What age did you start boxing and what inspired you to become a fighter?
“At 14 - I wanted to stay in shape for high school football. I got into it with Dicky Eklund. I got into the best condition of my life using boxing for football. I fought in the Golden Gloves and, after seeing Micky Ward fight, I decided to turn pro. I liked boxing better because it was just the fighter and his trainer, not a lot of team mates playing for a team.”
What was your amateur record and did you win anything as an amateur boxer?
“12-3. I won the novice division of the local Golden Gloves tournament in 2005.”
How did you find the step up from amateur to professional boxer?
“There’s a lot more speed and quickness needed in the amateurs to win points. Dicky advised me to turn to pro because my style was better suited for me because I’ve my strength.”
What side of your game have you worked on the most since turning professional?
“Defence! Definitely defence - I already know how to bang.”
Aside from boxing what are some of your favorite hobbies or interests?
“I play a little basketball during the summer. If I’m not in training, maybe a little bowling or shooting pool. When I’m training though, I relax with my family and girlfriend. I like watching movies.”
Do you have any short or long-term goals you would like to achieve, and if so, have you set yourself a timescale?
“No short term goals because we’re looking ahead to the future. Like any other boxer, my goal is to be world champion. I’ll keep building towards that goal and getting better as a fighter. A couple of losses set me back but that’s just part of the game. I’ve had my ups and downs – a broken jaw (two places) set me back a yer – but now I’m focused on the future. I’m ready to make a name in the light heavyweight division this year on my way to becoming world champion.”
Is it tough to go full time and do you have to be more flexible to make a living from the sport?
“I don’t work because my manager has invested in me. I give it up to those guys who have work full-time, 8-9 hours a day and then go to the gym for another two-to-four hours to train - that’s incredible! I tip my hat to them.”
Who is your current trainer and where do you train?
"Dicky Eklund at Forever Fitness in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.”
Do you always stay in shape between fights or do you put on a lot of weight?
“I’d love to stay in top shape after a fight but after a good win I like to celebrate with my friends. I’m young and I didn’t party with my friends when I was training two months for a fight, dedicating myself to getting my body in top shape. I put on 15-20 pounds between fights but after this next fight I’m going to be right back in the gym. I will put on 10 pounds, tops, after this fight and others because I’ll be active.”
Who has been the biggest influence in your career so far?
“My family, girlfriend and Dicky Eklund. Dicky’s taught me everything I know about boxing and without him I wouldn’t be a boxer.”
Who did you look up to growing up in boxing? Who was your Idol?
“Mike Tyson. I loved the way he fought. I’m small like him without a long reach, so I fight like him. He was my idol growing up.”
Do you like watching boxing when you're at home, and if so who do you like watching most?
“I only watch HBO fights. Floyd Mayweather Jr because he’s so exciting to watch.”
Ringnews24.com: Who is the toughest opponent you have fought to date?
“Vladine Biosse. I didn’t bring my "A" game when I fought him, not even close.”
Who is your dream opponent at your weight?
“Any of the top five light-heavyweights in the world.”
Who would you like to fight in the near future?
“Vladine Biosse. I’d like another shot at him. Losing to him on ESPBN set my career back.”
What would you say is your biggest win to date in the ring?
“Chris Traietti because it was my first fight back [after suffering a broken jaw]. That fight made me who I am today after everything I went through.”
What's going on with your boxing career right now? Can you tell everyone when, where and who you will be fighting next?
“I’ll be fighting March 16 at Tsongas Center in Lowell. We’re still in negotiations with my opponent. It looks like I’ll be fighting for the UBF title.”
How is your training going and how would you compare it to previous camps?
“Everything has been going great - this is the best camp I’ve ever had.”
Who have you been sparring in preparation for your upcoming fight?
“Because it’s the Golden Gloves season, I have been sparring with a lot of open-class amateurs.”
Have you done anything differently in this camp compared to other training camps?
“I’ve been working with a strength and conditioning coach, Pam, because I need to be stronger fighting at light-heavyweight. I’ve been hitting big tyres with a sledgehammer, lifting weights and stuff like that. I haven’t had to lose as much weight as in the past.”
Do you have a prediction on how the fight will end?
“I’m hoping for a KO; If it comes, it comes. I will put on a good performance, as always and definitely get a “W.” I’ll be in great shape.”
Who is going to be in your corner on the night? And what do they bring to Team McCreedy?
“Dicky Eklund is my head trainer and he brings everything into the corner. His son, Dick Eklund Jr, cutman Billy Murphy and San Eklund.”
How can fans watch the fight? Is it on TV?
“No TV, they’ll have to come to watch.”
Do you have a message for the fans?
“A lot of people have judged me after my lat fight, but that wasn’t me, and anybody who knows me understands that. I had to lose too much weight, too quick, and I didn’t have the strength I needed. I want to thank CFC – Cynthia and Wasfi Tolaymat – for believing in me and Sean and putting on this card. There would be no pro boxing in Lowell without them. I want to thank my family, girl friend, fans and the City of Lowell.”
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