Roney Hines: ‘I Just Want To Achieve Being Successful As A Person.’
By Chris Akers
In late March, Roney Hines was due to travel to the UK to spar with British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Daniel Dubois. Sadly, like all sport, this had to take a back seat due to the coronavirus pandemic.
‘I was two days away from going down there and getting some good sparring. Corona just shut down the countries. I was bummed out about that. Hopefully this corona can get over with and I can still get over there.’
Despite this and though he is mostly indoors due to the lockdown, Hines is still able to do some training, even if it is only light.
‘It’s more like light training as you can’t do too much. You can’t really run outside because the police are going to pull you over and tell you what to do, ask what you out here for and this and that. You can train in the house, but I don’t have a large house to train in. I’m in an apartment so I’m limited to what I can do. But I’m still keeping up the cardio.’
Although he was interested in a lot of sports from a young age, it was boxing that he particularly liked. His love for the sport stemmed from doing martial arts at a young age.
‘When I was 9 or 10, my father had us doing martial arts. He eventually took me to a boxing ring. From day one, the first day I got into a boxing ring, the coach they made me spar. I got beat up of course, but I fell in love with the sport. I fell in love with getting beat up, because I told myself that I can’t just go in there and lose. So I had to go back in and redeem myself. It felt good redeeming myself and just training. I went back with a hot head and never turned back. Just stayed with it.’
After boxing for a while, Hines had to stop for a number of years due to a series of unfortunate events. So why did he decide to return to boxing afterwards?
‘Because I just love boxing. You know life hits you sometimes and force you to calm down. Force you to stop doing things you love. But me, I always put boxing in my schedule. I put boxing first before anything. No matter what happened in my life, I had to go back.’
Return to the sport he did, having 80 fights as an amateur, the highlight of which was winning the heavyweight title at the National Golden Gloves in 2018. After winning that tournament, was he tempted to wait a couple of years to try to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics?
‘It was a thought. At that point of my life, I couldn’t afford to. So that forced my hand to go pro. At that point in my life, it was either go pro and I was going to have to slow down boxing and working nine to five and lay off boxing for a year or two.’
Hines turned professional in July 2018, having his second pro fight eight days after his debut. Citing Vasyl Lomachenko as his favourite fighter, Hines’ professional record currently stands at eight and 0. His trainer is Marlon Davis, who he has high praise for, as well as Davis’ father who initially trained him.
‘Marlon Davis. He’s great. His father was actually my trainer and he had passed a few years ago. He picked up the pieces and became my trainer since then and it’s perfect. The heavyweight game was such a transition to me as I was so skinny. He helped me transition to heavyweight so well and get me ready for it. I can relate to him as he’s only 35.’
The high praise is not just reserved for his trainer. He also praises his management team Sheer Sports.
‘They are great guys. From day one, they call on the phone and see how I’m doing. They helped me out even outside of boxing, just personal problems. So I feel like a have a real good team. My promoter GH3, they’re great guys too.’
Having a solid training and management team has been complemented by having quality sparring partners, one of whom is a former world champion.
‘I spar a kid from Toledo, Jared Anderson. He’s getting some good buzz. He was Tyson Fury’s main sparring partner for his fight with Deontay Wilder. He’s an up and coming heavyweight boxer that’s going to be great in the game. He’s got the package. I’ve sparred Charles Martin down in California. Did some good work with him.’
Doing the research for this interview, it was interesting to hear Hines’ views on the American heavyweight scene. Overall, he seems less than impressed.
‘They’re bums. They’re one side. That baby-faced guy, think he’s Polish (New York based boxer Adam Kownacki). He lost to that Nordic Nightmare guy (Robert Helenius). I think he was the only decent boxer based in the States as far as the heavyweights, him and Andy Ruiz. But after Ruiz fought Joshua the second time, all that went out the door.’
Like all boxers, Hines wants to be successful in the ring. Yet he is using boxing as a spring to be successful later in life.
‘I just want to open up businesses. I don’t want to be the famous guy. I can just be successful without being famous. I just really got one goal and that’s to make enough money to open up businesses where I can be financially stable and my kids can be financially stable.’
All boxers are currently in limbo as to when the sport can get back up and running again. Once boxing restarts again, what Hines would like to achieve is not only confined to the squared ring.
‘I just want to achieve being successful as a person. I just want my kids to be able to not worry about nothing. That’s the whole point of me boxing. Just not have to worry about anything in life and to raise my kids right. I use boxing as a foundation of life. So I’ve taught my kids how to stay calm in situations and be the best they can be. So that’s I really want to achieve.’