Ruthin’s Yaxley made his long anticipated debut at Liverpool’s Olympia recently outpointing tough journeyman Kevin McCauley (15-178-12) winning every round on referee Jamie Kirkpatrick’s scorecard impressing those at ringside in the process.
Yaxley controlled the fight from start to finish and gave nothing away to his vastly experienced counterpart, snapping out the jab and whipping in body shots throughout to the delight of his North Wales following who had made the short journey across the border.
Super-Welterweight Yaxley has enjoyed success in recent years and has been tipped for success after twice winning the Welsh Elite ABA’s as well as medalling for Wales in international competition.
Turning professional under Sanigar Promotions Yaxley often travels down to Bristol Boxing Club to link up with Chris Sanigar but the 22 year old can usually be found training under the watchful eye of coach Wesley Jones at Colwyn Bay’s Dyffryn ABC Gym.
Tommy Lloyd Jnr recently caught up with Sion who is training for his next outing on March 9th in Merthyr Tydfil against Driffield’s Danny Little.
Congratulations on the win, can you sum up your pro debut and how do you think it went?
I really enjoyed my debut as I was ready I used my jab well and didn’t get carried away as some debutants tend to do. I stayed calm and did what I needed to do.
The fight went the distance, at this stage in your career are you looking at getting as many rounds in and gain experience?
At this stage, I think it’s important to get rounds under my belt as I learn more that way than by knocking someone out with the first punch thrown. I also get more time to showcase my skills
You were initially scheduled to box a few weeks ago but it was cancelled last minute, how come that happened and how did you feel?
I was gutted not to put a show on for my supporters and sponsors who’d travelled from North Wales to South Wales. A heart murmur was detected in my opponent during the medical on the day.
At only 22 you’re still young, what made you make the decision to turn pro and not stay on as amateur?
After winning the Welsh Championships and not getting re-selected for the Welsh squad, there was no other option.
Do you think your international experience as an amateur will benefit you in the pro ranks?
Whilst with the Welsh squad, I gained a lot of experience boxing top lads. I also won a Silver medal at the Tammer Tournament which was a good achievement. I boxed in Bulgaria and Serbia and was fortunate to have attended training camps in Spain which I gained a lot of pointers and knowledge.
You’ve been sparring Masher Dodd and Lee Selby how was that and what did you learn from it?
It was good to spar with the likes of Dodd and Selby as it gives me lots more confidence in my own ability and taught me a lot.
Have you done anything to adapt your style to suit the pro ranks? Or has training been pretty similar?
Training has been pretty similar but I think my style suits the pro better. Since turning pro, I’ve been having much more sparring with a lot of different people with different styles.
You’re experienced as an amateur at national and international level. Will you be hoping to move up the pro ranks quickly?
A few learning fights are planned to ease my way into the pro ranks as I don’t want to get thrown in at the deep end too early.
What are you plans for 2019? How many fights would you ideally like to have?
Ideally I’d like to have a minimum of four bouts this year but as I know from experience that fights can fall through so can only hope for the best.
North Wales boxing is on a real high at the moment and has some real talented boxers in the area. Do you hope to see more local fighters turning pro?
Yes, it would be good to have a few fighters from up here turning pro. I’d like to see a Professional show here in North Wales as it has a strong following.
Sion would like to give a massive thanks to his sponsors who financially allow him to focus on his training. Your support is greatly appreciated.
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