wondered what Chris thought of Prizefighter: “I love Prizefighter and would love to do it – personally I think it’s better when all the fighters are prospects because they all want it so much, instead of the guys trying to make comebacks because it doesn’t affect their careers as much if they lose.” Chris has other interests away from boxing that help him to relax; “Spending time with my family; my two kids Jayden and Layla keeps me busy and I also love to watch football and I am a Southampton FC fan. I also enjoy the occasional fishing trip.”

Thanks to Chris for taking the time to speak to Ringnews24.com. Good luck for 2014.