Boxing representative Alfie Warren has unveiled his 4 new boxers labeling them “The fantastic four”. Louis Isaacs, Mano Lee, Kristian Touze and Deon Reid kick start Alfie’s new venture into the professional boxing world where he will represent and guide these boxers on their way to success. Speaking at his press and media workout on Saturday, he said: “I am really excited about this new adventure, these four guys will all hopefully make their debut this year and my professional boxing journey starts with these great talents that I believe can go all the way. There will be more announcements regarding new movements of mine in the coming weeks”.
The first of his new signings is 22 Year old Mano Lee from Swansea. The young boxer was formerly trained by Enzo Maccarinelli’s father, Mario, before he sadly passed in 2012, Mano says he owes a lot of his boxing talent and ability to his great coaching. Mano has had over 70 amateur contests and believes that now the time is right for him to become a pro. When asked if he was looking forward his debut he said: “I can’t wait now I just want to get in there! I am going to shine like a star so you better get your sunglasses on” “Boxing has always been a passion of mine, I remember waiting by the clock counting down the seconds after school until I could go to the gym and train and I cannot wait to make my mark”. The Orthodox fighter has been described as unique and adaptable in style by his trainer David John who believes he has what it takes to make it all the way.
Also trained by David John is Alfie’s other new signing, 25 year old southpaw Kristian Touze from Swansea. Kristian fell in love with the sport aged 10 after a training session with his friends, he describes the dedication and drive that boxing give him as very important and is the reason as to why he stuck at it from a young age. Kristian joined the army at 19 where he was selected to box for them and has been doing so for the last 4 years, he describes his army boxing career as invaluable experience with a lot of highs and lows but believes now that it is time to live his dream and fight professionally. The young Welshman was also under the wings of Mario Maccarinelli who he says “was like a father” to him and he dedicates everything that happens in the pro game to him saying “I am who I am because of Mario and I want to make him proud of me.” Touze who has sparred with the likes of Carl Frampton believes he has everything it takes to become world champion and his coach David John said at the press event: “I believe Kristian can go all of the way with Alfie, he is hard working, talented and his desire to improve will see him far.”
The youngest of the 4 signings is 17 year old Louis Isaacs from Islington, London. A former successful amateur with over 70 fights to his name and 4 London titles to his name he believes that even at the tender age of 17 he can have a big impact on the sport: “I was very disheartened because decisions were going against me in the amateurs so it was either turn pro or quit boxing. I want to be world champion and make a massive impression along the way. I am explosive, a power house and I promise you I am going to smash the pros!” Louis, who grew up in London comes from a huge family of 5 bothers and 2 sisters and puts his fighting ability down to this, laughing he said: “It was like a war zone growing up with all of them siblings but I believe that’s what has made me so strong”. Louis’ birthday isn’t until the 23rd June so by BBBC rules he will have to wait until his 18th birthday to take part in his first professional contest which he says he cannot wait for. He finishes his press talk by saying: “I didn’t make it in the amateurs but I sure am going to make it as a pro!”
26 year old prospect Deon Reid is the last of Alfie Warren’s fantastic four and is from Croydon, London. Deon unlike a lot of fighters has no previous boxing experience as he enters into his professional career. Deon, Trained by well-known coach Barry Smith, said that: “boxing was his opportunity to grow and change his life” and he hasn’t looked back since. His style has been likened to one of his favourite fighters Danny Garcia, explosive and well suited to the professional ranks. Reid has sparred with the likes of Tommy Martin, Larry Ekendayo, Darren Hamilton and former world champion Steve Martin who all believe he can go far. At the press event Barry Smith spoke very highly about his prospect: “This kid has never boxed before but he has a raw talent that I have never seen in anyone else. He surprised me when he walked in off the streets and I believe that will surprise the boxing world with what he can do.”
Alfie Warren has a further announcement to come in the next few weeks in regards to him and his journey in boxing but until then he has presented us with 4 young, hungry, talented British prospects that will surely move on to achieve great things in the sport. Alfie Said: “This journey is going to be an exciting one and I am looking forward to see what comes my way. I am so happy that I have set up a company that will allow me to represent professional fighters alongside Britain’s biggest promoters and the journey starts with these 4 boys, watch out for more news in the coming week.
Article By Brooke Streatfield