Warren Sinden with Johnney Roye
By Dewi Powell: Two-time Welsh ABA finalist Warren Sinden is set to switch codes and turn professional at the Hatton Promotion’s show at the Lava & Ignite nightclub in Preston tonight.
The 22-year-old from Welshpool in North Wales will be another edition to the increasing number of young pros under the tutelage of up coming trainer and manager Johnney Roye at his JR Gym in Oyston Mill, Preston.
The light-middleweight has had a long wait to turn pro but he’s taken advantage of it.
He said: “I can’t wait. I’ve been in a 10 week training programme for it, I’m feeling fantastic. I think I’ve been ready for the last two/three weeks, easy. I’m not getting ahead of myself, I’m still going to keep training hard and I know I’m not there yet, there’s still more work to get done.
“I’m very confident of putting on a good performance and getting a good win, I’m looking forward to do it in front of a lot of people coming up from Wales and I know it’s going to be a good night.”
Sinden is unseen by many but he’s confident that he’ll show he’s unique tonight. He explained: “I know a lot of lads say ‘people compare me to him’. But I always like to think of myself as Warren Sinden – my own package. A lot of people have said sometimes that my style looks like Carl Froch but I don’t really see the resemblance myself.
“In different parts of different rounds you do things that look like other fighters but I think all round I wouldn’t really compare myself to anyone. I just like to say I’m me and do what I do.”
Johnney Roye, the trainer and manager of Sinden, isn’t complacent but he’s confident Sinden has the qualities to succeed.
“If you look at any of the great fighters there’s always things you think you could change for the benefit of the fighter and it was the same with Warren,” he commented.
“I went down to Wales to watch him fight and his desire to win is outstanding. If you’ve got someone who’s focused, has a great desire to win, is prepared to sacrifice then he’s the person to work with. The improvements that he’s shown since he’s been here are unbelievable.”
One thing Sinden is desperate to do is to catch the eye of promoter Ricky Hatton who also promotes Welshmen Gary Buckland and Tom Doran.
Sinden said: “This is a good chance for me to show what I’ve got. With some good performances and a few more chances on Hatton bills, he might take interest in me himself one day like he has done with Tom Doran from North Wales. I’m looking forward to it and it’ll be great.”
Sinden combines boxing with his university degree at the University of Central Lancashire where he’s in the third year of studying personal fitness training and he says both focuses fit together well.
“It ties in well with the training because I’m not working nine-five every day so there’s time slots in the day where you can fit training in. I think the two go together well as long as you make sure you stay ahead of deadlines.”
Sinden enjoyed a stellar amateur career which included Welsh schoolboy titles, three international bouts and two senior final appearances in the Welsh ABAs. The last Welsh ABA final Sinden fought in March (a 19-4 loss to Liam Williams) was at middleweight, but he’ll move down in weight to make his debut.
He explained: “I’ve always been knocking around 70 kilos so I am a light-middle. In the Welsh ABA’s I couldn’t really make the 69 kilo bracket for welterweight so I opted to go up to 75 kilos for middleweight. I think the English lads have a light-middle category but the Welsh lads don’t so I was up in the 75s.”
“I still felt like I was big enough and strong enough to mix with the middleweights but obviously now as a light-middle, I’ll be the bigger and more physically strong guy so I’m looking forward to it and being in my natural weight,” elaborated Sinden.
The prospect, who started training when he was just seven years old, is targeting titles early in his career, but he isn’t getting carried away.
He said: “In the first 12-24 months I’ve got to remain unbeaten until we start getting up to the longer rounds where we can go for the area titles. Johnney has already said that hopefully towards the end of the second year we can start looking at the area titles. I’ve already said to him look at what you can do for me because it would be an honour to win a Welsh title. I failed to do it as an amateur senior, to do it as a pro would mean a lot to me.”