Trowbridge is a small town buried between fields and rivers of the Wiltshire countryside and Blackwell spends his spare time fishing and hunting for rabbits to help local farmers.
His idea of a good Saturday night is the stuff of television star Ray Mears.
“I go on survival weekends,” said Blackwell, “and there’s one planned for the week after the title fight.
“I don’t know where we’re going yet. I’ll just pack a knife and some flint in a ruck sack and my mate will drop us off in some deserted woods. You have to light a fire, find somewhere to sleep and catch your own food. I go hunting for rabbits, so I know what I’m doing. It’s great fun. I love to be outdoors doing something.”
Blackwell was a promising goalkeeper – he had trials with Cardiff City – before taking up boxing aged 16 after reading a newspaper advertisement.
“I hung around with a group of mates and I was always the quiet, shy one,” he remembered. “There was always lots of banter flying around and I couldn’t deal with it.
“I tried to defend myself with my fists and had a lot of confrontations. I thought it would be good to be able to dish out a few smacks when I had to, so I went to the boxing gym. I didn’t realise how much I would enjoy it.”
Aged 18, he turned professional with PJ Roswon and in less than two years, the Black Country manager and promoter has steered Blackwell to a British-title chance.
Blackwell knows he’s the underdog against Commonwealth champion Murray, but says it can’t be harder than sparring his kid brother !
Dan Blackwell is also set to join PJ Rowson’s camp that also includes British cruiserweight champion Rob Norton and unbeaten super-flyweight Nathan Reeve and ‘Bang Bang’ said: “Dan is a better prospect than me. He’s ridiculously strong for his weight and is fit. He just keeps coming. We’ve been fighting each other all our lives !”
May 23, 2011