Steve Collins Jr has decided to call put his rugby career on hold for a while to follow in his fathers foot steps and become a professional boxer.
The young Collins Jr makes his pro debut at the York Hall in London on this Friday(July 5) and Collin Sr is happy for his son to make the transition.
“First of all I’m absolutely delighted, I’m proud that Steve’s going to give boxing a shot,” said Collins Snr, who is a former two weight world champion.
“He’s a terrific athlete, he’s definitely dedicated and a tough kid, you know, not just Boxing, he has a great career as a Rugby player too.
“I personally feel he’s done the right thing, by going straight into the pro game, his style of boxing is right for the pros.
“We thought he’d have to campaign as a Heavyweight, but because of the boxing training he’s dropped a lot of weight and so will fight as a Cruiserweight.
Collins Sr added: “Boxing training is very different from Rugby training and he dropped quite a bit of weight.
“All through training we thought he’d be Heavyweight, we were confident he’d be able to hold his own in the division. He’s not lost any of that power or strength so he should be very strong at Cruiserweight.
“People are bound to expect him to fight like I did, but no, he has his own style, he’s very much a come forward boxer, he’ll come forward and crowd his opponent.
“I think he’s a very exciting boxer to watch, the fans will love him.
Steve Collins Jr. versus Rolandas Cesna, features on the undercard of the Jennifer Rezke - Angel McKenzie female World Championship clash, that headlines the Dave Murphy, in association with Acourtier Events, promoted ‘Independence Day’ event, which takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Friday 5th July 2013.
July 1, 2013