Brad Ingram: “I know there is going to be a good atmosphere from the crowd I’m going to bring.”
By Matthew Davies
Gloucester’s Brad Ingram is set to become the city’s latest professional boxer when he makes his debut this weekend.
Welterweight Ingram will feature on Neilson Boxing’s Fight Town show in Swindon where he will be joined by former Commonwealth champion Luke Watkins and unbeaten prospects Jensen Irving, Anton Haskins and Conor McIntosh.
After first lacing up a pair of boxing gloves aged 11-years-old, Ingram, who is trained by Mehdi Bellarbi is looking to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Wayne.
Looking ahead to his debut, the 22-year-old says his older brother has been a big impact on him and his journey in the sport.
“When I was younger I always looked up to my older brother, so I was always trying to follow him,” he said.
“He (Wayne) had over 80 amateur fights, he was really good and I always looked up to him.
“He has been there for me, he has probably been the biggest influence on my boxing career. He’s not my coach, but he is always there telling me what to do and how to do it.”
With his debut just around the corner, Ingram says he is looking forward to demonstrating what he can do in front of a lively crowd of supporters in Wiltshire.
“Making your debut is something you train for since you compete as an amatuer, so I can’t wait to get in there, it has been a long time coming,” he added.
“I know there is going to be a good atmosphere from the crowd I’m going to bring.
“If I had to describe my style I’d say I was an aggressive boxer, I wouldn’t say I’m a brawler and I wouldn’t say I’m a long range boxer either, so I’m just looking forward to showing people that.”
Ingram has also put pen to paper on a management contract with Mark Neilson of Neilson Boxing, and the promoter/manager has high hopes for his latest recruit.
“There is a lot to like about Brad because he trains really hard, he’s an exciting fighter to watch and he has a lot of experience from his amateur days,” he said.
“His debut will be the first test of his boxing career and we can’t wait to see how his journey unfolds over the coming years.”
For tickets or more information, visit www.NeilsonBoxing.co.uk.
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