Swindon boxer Jensen Irving makes his professional debut in April and is relishing the chance to finally fight at the Oasis Leisure Centre having been denied the chance as an amateur.
During his amateur days at Fitzpatrick’s Boxing Gym, Irving was set to fight at Swindon’s biggest boxing venue but his opponent failed to show, leaving him only as a spectator while his club mates did battle in the ring.
And to have his professional debut at the Oasis will be a special moment for Irving, who said: “I’m excited. Back in the amateurs I was supposed to have a home show at the Oasis on an amateur card and one of the fighters didn’t turn up and that fighter was my opponent so that night I was sat here, missed out and just watched from the sidelines.
“It is a great venue, it always is. The last one was a really good Swindon show and this one is going to be bigger and better.”
Irving also admitted he fell into boxing purely because of the desire to get fit in his early 20’s. But having watched the likes of Luke Watkins come through Paddy Fitzpatrick’s stable in Ferndale Road, Irving explained how he was inspired to take up the sport.
“The first time I stepped into the gym was just to be healthy again,” said Irving. “For a couple of years when I was 22-23 I started just sitting around at home and playing the computer and watching TV and not doing enough and I’m thinking ‘I’m wasting my life here’
“I popped into the gym and I knew Luke (Watkins) from young and he was doing well in the gym, I liked boxing, so I stepped in there and it all went from there.
“I got on really well with Paddy (Fitzpatrick), he obviously knows what he’s doing, he’s pushed on a lot of people, worked with some big names and then seeing it from there and realising that we may as well make something out of it now and see where it can go.”
Irving has no immediate targets other than to secure a winning debut but he believes he is capable of winning at least at English title, adding: “I’d like to just see how far we can go.
“I’d like to get an English title, obviously start with a Southern Area title, English title, British title, I think I’m capable in my abilities to get that far and maybe even international titles.”
Irving will be part of a 15-fight card at Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre on April 27th when he fights on the Fight Town 1 show promoted by Neilson Boxing in association with Paddy Fitzpatrick and Trifecta Boxing.
Swindon’s Luke Watkins and Ryan Martin co-headline the show which also features a host of Swindon fighters including Bec Connolly, Sam Smith, Phil Williams and Said Eltuyev.
Tickets are now on sale and get be obtained by any of the boxers or via the Neilson Boxing website www.neilsonboxing.co.uk
Your Sport’s Steve Butt caught up with Jensen Irving to discuss his debut fight and you can watch this interview below.