Highlights, frustrations and hopes: end of year survey part 2

Boxing Monthly
20/12/2017 6:20am

Boxing Monthly canvassed over 100 figures from boxing for their reflections on 2017 and hopes for 2018. Today Cecilia Braekhus, Chantelle Cameron, Liam Cameron, Jack Catterall, Gerard Carroll, Isaac Chamberlain, Cheavon Clarke, Liam Conroy, Conrad Cummings, Robbie Davies Jr, Jazza Dickens and Sean Dodd have their say…

Interviews: John Angus MacDonald, Shaun Brown, Andrew Harrison, James Oddy, Danny Winterbottom & Luke G. Williams.



Cecilia Braekhus, WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO female welterweight champion (32-0)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...

Fighting in Bergen against Erica Farias was the highlight of my year. She is a very tough fighter and it was very emotional to finally fight in Bergen where I first learned to box at a young age and dreamed of becoming a world champion. Also knocking out Mikaela Lauren [after] her rude display at our press conference was great as well.

The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...

Having to postpone my fight with Klara Svensson due to illness - a big letdown that caused many problems, we were promoting the show and it was very complicated to resolve.
My hopes for 2018 are...
Fighting in the United States and on U.S. TV so that I can show what I can do to a much larger audience.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
I'd like to see much more women's boxing televised in every country. There are many great women fighters who are more than willing to fight the best in their division.

Chantelle Cameron, IBO female lightweight champion (5-0)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Winning IBO belts at super featherweight and lightweight within three weeks of each other.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Probably my debut fight where I didn’t stop my opponent.
My hopes for 2018 are...
To be able to challenge other world champions in both lightweight and super featherweight and hopefully become a multi-world champion.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Allowing us women to box for three-minute rounds instead of two.

Liam Cameron, Commonwealth middleweight champion (20-5)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
When I won the Commonwealth title, stopping the champion and favourite Sam Sheedy.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Losing my Commonwealth title fights [against Luke Blackledge and Zac Dunn in 2015 and 2016 respectively], under performing and [things] just not coming together on the night [in previous fights].
My hopes for 2018 are...
Winning the British title and defending it. I've already smashed the champion Tommy Langford. [Cameron stopped Langford in their 2009 amateur bout].
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Getting all the wannabes out of the game who are unbeaten and [have] fought nobody.

Jack Catterall, British super-lightweight champion (19-0)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Winning the British title against a good champion in Tyrone Nurse!
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Only having the two fights! I had plenty time in the gym learning and improving, but it would have been nice to get out more!
My hopes for 2018 are...
To keep winning, get my shot at the WBO world title and to remain in good health!
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Fighters taking opportunities and not being afraid of seeing how great they can be.

Gerard Carroll, super lightweight (6-0)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Boxing on another big Sky show on the Martin Murray vs Gabriel Rosado bill.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Having a few fights cancelled and shows being pulled, but I suppose it’s part and parcel of the game.
My hopes for 2018 are...
To be as active as I can hopefully get on some big shows An towards the end of 2018 pick some titles up.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Probably seeing the best boxing the best in the sense of sometimes we see two top fighters at the top of their game who don't fight each other.

Isaac Chamberlain, cruiserweight (9-0)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Probably all my fights ending in knockouts. That's probably the highlight. It shows I'm maturing as a fighter, taking my time a lot more and gaining the experience because it's not all like in the first or second round. One of them was, but the rest I was breaking them down and picking my shots. It shows that I'm showing experience and maturity in the ring.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
I don't think there really was any. Everything went the way it is. If God wants it the way it is, it's the way it is. I can't really complain.
My hopes for 2018 are...
[To win the] British and Commonwealth title and to obviously fight [Lawrence] Okolie. And hopefully one day headline at the O2 as well. [Chamberlain is now scheduled to face Okolie at the O2 on 3 February.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
More 50-50 fights. Boxers fighting each other instead of fighting journeymen type of bullshit. That bullshit and ticket sales and all that. The best fighting the best and putting it on the line. That's what I would like more. Everyone fighting everyone, obviously for the right amount of money. And obviously I don't even like seeing rivals and stuff getting robbed of their money by promoters, or getting used by managers - that would help boxing a lot more if everyone is was a lot more fair but that's asking too much!

Cheavon Clarke, European amateur silver medallist, heavyweight
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Getting a silver in the Euros, which was my first major international tournament.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Not medalling at the world championships in Hamburg.
My hopes for 2018 are...
That I will show what I can do in the WSB [World Series of Boxing] and also to secure a place at the Commonwealth Games.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Me!

Liam Conroy, English light-heavyweight champion (15-3-1)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Winning the English title at the York Hall by stopping the champion [Joel McIntyre] in the second round against the odds.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Missing the opportunity to box on the Crolla vs Linares 2 card in a British title eliminator against a local rival.
My hopes for 2018 are...
To win the British title.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Nobody having to sell tickets!

Conrad Cummings, middleweight (12-1-1)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Winning the WBO European title by KO!
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Suffering my only ‘loss’ … which I thought I won comfortably … [Ronny] Mittag pulling out of a rematch, then after a 13 week camp my fight that was due to happen in the Odyssey in the summer was cancelled at the last minute. Changing trainer/team – a very frustrating year in general... but I’m happy to finish the year on a high! Onwards and upwards - next year is going to be BIG!
My hopes for 2018 are...
Another belt or two and move closer to my dream of becoming world champ, but if the opportunity arose [to fight for a world title] I’d grab it with both hands!
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
If boxers were supported better financially!

Robbie Davies Jr., super lightweight (15-1)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Earlier in the year [in] January, topping the bill on ITV4.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Being inactive when I’m never out of the gym.
My hopes for 2018 are...
Regain what I lost.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Listening to who matters.

Jazza Dickens, super bantamweight (22-3)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
The highlight of my career was defending the British title [in 2015]. Great sparring, travelling to Miami, Marbella, Fuerteventura, all for great learning experiences. Now joining forces with Derry Mathews to end the year.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Inactivity. I train six days a week, two to three times. I diet on average 230 days a year. Not to have the chance to showcase my hard work enough can be tough.
My hopes for 2018 are...
To bring the Lonsdale belt back home before moving back into the world scene for big fights.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Padded records don't do boxers any good in the future if the fighter isn't learning. Also it would be nice to see promoters work together on behalf of the fighters - the fans deserve that at least.

Sean Dodd, Commonwealth lightweight champion (15-2-1)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Winning the Commonwealth title and defending it, out boxing [former amateur] GB captain Tom Stalker easily.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Scott Cardle (or his dad I heard) refusing a third fight again, even for a Commonwealth defence - a fight everybody wants to see.
My hopes for 2018 are...
Winning the British title, or European title or even a world title! Ha ha, whatever comes my way, I’m taking!
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Having four ringside judges and a referee’s scorecard as a fifth judge in title fights. Or when a fight ends controversially [it] should be overturned and looked into properly [and] whoever is at fault should be punished properly as boxers are for anything they do unprofessionally. Drug cheats in boxing [who are] found guilty should be banned for life if it’s something they have taken which is serious and especially [if] caught out second time round they should be banned for life and jailed for two years. Oh and bring back 15 rounds! #OldSchoolWays.

Ring records correct at time of original interviews, but may have since changed.