Iron sharpens iron: Red-hot Reading amateur prospect O'Neill rewarded with invaluable rounds sparring Slough debutant Adewale
Friday 9th November 2018
The revival of Berkshire boxing is a result of investment and unprecedented energy gone into local amateur clubs in the area.
Two products of this environment are MTK-signed pro-boxer, Josh Adewale, who will make his professional debut, after his fight was rescheduled, on November 17 against journeyman Liam Griffiths at the Brentwood Centre in Essex and accomplished amateur boxer, Damon O'Neill.
Adewale has found himself in a terrific position linked with the biggest management active in world boxing and guaranteed activity in the ring during this embryonic phase of his career in the paid ranks.
For his close friends and regular sparring partner, Damon O'Neill, the journey remains in the conventional system of 3x3 mins rounds and the opportunity to travel the world and represent his club and nation, after recently visiting Mexico for a few weeks and winning his bouts.
Making the transition from the amateurs to pros so soon, the middleweight has been motivated since the announcement was made that he would feature on another stacked bill full of superb talent and tough encounters among the MTK banner.
The experience and accolades, being amongst the elite GB boxers and tipped to turn over the professional game with Adewale, O'Neill is open to the prospect of making something of it but slowly building his knowledge and ring-IQ with top-class sparring at his local amateur gym.
Giving time out of his weekend to coach the next generation and commitment to the sport, O'Neill has never refused to spar the best that is available to him and continually learns the fundamentals to make improvements to his style and other attributes.
The pair have shared multiple rounds together and Adewale understands the sacrifice and cojones to turn over so quickly in his quest to become a world champion.
This picture of world title glory is a long way off for both at the moment and Adewale will be looking to impress on his debut, continue to win, get vital rounds in the bag and begin to target titles in the next 12-18 months if all goes to plan.
In terms of resume and amateur records, Adewale has surpassed expectations from his elite amateur days, participating in the ABA championships and can say he's shared the ring with the likes of unbeaten British middleweight contender Felix Cash, Anthony Ogogo and many other alike.
O'Neill is a two-time National Alliance Senior Champion and currently the outright North West division Alliance belt winner while picking up other achievements since the day he picked up a set of gloves as a schoolboy and was introduced to the boxing gym, making it a daily routine.
Berkshire boxing has built a strong togetherness and relationship with seasoned professionals Asinia Byfield who was beaten in his British light-middleweight title fight with Ted Cheeseman and the likeable Tamuka Mucha plagued by inactivity and various pull-outs which we won't discuss.
Contrarily to this, Adewale will want to aim high and get out as much as possible before the end of the year and with the 2019 calendar year fast approaching, after the Christmas break, it's back to reality and really pushing on for tougher tests and climbing the ladder.