Looking back at last weeks show at the Mercia brings mixed emotions. I’ve been apart of Troys Professional Boxing Career since the day he stepped into my side room in a gym I was teaching private lessons in, many years ago, before any sign of a Red Corner Gym.
Since then, what a journey it’s been, from extreme highs, when he won the amateur finals to being the first professional fighter under Barry Mcguigan’s management. Then came some lows, some devastating loses that at times were unfair and extremely hard to accept.
Through it all, building a friendship with what I’ve come to know as one of the humblest men I have the pleasure of calling a friend. A real family man with the heart of a lion. Never shying away from any opportunity that presented itself, no matter how many days/weeks notice. Sometimes heading home in deathly silence as a decision would slip from our grasp due to boxing politics. Knowing that we were always only ever a phone call from a huge life-changing offer. Putting his life on hold for those promoter promises, missing christmases, cutting holidays short and camp after gruelling camp. Doing it for the pure love of the sport, he’s always been a natural boxer.
It’s been far from an easy career, looking back we really did make the best of those opportunities. I knew I wanted to put coventry back on the map for boxing and I really do feel so proud of what we achieve and the journey we’ve had with Troy.
Some amazing nights, on huge shows billed next to some world ranked champions. Weekends away, the laughs, the lows and the highs we’ll never forget.
Last Saturday saw the Mercia Centre of Coventry beaming with an atmosphere full of support from his loyal family, friends and supporters. And what a show it was, full of coventry boxers. Troy won a 4-round contest winning on points, his last ever professional bout.
It’s been an absolute pleasure and honour to have been part of Troy’s career. Now as we are left with such a bittersweet feeling, I’m reminded that doors close so better ones can open. And I realise how ready Troy is for this chapter to now close. To focus on his family, his career and himself.
It’s been one hell of an adventure,
Yours in sport,