Home Boxing Interviews Nathan Weise gives an insight into his career and future plans

Nathan Weise gives an insight into his career and future plans

Ringnews24.com: You are currently (11-5-2) what are your thoughts on how your career is progressing so far?

My career so far has not gone as planned. I’d like to be 18-0 right now. When I first turned pro, I did all three results in my first three fights – win, loss, and draw. It didn’t start how I wanted it to but I guess that’s life and things happen for a reason. If I didn’t believe in myself or believe that I can be a champion then I would have retired but I’m still here now.

Ringnews24.com: Do you always stay in shape between fights or do you put on a lot of weight?

That’s a good question because a lot of fighters don’t. The answer to that is that I don’t stay fight-ready but I’m always gym-ready. I’ll always be ready for the gym and for sparring, but a lot has changed over the past few months with my training and I would say that I’m fight-ready right now. I could do a ten-rounder tomorrow because I’m in great shape right now.

Ringnews24.com: Who is the toughest opponent you have fought to date?

That’s another good question. I’ve had 18 fights and I would say Steve O’Meara but that didn’t last long enough. I’ve got two in mind; Mark Douglas beat me on points on his debut back in 2008, my shoulder came out in the first round and after that fight I had to have an operation and a year out. I’d also say Ryan Toms; our first fight was a draw and that was tough because he’s an awkward southpaw and he can whack! I’d say Toms was the toughest out of all of those. He’s an ex-soldier so he is always in good shape and his record doesn’t do him justice. He’s a nice guy as well so good luck to him.

Ringnews24.com: What would you say is your biggest win to date in the ring?

As a professional, I’ve had no big wins or standout fights yet. I went to Portsmouth in my fifth fight and I knocked out Lloyd Smith in the second round. That should have been the fight that elevated my career, but that was probably my standout win so far, yeah.

Ringnews24.com: What fight taught you the most as a boxer?

That’s an easy one actually – Steve O’Meara. I learnt so much from that fight. Before the fight, I was so confident, I’d only lost once to Mark Douglas because of my shoulder injury and I had never been stopped. It’s completely different to being stopped in the amateurs because you can carry on but in the professionals, it’s different. I trained really well for that fight, although I had just four weeks notice, which for a Southern Area title and 10-round contest I thought it was ok at the time, but now I look back and realise that you need 10 weeks to prepare for that. I was trained by Mark Tibbs, as well, who is a great trainer. It’s taken me three times to learn that lesson. Steve O’Meara, Ryan Toms, and Johnny Garton and I’ve only just learnt that it’s all about levels. You’ve got to look at what they’ve done and how many rounds they’ve boxed and say, “Have you done that?” For the O’Meara fight, I had only boxed up to six-rounds whereas he was fully experienced at that level.

Ringnews24.com: Who would you like to fight in the near future?

Do you know what, I would really like to fight O’Meara again. He’s a really nice guy and I wish him the best but our careers have gone separate ways so I doubt it will ever happen and he’s a light-middle now. I’m staying level-headed and not calling out anybody. My biggest fight has always been against myself, I’m building my confidence again and in a few months time, I’ll be ready to jump in the mix again and become a champion.

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Ringnews24.com: Are there any plans to fight for any titles soon?

I’m not fighting this year now so I’ll be out next February in a six-rounder, then fighting for the Challenge belt in March / April, then I’ll be going for a big one in May. All the fights will likely be at the York Hall. I’m training all day still and feeling stronger now than ever before. This time next year, I want to be a Southern Area champ that’s knocking on the door of an English title fight. That is only three or four fights away from me. I’m not rushing into no fights, I’d rather get good sparring in and learn from that than taking fights I won’t learn from. I’m training three times a day and feel stronger mentally and physically and I cant wait for next year! I’m gonna surprise myself and a lot of people.

Ringnews24.com: Who is your dream opponent at your weight level?

I would have to say Amir Khan, you know. I’ve always wanted to fight him, even when I first turned pro. I still believe that he fights like an amateur although he has improved obviously and is world class, but I would love to fight someone like him. Sam Eggington would be a good champion that I’d like to fight. Dale Evans, he’s another fighter I’d love to fight. It’s nothing personal, they’re just all above me in the rankings so they are the fights that I have to be taking in the near future.

Ringnews24.com: You have fought the majority of your fights in London. Would you like to fight in any other country or particular cities?

When I boxed in Portsmouth, it felt so refreshing to fight in another place. I would love to fight at The O2 and to travel and fight in America, all over the place really, you know, but its about levels and you’ve got to earn the right to fight in these places.

Ringnews24.com: What is going on with your boxing career now – can you tell readers when, where and against whom you will be fighting next?

Looking at fighting next February in a six-rounder then going for Challenge belt in March or April. Right now, I’m in the gym every day with my team – Alec Wilkey, Johnny Sparks and Johnny Coyle, and the rest of the guys. The guys have all got big fights coming up so I have to stay in shape to help them with sparring. Also, Bradley Skeete got a big fight coming up on November 25th so been helping him with sparring at the iBox Gym.

Ringnews24.com: Do you have a message for the fans?

Yes, I have got a message for the fans: Just believe in me and stick with me; I’m training harder than ever and in my next title fight I promise I wont let myself down or you down. In 2017 Sugar Boy will be a champion!

Interview Credit: Tim Rickson