The FightPost Interviews: Amy Timlin
This past week a young professional boxer made a move in her career which she hopes will propel her to the next level.
The unbeaten bantamweight Amy Timlin signed a management contract with Dave Coldwell after her first four fights were with BCB Promotions:
“It was at Christmas time that Dave messaged me after he watched a fight of mine and became interested in signing me. Then a few weeks ago he was on a Facebook call with my coach, they got talking and now he’s managing me. I was already planning on getting out of my old contract and then when Dave came onboard it sort of all came together.”
Timlin from Southam in Warwickshire is trained by Kieran Farrell and the move to Coldwell will give Timlin a much bigger platform to ply her trade:
“It will get my name out there a lot more. Dave is a well-known manager, and it will definitely get me more exposure when it comes to my name and boxing career.”
Boxing could return sometime in July, and with travel restrictions likely to still be in place, Timlin knows she could be back in action sooner rather than later:
“I’m still training and staying ready. I’ve been doing a variety of everything, except sparring of course. I’ve been doing strength and conditioning, bag work and technical work. From what I have heard boxing could return behind closed doors in July. I’m not getting my hopes up or anything, but I am still training hard if I get that call.”
One potential opponent for Timlin, could be domestic rival Shannon Courtenay, a potential fight between the pair has attracted a fair amount of interest on social media:
“I don’t think there is any real beef between us, we are both a challenge to each other, she sees me as a threat, so that’s why I think she has blocked me on social media. We both turned pro at around the same time, and we both have got the same nickname. She is ‘The Baby Face Assassin’ and I am ‘The Real Baby Face Assassin’ and that will get a lot of attention and sell a lot of tickets. It will be better if we fight further down the line so we can both build a bigger profile, it will be a real crowd-pleaser. So I reckon in a year or so it will be a much better and bigger fight than it would be now.”
It’s been a far from easy journey for Timlin to reach this point in her life. A life spent battling mental illness and dealing with grave personal and family problems, she deserves great credit for battling through her issues.
Timlin and her biological father don’t get on, and this resulted in her moving away from home around 3 years ago and Timlin subsequently got adopted into her step-dads family. The change was difficult at first, but they have supported her emotionally and financially and have given her much needed stability.
“The family that I’m living with now are amazing and they treat me like one of their own. They do so much for me, I love my adopted family to bits, I can’t thank them enough.”
Life has been hard, Timlin’s mother was diagnosed with a brain tumour with regular hospital visits and the obvious ongoing medical treatment and the problems that come with having to sadly deal with that sort of horrific condition.
The sport can get a bad press sometimes, and often it is more than justified, but it saves a lot of people from a different kind of life. Timlin credits boxing with saving her, the wrong friends in her school days could have seen her taking a completely different path:
“A lot of my mates at school were a bad influence on me, taking me out of school and drinking alcohol. My step-dad actually got fined £1000 for me not turning up to school. They were trying to get me to smoke, but I have never smoked or done any drugs. But I was drinking, not too much but they were trying to force me into doing stuff I didn’t want to do.
“Boxing has given me discipline, I think if I didn’t do boxing or any kind of martial arts, I would have gone ahead with what they were trying to make me do, and I would have fallen into a really bad state with them and what they were doing. So boxing has really helped me. I don’t leave the house very often now, only to go to the gym. I prefer to keep myself to myself, so I don’t have any distractions and I can focus on boxing.”
Timlin has to also deal with severe anxiety issues, and she says even going to the shops is hard for her. But boxing provides much-needed relief from her daily struggles:
“With me, with boxing I am completely different from what I am outside of boxing. In boxing I’m confident, I’m not the same girl. If I haven’t got a pair of boxing gloves on, I am anxious, I’m not negative but I am not as happy. When I am boxing my anxiety calms down so much, it helps me. Even when I box in front of a massive crowd it helps my anxiety, which is really strange. When I am in the ring, I don’t have any nerves, I feel so confident, I don’t get nervous and this is what I don’t understand.”
We all can feel aggrieved with what life has dealt us at times, more so now with how the world is. Timlin has been through more than most, especially for someone so young. She is only 20 and with women’s boxing finally getting the push it has needed for a generation, Timlin has a big future ahead of her.
Boxing has saved Timlin, and it has made her the person she is today.
Once boxing resumes Timlin is set to be fast-tracked onto a much bigger stage than even she could have imagined not so long ago. Opportunities will be there, and with her obvious dedication to her craft, they will be grasped.
Travel will be limited, domestic fights will be anything but. The fight with Shannon Courtenay could very soon be upon us, few would complain.