Luke Young talks boxing
In a recent interview with Midlands newspaper The Sunday Mercury Aston Villa right back Luke Young talked about his love for boxing; the middleweights of the 80s, meeting Frankie Gavin and how the sport can improve. Here’s what he had to say…
“I’m a big fan of boxing, my brother used to watch it a lot. Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran – I’ve read books on them all. That middleweight era fascinated me. They were all massive names and they were all fighting each other. Since then I’ve always followed boxing.
“Brian Doogan (Villa’s head of media) writes in The Ring boxing magazine and I buy that and Boxing Monthly and stuff. I always try to keep up to date with what’s happening. I enjoy it. I’ve got a lot of respect for them. It’s a one on one contest. The hype and the talk that they give and then suddenly they’re in the ring and it comes down to a fight.
“I just think it needs to match up the best fighters in the world a little more. A lot of the time it’s all about names at the minute. They’ll get a fighter who’s about 40 but is a name and put him up against someone else and put it on pay per view and it’s not really a great contest but makes a lot of money. I think people want to see the best fighters.
“I wish I had been to a boxing club when I was younger, it got too late by the time I realised I enjoyed it. I’ve done a bit on pads but I wish I’d done more as a kid. I know Curtis Woodhouse from the England U21s and he’s a good lad, he was a good player as well at left-back. He’s done well in the boxing world. I’ve not been to Las Vegas, I will do when my career is finished football-wise. I’ve been to watch Ricky Hatton a few times and a few local fights.
“When you actually have a go and you watch how quick they do it you can’t believe it. Watching Floyd Mayweather train, you can’t believe how quick he is putting the combinations together. It is unbelievable. I’ve met Frankie Gavin through Craig Gardner when we were out one night and he seems a good lad. Craig knows him well. I’ve met David Haye before and had a chat with him. It’s just something I enjoy.”