Promoter Clifton Mitchell has sent his latest signing to the curry house before his pro debut.
Mitchell this week added ABA Novice champion Sheldon Purdy from Leicester to his stable.
Purdy, representing the famous Belgrave Amateur Boxing Club, won the Class A title at 48kgs in January with a points win over Sam Cantwell from Rumble’s Boxing Academy ABC.
The 26 year old has decided to cash in on his talents and form a little and large partnership with former heavyweight contender Mitchell.
Mitchell, who challenged for British and European honours, will manage Purdy and may have to send him around the world to pick a fight with someone his own size !
Purdy currently tips the scales at around seven and a half stones and the lightest weight category in British boxing is the 8 stones flyweight division.
Mitchell said: “I don’t meet many boxers who have to put on weight, but if Sheldon wants to box in Britain he will need to eat a few curries and pile on the pounds !
“He could be the first boxer I’ve ever sent to a curry house as part of his training !
“Sheldon needs fattening up a bit.
“But there are light flyweights he can box in Mexico and Japan, so we may have to travel there to get him fights.”
Mitchell is hoping Purdy will pile on the pounds and box on a show he is planning in Leicestershire on Sunday, September 25 at the Hermitage Leisure Centre in Whitwick.
He says the power-punching electrician is an exciting addition to his professional stable.
Mitchell added: “I’ve watched Sheldon in the gym and I’m excited by what I’ve seen.
“There’s a lot of ability there. He can dig and he likes a fight. I think we just need to slow him down a bit.”
Purdy said: “I know I’ve got one-punch knock-out power and really believe I have a great shot at winning titles. I know Clifton will nurture me properly and get the fights I need to progress.”
May 5, 2011