You only get one professional debut, and Danny Skidmore can’t wait to experience his as he makes his bow in the paid ranks on BCB’s ‘February Firepower’ at The H Suite in Birmingham on February 16th.
The twenty-seven-year-old, who turns twenty-eight on fight week, hails from Tipton and is trained by Jimmy Gould at Gymmies Fitness & Boxing in the Sandwell Borough town.
A keen sportsman, Skidmore split his activities between football and boxing as a young man, joining his local amateur gym at the age of eleven. He played football at a high level, but those early years at the William Perry Amateur Boxing Club stoked a passion for the sport of boxing, which continued throughout his life.
“I always played football, but my interest was always boxing, learning about the sport, and watching it. I loved Ricky Hatton; he really grabbed my imagination with his style of fighting and how exciting he was to watch.
“My first amateur fight was when I was thirteen, and I was pretty nervous. I didn’t have a lot of them, seven in total, winning four. COVID put a stop to my boxing, and I stopped training, but I always had it in the back of my mind that it would be something I would return to.
That return would come on the unlicensed circuit, which bore some good performances with seven wins and one draw from eight contests. Like most fighters starting out, Skidmore works full time in the scaffolding trade, so training must fit around a physical job role.
“The plan was always to turn to the licenced ranks, and now feels like the right time to do it. Those unlicensed shows felt a lot more like what I imagine professional boxing will be like compared to my time as an amateur. It will definitely help me, as I am already used to the big crowds, ring walks, selling tickets, and atmosphere on fight night.
“I want to put on a performance and enjoy the experience. I will have a lot of people coming to see me, and I want to repay them and my partner and family, who have always been so supportive of me and my boxing ambitions.
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