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Liverpool flyweight Mikie Tallon is mature past his years

Mark Baldwin spends 60 seconds with unbeaten prospect Mikie Tallon.

Age: 19

Instagram: @mikie_tallon

Nationality: British

From: Liverpool

Weight: Flyweight

Stance: Orthodox

Report: 5-0

Final struggle: Friday June 14 in Bolton (received on factors)

When and why you began boxing:

My dad took me to the health club sooner or later as a result of my uncle and considered one of my cousins had accomplished it earlier than. My dad had by no means boxed. He was at all times into his soccer. However he knew I used to be by no means one of the best at soccer, so he introduced me all the way down to a boxing health club.

Favorite all-time fighter:

Manny Pacquiao. After I was rising up, I at all times watched Pacquiao, I didn’t actually watch many different fighters however him. I simply love his struggle with Oscar De La Hoya (beneath).

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Finest struggle you’ve seen:

Prince Naseem Hamed vs Kevin Kelley at Madison Sq. Backyard in 1997. I’ve watched that struggle so many occasions on YouTube.

Private profession spotlight:

After I fought on the M&S Financial institution Area in January on the undercard of Natasha Jonas vs Mikaela Mayer. I run previous the ‘Echo’ each single day on my runs, and I at all times thought I needed to struggle there sooner or later. After which it occurred.

Hardest opponent:

I fought a whole lot of good children within the amateurs, however I’ve by no means actually been amazed by anybody that I’ve fought.

Finest and worst attributes as a boxer:

My greatest attribute is the way in which I take into consideration the game. I don’t do anything. I simply stay for the game. My worst might be I can keep within the pocket too lengthy. I haven’t skilled it in sparring, however Joe [Gallagher] is at all times saying to me to maintain transferring my toes.

Joe Gallagher watches on from the nook at York Corridor, Bethnal Inexperienced on December 3, 2021 (James Likelihood/Getty Photographs)

Coaching tip:

Joe says you may have 20 to study and 20 to earn. So, 20 studying fights and 20 incomes fights.

Favorite meal/restaurant:

My favorite meals is Italian. Spaghetti bolognese or most pasta dishes. One of the best one I’ve been to is Casa Italia in Liverpool One.

Finest associates in boxing:

Everybody on the health club. I’m near all of them. All of us simply actually get on, however Macaulay McGowan typically pulls me to at least one facet to present me some recommendation.

Which different athlete would you wish to be:

Cristiano Ronaldo for his athleticism. He’s only a nice all-round athlete.

Final movie/TV present you noticed:

Child Reindeer. It’s a bit bizarre. I watched it as a result of everybody else was watching, so I assumed I’d give it a go.

Final time you cried:

After I received my Youth Championship title in Barnsley in 2022. No one at our health club had received it earlier than, so it was a giant second for our membership. I don’t suppose I’ve cried since then.

Finest recommendation acquired:

Simply prepare laborious. I believe everybody overcomplicates sport. The reality at all times comes out in a struggle in case you have missed one thing within the health club.

Worst hearsay about your self:

Everybody says I discuss in my sleep.

One thing not many individuals learn about you:

Persons are at all times shocked at how younger I’m.

What has boxing given you:

Boxing has given me a great deal of alternatives to satisfy some nice folks and journey the world, and, with out boxing, I’d be misplaced. It’s all I do know. I’ve accomplished it since I used to be seven. 

The place do you see your self in 10 years:

Hopefully, residing an excellent life and being a world champion.

What one factor would you alter in boxing:

All of the behind-the-scenes politics. I believe the game needs to be run by one huge organisation just like the UFC. So, one of the best can simply struggle one of the best.

John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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