Highlights, frustrations and hopes: end of year survey part 6

Boxing Monthly
28/12/2017 8:30am

Boxing Monthly canvassed over 100 figures from boxing for their reflections on 2017 and hopes for 2018. Today Lewis Paulin, Cyrus Pattinson, Lamont Peterson (pictured left), Cedrick Peynaud, Joe Pigford, Scott Quigg, Hannah Rankin, Darren Reay, Cello Renda and Jordan Reynolds have their say…

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

 

Lewis Paulin, Scottish Area featherweight hampion (11-0)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Last night! [winning the Scottish Area featherweight title against Stephen Tiffney]. Everyone had me as a big underdog fighting on the other fighter's home show and winning it proved everyone wrong.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Probably the wait/struggle to get a good shot at something like title fights or fights big enough that can change your career to help with sponsors/press etc to train full time. Allowing you to progress even further and give it your 100 per cent in the short time you have.
My hopes for 2018 are...
To fight for one of the major titles - British, Commonwealth or European
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
For people and [the] press to never write off a fighter just because of a loss. It’s caused fighters to be scared of losing their unbeaten records and prevented a lot of great fights from going ahead [which results in] losing public interest and dropping people's boxing interest.

Cyrus Pattinson, amateur welterweight
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Coming back from injury to take gold at the Tammer Tournament in Finland, beating two top opponents on consecutive days after the time out I had. Putting my name alongside [former participants] Mike Tyson and [Oscar] De la Hoya was a good feeling. 
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Definitely my wrist injury. It ruled me out of the Europeans and in turn qualifying for the worlds, the rest of the WSB fights and any other opportunities that were present. Being on the sidelines for nearly 300 days isn’t nice at all. 
My hopes for 2018 are...
Simply to keep improving and progressing. I’m working towards the Commonwealth Games but the team is still to be selected. You have to focus on the things you can control. 
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
I’d like to see some more unification fights in the pros. Terence Crawford did extremely well to do it. I know it’s hard with different governing bodies, but if they could meet each other half way I think it would do wonders for the sport.

Lamont Peterson, former WBA (Super) and IBF light welterweight champion and the WBA welterweight champion (35-3-1)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Preparing for my first fight of 2018 (facing Errol Spence Jr. Jan. 20 at Barclays Center and live on SHOWTIME)!
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was...
I don’t get frustrated. I just find something positive to focus on.
My hopes for 2018 are...
To fight four times this up coming year!
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Mandatory drug testing and better judging.

Cedrick Peynaud, welterweight (5-5-3)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
My more focused switch from kickboxing to boxing.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
My fight against Conor Benn. But I now know how good I am and that I’m capable of fighting whoever is put in front of me.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Justice but sport remains the same whether in victory or defeat.

Joe Pigford, super welterweight (13-0)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Winning my fight vs Aarron Morgan with a fifth-round knockout (Boxnation punch of the month!) and reaching third in the British rankings at one point.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
My fight [against Kieran Smith for the WBO European light middleweight title] falling through in September and therefore not being as active as I hoped to be.
My hopes for 2018 are...
To keep myself as busy as possible, keep winning and win the British title.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
I think it should be made harder for people to turn over, to stop big tickets sellers that can’t fight taking some of the spotlight off others that deserve it.

Scott Quigg, former WBA super bantamweight champion (34-1-2)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Relocating to America, working with Freddie [Roach] and training alongside Miguel Cotto, as I believe I’ve improved massively in the last 12 months.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
I’ve had a good year and nothing really has frustrated me, but I would have liked the big fights this year, but I needed to put my name back amongst the champions with two solid wins so I’ve had to be patient and now I’m right there again.
My hopes for 2018 are...
My plan is to get the big fights. I’ve had two good wins, got myself highly [ranked] with all the governing bodies, so now it’s time to get one of the champions in the ring and become a two-weight world champion.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
[For] the best to fight the best. It’s happening more so now, but I think more tournaments like the WBSS are very good for the sport - to help keep it growing and [keep] the fans interested.

Hannah Rankin, super welterweight (3-1)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Headlining at York Hall and winning the super welterweight International Challenge Belt.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Dropping a split decision away from home on pay-per-view TV on the undercard of Braekhus vs Lauren, which myself, my team and the crowd thought I’d done enough to win. 
My hopes for 2018 are...
Firstly a rematch with Joanna Ekedahl - not in a Scandinavian country! :) And towards the end of the year fight for a European title. 
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
From my point of view as a female fighter, the introduction of domestic titles to fight for as I feel this would help to bring the sport to the masses. Then we could cultivate rivalries with other girls in our weight classes here in the UK. 

Darren Reay, super lightweight (2-0)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Fighting on the Matchroom Next Gen show in Newcastle. [It] was a big stage for myself in only my second professional fight.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
A few little injuries which stopped me getting out at the end of 2017 but [I’m] looking forward to putting them injuries behind me and putting up a good 2018.
My hopes for 2018 are...
Being as busy as possible, hoping to get out around six times by the end of 2018 and looking towards a Northern Area title fight.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Fights to be made between cross promotions, so the biggest and best fights can be made.

Cello Renda, Southern Area super-middleweight champion (29-12-2)
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Winning the Southern Area title, KOing Leon Mckenzie.
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Not getting fights and not getting anyone to fight me.
My hopes for 2018 are...
Winning the English title and fighting [for] and winning the British title.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
Everyone fighting each other and not going through the back door: plus [stopping] the away fighters getting hard done by on the scorecards.

Jordan Reynolds, two-time national amateur champion
The highlight of my boxing year was ...
Winning the senior Elite GB Three Nations then being put on Team GB. 
The biggest frustration or disappointment of my boxing year was ...
Before I had my last team GB trial I tore my tendon. I had to come back to lots of rehab and do my team GB trial. Then I got in, which was a relief, [but] it took me six months to recover - as [the] NHS failed to do it I had to go private whiteout any insurance.
My hopes for 2018 are...
My hope for 2018 is to represent the British Lion Hearts in the WSB and keep improving to become world level, stick to my boxing, don’t fight with my heart, box and fight when I need to.
The single thing that would most improve boxing is...
I think maybe not making it as much of a business. As it is, if you’re a good fighter you’re a good fighter, you should be able to fight for titles. Instead they let people who ain’t even very well-schooled have opportunities because they can sell more tickets etc.

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