Batley boxer Josh Hargreaves signs professional contract with Queensberry Promotions

Josh Hargreaves says he is hoping to emulate his idol, Gennady Golovkin, after signing a long-term promotional contract with Queensberry Promotions

Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:01 am
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:02 am
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The exciting Batley boxing prospect won National Senior Development titles at Under-60kg in 2018 and 2019, and was victorious in 15 of his 16 senior amateur bouts.

He will box professionally at featherweight and is aiming to demolish opponents in similar fashion to his hero, the Khazakhstani star nicknamed ‘Triple G’.

“I want to stop people and give fans watching a really good fight,” said Hargreaves, who could make his debut in April.

“TV networks and viewers want to see somebody knocked out. And, if fights go 12 rounds they want to see a war.”

Hargreaves, 26, started boxing aged nine, but drifted away from the sport before returning when he was 20.

Now a five-time Yorkshire champion, the Batley fighter will be trained by Mo Patel at Purge Boxing Academy, while his brother Ben will also be involved.

He said: “In the gym I’m called ‘Baby Canelo’ because I have a similar style. I have had that nickname since I returned to boxing.

“I won’t change the nickname, but still don’t have one yet to go in the middle of my name like a lot of boxers.

“Let's see what people think and fans can give me a nickname. That is the way to go about it.

“I will definitely sell tickets when fans return. I have a lot of people behind me because I am exciting to watch.”