By Dan Davies
22-year-old Danny Ball will be making his way to the ring for the 7th time as a professional on October 27th at Walsall Town Hall on the BCB Promotions show.
With an undefeated record of 6-0, Ball is currently learning his craft in the pro game after little amateur experience, “As a kid, I wasn’t too bothered or dedicated so I only had 11 amateur fights and 9 wins from the age of 11-15. I then took up the unlicensed boxing and had 16 fights with 16 wins but I was fighting at 12 stone and haven’t really taken it seriously until now!”.
“Boxing has always been around me from when I was a kid but I decided to take it up just to lose weight when I was 10. My coach saw something in me and it just went on from there really.
Ball doesn’t lack good pedigree when it comes to boxing “My uncle, Shaun Cooper, was a top amateur and captained England. He was one of the best around at his time with a record of something like 97 fights with 93 wins and then 17-0 as a pro. Jamie Ball, my older brother, didn’t do too bad as an amateur either but is more known as a pro due to winning the Midlands light middleweight title but had to retire due to a back injury.”
Danny is very honest when explaining why he turned pro as he acknowledges the dangers of the game. “I knew at some point that I’d get hurt when not training and just fighting in the unlicensed boxing so I decided to stop and have a good go at it.” The unbeaten prospect explained, “As soon as I started training with Rich and my old amateur trainer Rob, I just knew it was the right thing to do and I really believed in my self!”
On October 27th Danny will face Kevin McCauley over 6 rounds in what he’s expecting to be a tough fight, “I know he’s tough so I’m expecting a hard 6 rounds but I’m adapting well to the pro game and taking things in my stride.”
Danny knows that the pro game is tough and there are a lot of lessons to be learnt, he found this out in his second pro fight, “The fight against MJ Hall was my toughest yet. I went in there looking knock him out because I had already sparred with him and took him apart. I should have listened to my corner but it’s a lesson learned.”
With a couple of weeks left of training camp Danny shares his best and worst parts of training camp with us, “I love being in training camp with the boys because the buzz in the gym is great but the hardest part is dieting and making weight because I love food but training is going great and we’ve even been down London sparring.”
The struggles of ticket selling are known all too well by the West-Midland prospect, “Whether I can get out again before the end of the year all depends on if I can get on the shows. It all comes down to ticket sales because they need to be able to pay for my opponent.”
Looking forward to 2019 and beyond, Ball has some concrete plans, “I want to fight for the Midlands belt and then move on from there and have a big year! I want that Lonsdale belt and I want it for keeps!”
If you would like to buy a ticket to see Danny fight on the BCB show on October 27th in Walsall Town Hall please contact Danny via the following:
Facebook: Danny Ball
Tickets are priced at £35 standard or £65 VIP/Ringside
A huge shoutout to Danny’s sponsors for backing an unbeaten prospect!
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