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Scotty Cardle


Scotty Cardle

Scotty Cardle was only a youngster of eight when he took up boxing. His mum and dad always wanted him to be involved with sport and first got him into football but when he walked into a boxing gym – he knew it was to be his sport of choice.

He spent years training under the guidance of veteran boxer and trainer Eric Metcalfe at Kirkham ABC, near Preston in Lancashire and in 2003 he boxed his way to the English School Boy finals but was beaten on points by Sam Osmond.

School Boy Championship

Soon after, he got himself a new coach (Frank Ellis) and, after an unbeaten year, he found himself back at the School Boy Finals opposing Sam Osmond once again. Scotty fought hard and was crowned the victor at just 14 years old.

Post victory, however, Scotty underwent high risk surgery on his leg that could have put paid to his boxing dreams but, thankfully, the operation and recuperation was a success and Scotty came back fighting fit in 2006.

Win after win racked up and in 2007 Scotty was nominated and won the prestigious OCS North West Young Sports Person of Year Award. Yet throughout all of this, Scotty had one major goal in mind – to compete at the London 2012 Olympics.

Victory

In 2008, it seemed this dream was well within his reach when he was named as a member of the Elite GB Development Squad.

He knew there was going to be four years of hard graft ahead of him if he was to be selected for London 2012 so he dug deep, trained hard and continued to dominate the boxing scene. Yet after a challenging year, in 2009 his GB coaches advised him to change from Welter to Light Welterweight which promoted him to the GB Podium Squad.

Scotty Cardle

The Olympics were firmly in his sights for the following few years despite a period of injury in 2011 but he lost his 64kg place to Team GB Captain Tom Stalker and moved back to Welterweight.

This was a tough move for Scotty and he found going back to his old weight a challenge though he still competed and trained as best he could.

Soon, it was time for the qualifiers and Scotty was selected to box Alexis Vastine who defeated him, putting to rest his Olympic dreams.

While this defeat would break lesser minds, Scotty just became more determined and decided to make a name for himself in the professional ranks where he has gone from strength to strength.

A man of big dreams, Scotty has told us he won't be happy until he's World Champion but he's under no illusion that to achieve this incredible feat he has to keep his head down and fight at his very best. He is hoping, however, to become British Champion in his next few fights!

For further information on Scotty's Professional Career history simply visit www.scottycardle.com/biography.

Interview with Scotty Cardle

Let's start with the basics, where are you from, what's your age and what's your day job?

I'm from Lytham, a lovely little town outside of Blackpool, I'm 24 years old and I'm a full time professional boxer.

What is your athletic background and how did you get involved with boxing?

My parents always wanted my brother and I to be involved in sport from an early age, my first sport was football but when I first walked into a smelly old sweaty boxing gym, I felt more at home – Haha!

You spent many years competing as an amateur with great success so why did you decide to go pro?

I've been competing in boxing since the age of 11. My amateur goal was to represent Great Britain in the Olympics! I was in the Team GB Olympic squad for 6 years and I was selected for the first Olympic qualifiers, I lost in my qualifying fight against Alexis Vastine (France) who I previously beat in 2009. This defeat ended all possibilities of the Olympics so from then on I decided to make a name for myself in the professional ranks.

Boxing

How different is pro boxing to amateur boxing?

Very different, it's more of a points game in the amateurs where as in the pros, it's all about winning the round and essentially stopping the opponent! Also, in the amateurs, you could be in a tournament where you could fight 5 different opponents in the space of 10 days where as in the pros, you have 10-12 week training camp preparing for 1 opponent.

How do you stay focussed in the ring?

Scotty Cardle

You need to, if you don't focus you'll get punched!!

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

I've watched the young Mike Tyson from an early age, and I've met him a couple times too. He's a very wise man, he's inspired me in a few ways…

What keeps you motivated?

My mother, she had a stroke over 2 years ago and no matter how many world class fighters I've been amongst, I've never seen someone work so hard for something as much as her! It's a long and hard task but if she keeps working as much as she has been, she'll defeat it and have a full recovery in no time.

How do you prepare mentally for a boxing match?

From when I wake up to the time I'm back in bed, I think about my opponent and how he is the reason I'm working so hard and putting myself through the pain during training.

From when I wake up to the time I'm back in bed, I think about my opponent…

You've achieved a lot in the ring, but what has been your proudest moment?

I feel as if I'm still young and my proudest moment is still yet to happen in and out of the ring, but the feeling I got when I won my first national title at the age of 14, that was a very proud day!

Boxing

What's your training schedule like at the moment?

At the moment I'm in full camp, which consists of 3-6 hours a day, 6 days a week. We mix it up on a daily basis but its pretty much: circuits / pad work / bag work / sparring / track work / strength and conditioning.

What training advice would you give to someone thinking
about pursuing boxing to as high a standard as yourself?

If you're interested in competing as a boxer, all I can advise, is to never leave a stone unturned! It can be a dangerous sport if it isn't taken seriously and you've got to be at least 110% before you step through them ropes and into the ring.

Likewise, what about their nutrition?

Nutrition is important, I've only really took the nutrition side of things seriously since I've been professional, but you need to eat well.

What three whole foods could you not live without?

Chicken, steak and probably bread! I love bread…

Favourite Foods

What's your favourite cheat meal?

It's got to be between a Chinese and a good burger gaff!!

You have a great team behind you supporting your ambitions – how important is this support and what overall impact has it had on your success and goals?

Team

The gym I train in is filled with champions, from British to World Champions, but when we train, we're all equal! We train as a team and we are all very close which is great. Also, my family and friends are a big impact also, I have a great following and their support will never be taken for granted.

What are your current short-term and long-term goals?

I like to have big dreams and I won't be happy until I become a world champion but that'll take a few years so I'm hoping to become the British Champion in my next few fights.

What do you think you do better now than at the start of your career?

I take my time more! I've always been a bit too eager to impress but now I know if I take my time and plan my shots, it looks better.

How can MuscleFood Fans keep up to date with your fights and progress?

Through my twitter (@ScottyCardle) or my website (scottycardle.com).