Boxing has been on the rise in Liverpool – especially out of the Red Triangle boxing gym in Everton.
One of Liverpool’s finest young talents frequently trains at the local gym and has recently garnered hype as one of the countries best featherweights.
Lockdown has been tough for all sports having to put the brakes on for nearly a year now.
But with boxing one of the sports suffering, future hopeful Nick Ball is still managing to make a name for himself winning his two fights this year and brining his undefeated record to 13-0.
His first victory came against Ivan Godor in February where he knocked out the Slovakian in the first round.
His second that year, was then against Jerome Campbell, live on BT sport, where Nick showed his grit again winning the fight on points.
This was 5ft 2 Nick’s first fight on television but with promotor Frank Warren behind him he believes he’s up for the challenge of the big time with his bulldog style being perfect for the big screen.
‘My style is TV friendly, the fans buy into my style, its exciting. It’s my strength I can box, I can fight but my strength is all action its perfect for the TV’
Nick also found himself in the Boxrec top 10 super featherweights of 2020 and hopes for continuous progress going forward.
‘It’s good but I’m not stopping till I get to the top. I can’t be happy until I’m number one. I’m ready for the top guys now and I’m just waiting on the opportunity’
After giving Thai boxing a break as a teen he started working for his dad as a plasterer but Nick longed again for the fighting action back in his life.
‘I just thought what am I doing here, I need to be boxing so I just went to Paul’s gym and started and have never looked back’
But how far can Nick go now? Will he be as good in the stacked boxing industry as he was in the Thai boxing at a young age? Only time will tell, especially with the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided the boxing landscape.
The Everton boxing gym has had huge success recently with Nick and Olympic contender Peter McGrail to name a few. Trainer Paul Stevenson is proud of the success of the gym.
Being a previous fighter there himself and with ruling training regimes set specially for each boxer, the gym is only striving for more.
‘It’s an old school gym of real fighters. We’re not spoilt and are hard workers. Paul doesn’t let us slack off, it’s all the coach’
Will the 23 yr. old scouser be at the top one day and will his name go down with other Liverpool boxing greats like Tony Bellew and David Price?
Full interview with Nick Ball in the link below.