An Interview With Sam Gilley
By The Boxing Kid
Welterweight Sam Gilley has claimed tonight’s fight against former English title challenger Ryan Toms will be the toughest of his career.
The 23-year-old currently has a record of six fights with six wins, two coming within the scheduled distance.
Despite having an unorthodox amateur career to many, Gilley can already boast eye-catcing performances on Martin Murray’s undercard at The O2 and David Haye’s Hayemaker show which was headlined by Joe Joyce.
The East-Londoner is trained and managed by the well-respected Rod Julian meaning he has been afforded quality sparring with the likes of former World Champion Kell Brook and British Champion Ted Cheeseman among others.
This weekend he takes on Toms, a recent opponent of Anthony Fowler and Tamuka Mucha, as he starts to build his way towards titles in 2019.
However Middlesex’s Toms’ can boast a recent knockout win over London 2012 Olympian Fred Evans, so Gilley is under no illusions of the challenge in front of him.
“It’s definitely going to be a big test, Toms has challenged for titles so it’s a step up but that’s why I am in the sport.
“I’m really looking forward to it, he’s won the Southern Area twice and has challenged for the English.
“His last fight against [Fred] Evans, who let’s be fair got Silver in the Olympics, he got through him in two rounds. He’s a dangerous operator.
“But I’m 100% confident in my ability, I know I have the skills to deal with him and I match a great performance to with the win.
“I’ve had a great camp, myself and Rod have been travelling all over to get the best sparring in, I feel sharp, I have been smashing records in my sessions so we are in great place.”
Whilst his intentions are strictly focussed on this weekend, Gilley goes on to admit that he has set himself goals long-term in his career.
“I am not a Mayweather-type someone who’s going to sit here and shout about unrealistic expectations. I wouldn’t be in this sport if I didn’t think I had something a bit special.
“I believe in my own ability, I truly believe I can go on to win a Lonsdale belt, I wouldn’t put myself through everything otherwise.
“It can be a tough sport, I don’t think there’s many like it with the battles you face. You have to back yourself, have a good team around you and put the work in.
“I set goals, achieve them and set new ones. First off I have to deal with what is in front of me on Saturday and then we can look at them again.”
Sam fights tonight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.