As captain of Smallholdings Boxing Club in Morden, Adam Barker had a good run of it over the five years he was there, proving people wrong along the way.
Now, with one young child, and another on the way, Barker is looking at making a significant splash in the paid ranks beginning with a debut clash with Danny Donchev on July 16 in Tolworth. He’s not looking at holding back either with titles on his mind before the end of next year.
He’ll also be making his debut alongside sparring partner and stablemate, Jamie Carley who’s taken a different route to the pros. For Adam though, although just 23-years-old, it’s time to make a proper fist of it.
“I’d been to a couple of different gyms in the area in my late teens before meeting Keith Hawkins at Smallholdings,” explained Adam.
“My career took off after that though and I’ve had a great run over the five years that I was there with them, I certainly proved a lot of people wrong.
“I was club captain for the last season and a half and won 25 of the 32 amateur outings I had. I proved that I belonged though having boxed in Ireland against the Irish champion and making the Elite Final of the Haringey Box Cup; it’s prepared me really well for what’s to come.”
Donchev won’t be no pushover though so Barker will have to be at his best. A sixteen year veteran Donchev may have just six successes from his 95 outings but that counts for little come fight night, after all he’s only been stopped fourteen times so that sparring, that training, that teamwork in the gym, needs to count for Barker.
“I’ve done some great sparring sessions, not only with Jamie but also with Bradley Skeete ahead of his upcoming title defence,” continued Barker.
“I’ll also be helping Tyler Goodjohn ahead of his next bout so there’s some great help out there for me. It’s got me feeling really excited for my debut and I can’t wait to get on with it now, create opportunities for myself and one hundred percent won’t have any hesitance taking fights as I want to be in the best position I can be, win titles, and put food on the table for my fiancée Shannon, my daughter Maisie, and soon-to-arrive Teddy (who’s due ten days after the debut).”
Not holding back, far from pulling punches, Barker knows in his mind what the future holds and Donchev is just the first step to achieving that. Backed by local support which help him concentrate on his dream – Phoenix Scaffolding, The Morden Brook Public House, KTD Waste Disposal, Boxfit UK, Figment Editing, Electrix 24 Ltd and Bottom Time Ltd are going a long way to aid the dream.
As Barker says though: “I can fight, and I can box, and I’ll prove it.
“I’m hoping to get at least a Southern Area title shot by the end of next year but the main goal is that British title, the Lord Lonsdale belt. I don’t want to be stuck doing six or eight round contests for too long, I do those in the gym all the time with Jamie.
“I’m not arrogant, far from it, just confident in my own abilities and know that I have to do what I can do to get to where I want to be and after all, I can only beat who has been put in front of me.”
The show, Genesis, takes place on July 16 2016 at the Tolworth Recreation Centre, Fullers Way North, Tolworth, Surrey. KT6 7LQ. Headlined by Thomas Kindon and Danny Connor in separate Challenge Belt title fights and also starring Nick Jenman, Nick Webb and the WBC Mediterranean welterweight champion, Florin Cardos, tickets are on sale from fighters and www.proboxingnewcastlegateshead.com – £35 Standard; £45 Ringside and £60 VIP Ringside Table.
Doors open at 17:45hrs with the first fight scheduled for 19:45hrs.