Home Boxing Interviews 41-year-old Journeyman Matthew Scriven still enjoying boxing

41-year-old Journeyman Matthew Scriven still enjoying boxing

Ringnews24.com: How did you get into boxing and what age did you start going to the gym?

I was asked by a school classmate, Nicky Weaver, to go to the gym aged 10.

Ringnews24.com: What was your amateur record and did you win anything as an amateur boxer?

I was Midlands champion with 40 wins out of 70 for Radford Boys ABC.

Ringnews24.com: Who is your current trainer and where do you train?

I train myself at my own gym Robin Hood professional-amateur boxing gym in Mansfield.

Ringnews24.com: Most people would call you a ‘journeyman’. Is that term disrespectful or is it the same term fighters like you refer to themselves?

Yes, we all use the same term and don’t take offence. I box at short notice against anybody.

Ringnews24.com: You have fought 104 times in a 18 year career. That’s an astonishing amount even by the standards set by legends decades ago. What makes you keep fighting?

I enjoy boxing with a passion and like a challenge.

Ringnews24.com: I once read that some boxers of yesteryear like Jack Dempsey would wash their faces in vinegar to keep it from cutting. Do you have any methods to keep your skin so rugged?

I use cocoa butter to moisturise.

Ringnews24.com: At which point in your career did you realise you probably weren’t going to win many bouts and had become a journeyman?

My style of boxing does not work with a heavyweight head on a lightweight body with short limbs. I grew up watching Tommy Hitman Hearns and realised I didn’t have to same tools.

Ringnews24.com: Do you think journeymen always get a fair deal in the ring or do you think sometimes if a fight is close the win will be given to the opponent in order to keep his own record looking good?

I agree it’s given to the home lad, even when very close, but as a journeyman that’s expected.

Ringnews24.com: Does losing so many times ever dishearten you or make you want to give up?

Not at all I enjoy boxing and thoroughly enjoy each and every test, that’s why I do it.

Ringnews24.com: Are journeyman expected to make weight as stringently as other fighters are?

Not always.

Ringnews24.com: If a boxing fan didn’t know who Matt Scriven  was, which of your fights would you recommend they watch?

It would have to be my 101st against Siar Ozgul at York Hall, Bethnal Green,  at 41 years old I am still competitive and enjoyed myself against Turkeys number 1 ranking.

Ringnews24.com: We all know boxing carries with it a certain degree of risk to health, but what do you say to those who call for a ban on boxing?

The good points far outweigh the bad points with boxing today, banning it would just force it underground.

Ringnews24.com: Are you concerned that the amount of fights you have had may affect your health later on in life?

No I am fitter then a lot of people half my age, fitness to me is a way of life so I will always take care of myself.