This Saturday night Robbie Vernon is in action on a Sanigar Events promoted show in Merthyr Tydfill, as he heads into his third professional outing against experienced journeyman Michael Mooney
I recently caught up with Robbie ahead of the fight for a Q&A session
Your next opponent is Michael Mooney, what do you know about him?
"I haven't really seen much of my opponent due to a couple of last minute changes, but i know he's very experienced. I don't tend to look at my opponents before the fight because I'd rather sus their style out myself in the ring".
How have preparations gone for the fight?
"Preparation has gone extremely well. I have quality training all around from my coach Tony Borg and my strength and conditioning coach Carl Yardley, I've also had top class sparring from Gavin Gwynne, Lloyd Germain and Josh John who are on Saturday nights card, also Jordan Withers and Lee Selby".
Are you looking to have many more fights this year?
"I'm hoping to go in for my first six rounder after this fight and then hopefully contend for the Welsh title.
What’s life like as a pro boxer Juggling life between work , family and training how do you manage it?
"My life is Boxing, I don't work so i can commit myself 100% to my sport. My family and my girlfriends family are awesome, I have so much support coming from all angles to push me in the right way and i wouldn't be able to do it without them or my sponsors".
Where are you currently training?
I train out of St, Joseph's Gym in Newport under Tony Borg who has given me so much confidence and brought me out of the amateur style and helped me box like a professional. I also get a lot of tips off Billy in the gym who along with Tony is always in my corner. Roger also assists me in the gym taking me on the pads and sharpening me up on the run up to the fights.
When and Why did you start boxing?
"I started boxing when I was 8 years old, since then I've had 8 Welsh Vests, a Gold in the Tampur Cup, A Silver and two Bronze in the British". "I started boxing because I was to hyper and my parents thought i should channel it to my benefit".
Favourite fighter of all time?
"My favourite fighter was Prince Naseem Hamed"
What do you feel are your best attributes as a fighter?
"That would be telling", "I think my overall boxing skills are quite evenly balanced".
Toughest opponent to date Amateur or Pro?
"My toughest opponent to date is definitely Pat McCormak, who i boxed for the British in the amateurs".
I would like to say a huge thank you to all of my sponsors that have helped me on the run up to the fight :-
Elite Mortgage Company Mike Poacher and Sons Swaddesh JR Plumbing Kenfig Hill Quality Butchers Riverside Garage Action Doors SWCBD PC Signs Carl Yardley St David's Recruitment NV Art Bike It John Flint Racing Royal Oak Kenfig Hill EQ2000 K92000 Bridgend Booze EW Roderick Stone Maisons