By Andrew Wake: When many young boxers are asked why they’d decided to try their hand at the pro game, the majority say didn’t like the amateurs but Adam Dingsdale is different.
The 23-year-old lightweight prospect loved his time in the vest and head guard and only decided to turn over because he felt his amateur career had run its course.
“I enjoyed the amateurs and my style was suited to it,” he said. “But I just felt the time was right to slowly start working my way into the pros and boxing the pro way.
“I’d been amateur boxing for quite a while and I was unlucky in the ABAs this year so I’m ready for a new challenge now.”
His challenge starts tonight at the Dome in Doncaster when he takes on Nuneaton’s well travelled Kristian Laight and despite him hailing from Kent, Yorkshire is becoming of a home away from home.
After an amateur career than saw him win the NABCs and reach the senior ABA semi-finals, Dingsdale could have had his pick of managers but chose Mexborough-based Stefy Bull.
He explained: “I’ve been doing a lot of training with Joe Elfidh, who is an unbeaten fighter from up that way and he introduced me to Stefy in Doncaster and that’s how I ended up signing with him.
“I get up to Yorkshire once or twice a month and do a bit but I’ve got my own coaching team down here. I’m trained by Ray Askew and I have good people who look after my strength conditioning.”
Dingsdale, who started out as a kickboxer at nine years of age, knows he’s got a lot of miles to travel on his boxing journey. However, he admits to already having his eye on title fights.
“I’m looking at domestic titles in the next few years hopefully,” he stated. “It’s my dream to be British champion after that I can build on to big stuff.”