An opportunity to entertain a new audience awaits for Nico Michael, as he boxes outside of his hometown of Northampton for the first time as a professional at the H Suite in Birmingham on October 1st.
“I’m just excited to get in there, I was meant to be boxing in September but a small groin injury pushed me back a few weeks but now I have this chance to fight in a new city and show the Birmingham crowd what I can do”.
He started out at Northampton Boxing Club, before moving on to Kings Heath BC, where a first meeting came with James Conway, who still trains him out of the Team Shoe Box gym.
It’s been a lively start to the unbeaten super-flyweights career, with three wins from three but his last bout was a bit too close for comfort, taking a 39-38, razer thin decision against Nabil Ahmed.
“To be honest I thought I won it clearly, he won the last round and came on strong towards the end but I did more than enough to get the nod. There are no easy fights in this division and he caught me with a decent shot but I fought fire with fire and came out the rightful winner”
After a short amateur career of just thirteen fights Michael turned over last November under the experienced tutelage of James Conway. Victories over Reiss Taylor and Jake Pollard soon followed.
“I’m happy with how it is going so far, I like to keep to my routine and live quite a regimented lifestyle when it comes to training and things like my food prep. I’m an early riser and like to do my running in the morning so fitting training around my work is easier”
“It’s a great gym with a real buzz about it with the likes of Kieron Conway getting big fights and I’m in the right place as I build towards my own title opportunity, I know they will have me fully prepared.
Despite not achieving a shut out win yet, Michael is keen to push on after this and move to the longer distances.
“I want to go back to what I was good at, as an amateur. That’s more of punching from angles, head and foot movement. I’ll work on my engine again and outpunch my opponent.
“I don’t want to jinx it, but this should be my last four-rounder. I’m keen to go for six next. The sky’s the limit, from there, and I’ll be looking at titles.
Tickets for the H Suite bill are available, priced £40 standard, £75 VIP directly from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com