I first got introduced to the boxing gym when I was 8 years old. I spent my time always looking forward to the next class.
I fought my first 3 fights in Bolton boxing club and went on to fight for Bury Boxing club with Mick Jelly as my coach.
By the time I was 16 I had won three schoolboy championships, three junior ABA championships, gold in the junior Olympics and finally won gold at the European student championships in Lithuania.
My highlight in the amateur ranks was being allowed to fight for England in the 2004 Athens Olympics after coming first in the AIBA European Olympic qualifying tournament in Bulgaria. I went on to win a silver medal losing out on gold to Mario Kindelan.
I decided to turn professional after the Athens Olympics. Before I did that I had a score to settle with Mario Kindelan. This was to be my final amateur fight – I won all three rounds by unanimous decision.
Since turning pro I have been 2 times world champion, moved from lightweight to welterweight and now up to middleweight.