Aylesbury’s professional boxer Nathan Graham has slammed rumours he has quit the sport and insists he is as determined as ever to win the British title.
The 31-year-old light middleweight has reacted angrily to ‘Aylesbury gossip’ that he has lost the hunger to continue his career in the ring.
The former Aylesbury United and FC striker lost his coveted Southern Area Title when he was agonisingly beaten by a single point in his bout against Freddie Turner back in October. The fighter said he was robbed as the ‘ref got it wrong’ and leaves him with a record of 14 wins (six KO), six defeats (two KO) and a draw from 21 fights.
The former Mandeville School pupil has poured cold water on the rumours suggesting he has given up and says if anything he is more determined than ever before.
“I’m being asked all the time if I’m still boxing even though I keep getting dodgy decisions against me like in my last fight,” Graham said.
“When I turned pro I knew it was a hard sport to do well in and just like in life, things don’t always go the way you plan or how they should but the choice that I made back then that I was going to make something of myself in this and nothing has changed, I’m a fighter full stop!”
To that end Graham is planning to re-establish himself with a series of fights in 2014 with a British title his ultimate goal.
He said: “This year I will make positive moves to get back to where I was and should be, back on top.
“I’m on a quest for a British title and they will have to break me to stop me from getting there. I’m not letting it go, they can only slow me down they can’t stop me, not with the team I have around me.
“I’m hoping to step back in the ring in February and then April but there is nothing official on paper yet.
“I will be ready when the opportunity comes, though.”
Graham’s training is supported by ‘team HK4L’ – a group of Aylesbury businesses who sponsor the popular pugilist.
He said is eternally grateful for the backing of the businesses and the people of Aylesbury at his fights as well as trainer and dad Michael and those at his training base, Pegasus Gym in Rabans Lane.
Graham saved the final word for any doubters and promised to give back to the community in which he grew up and continues to live.
He said: “I’m not quitting on my dream until I get what I want. By getting there, God willing, I can help my community and help open doors for other local young fighters and get some of these little kids off the streets and in the gym.
“If I can do it why can’t anyone else?”