Former GB boxer Callum Thompson ready for his pro debut

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Callum Thompson
‘I love boxing so much, losing is a very hard thing.’ Joe Gallagher-trained Callum Thompson speaks to John Dennen

When and why you started boxing:
I started boxing when I was seven. I went down to the gym with two of my friends and never left really. It was Tower Hill ABC. I was always at Tower Hill, that was the only gym I’d ever been at.

Favourite all-time fighter:
My favourite fighter is Vasiliy Lomachenko. He’s someone I studied from quite a young age. Some of the stuff he’s done, two-time Olympic gold medallist, won a [WBO] title three fights into his career.

Best fight you’ve seen:
I’d probably say Micky Ward-Arturo Gatti I, probably the best one I’ve watched on tape.

Personal career highlight:
As an amateur it would be getting on the Olympic squad, that would have been the biggest thing.

Toughest opponent:
My last amateur fight I boxed an Olympian [Mohamed Hamout], a Moroccan lad in Poland. He was definitely the toughest fight of my career. He was all-out come forward, non-stop.

Best and worst attributes as a boxer:
Footwork is my best attribute. I’d say my worst is I like to get involved sometimes, maybe too much. Get involved in a fight too much rather than sticking to what I do best, my boxing.

Training tip:
Hard work pays off.

Favourite meal/restaurant:
I love an Indian, a curry. Not during camp unfortunately.

Best friends in boxing:
Probably Will Cawley, but I’ve met a lot of people in boxing, a lot of friends.

Other sportsperson you would like to be:
Any professional footballer. To get the amount of wages they get to kick a ball about. I’m in the wrong sport here.

Last film/TV show you saw:
Line of Duty. Because that new series came out I thought I’d start from the beginning again and get up to speed.

Have you ever been starstruck:
Not that I can think of.

Last time you cried:
Probably when I lost a fight maybe. Because I love boxing so much, losing is a very hard thing.

Best advice received:
That hard work pays off. Everyone does say it a lot but it’s true. If you work hard for something you reap the rewards.

Worst rumour about yourself:
I have absolutely no idea. There probably would have been some.

Something not many people know about you:
I’m a chocoholic. I love chocolate. It’s not ideal for a professional fighter but I am.

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