Advertisements

RING TALK – ROD JULIAN “From Footballer to Boxing Trainer”

Rod Julian runs the increasingly expanding RJ’s Gym in Loughton Essex. Boxing training was not Rod’s first sporting career after playing all around the world as a Semi-Professional footballer.

 

From humble beginnings Rod ended up marrying sweetheart Lesley earlier this year with many saying on a sporting perspective “Rod is punching above his weight”. Lesley has been very supportive of Rod’s passion for boxing and Rod would say you need s supportive wife in the training business.

Rod left school at 16 to work for his father who was a market trader before he went travelling and gained work in the football field. At the age of 19 Rod discovered a passion for the noble art and to enable him to financially support this ran various businesses, some more successful that others. He opened his first gym at the age of 26 and remember taking “Pretty boy” Roy Shaw on the pads which Rod recalls was a very intimidating experience. From training fighters on the unlicensed circuit Rod turned his hand to the professional game in 2011.

 

The first boxer Rod trained was Michael Lomax who Rod took to a contest for the Commonwealth title and at the end of his career when he retired Rod had taken Michael to number 6 ranked in the country.

 

As with every trainer Rod had to work with boxers who were starting late or needed resurrection. One such fighter was Ben Day who Rod guided to the Southern Area title. Rod also took Erick Ochieng back to his glory days losing a split decision to John O’Donnell for the English title.

 

Rod now his first fighter from scratch with Sam Gilley who he hopes will become his first British Champion. Indeed it is Rod’s ambition to have a British Champion within the next five years.

 

Rod is ably assisted in his gym by Mark Byrne and is still looking to take on the “right calibre” of fighters. “It is easy when you get given the cream. I believe I have done really well with the boxers I have had. I believe the future is bright. I work closely with Steve Goodwin and we make a really good team.” Rod concluded.

 

If integrity, honesty, commitment and determination plan a part Rod will become the leading trainer in the UK.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this article and feel free to leave comments in the section below, to share the article via the quick link buttons below and to subscribe to our website. We would also like to point you in the direction of our Official TWBW Shop where you can purchase signed memorabilia as well as Official TWBW merchandise including premium hoodies and multiple styles of T-shirts in all sizes and at great prices!

Make sure you’re following and subscribed to us on all social media platforms:

Twitter: @WorldBoxingWall

Instagram: @TheWorldBoxingWall

Facebook: The World Boxing Wall

YouTube: The World Boxing Wall

Advertisements
About The World Boxing Wall (845 Articles)
#TWBW

Leave a Comment! Do you agree or not? Anything else to add?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: