In the latest installment of our New Faces series, we caught up with standout Caribbean amateur Manny Bique. Manny is making his pro debut at super-middleweight on Oct 7th on the Red Corner promotions show in the national stadium, Dublin.
KO – You had a great amateur record, was it always an ambition of yours to turn pro?
MB – Yeah, you know, I had a really good amateur record. I was a Caribbean champion and a natural middleweight. When I came to Ireland I began raining in Crumlin with Phil Sutcliffe who wanted me to compete straight in with the seniors, where I done really well, and obviously the opportunity came for me to fight professionally.
KO – For any Irish boxing fans not familiar with you, how would you describe your style?
MB – I would say im similar to De La Hoya. Im relentless and fight with all my heart. I fight for the people, I want to show them im someone who came from nothing and can go and achieve something in this sport.
Style-wise, im a powerful puncher and throw a lot of shots, I think im someone who will be knocking a lot of people out. Even in sparring I can see the effect my punches have.
KO – And looking at your debut (Manny is due to fight Vladimir Belujsky) , it’s certainly a tough fight that has a lot of people talking –
MB – You know, im confident in my own abilities. im not worried about Vladimir, the question is, is he worried about me?
KO – And how has training been going since you turned pro?
MB – Im training every day, id fight tomorrow if I could! Im ready for it now. In september il be fine-tuning what im doing and il be looking to put on a big show.
Id just like to thank Red Corner for the opportunity. Also to thank all of my team. And I want to thank all of my family and the people who have supported me over the years.
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