Written by: Chris Bulter
Hello again WCB’ers and today I’m here to introduce you to a friend of mine and one to keep an eye out as he progresses in the professional ranks and that is…..(drum roll)… Des ‘The DEStroyer’ Newton. Des is 29 years old and has only been boxing 5 years, he made his professional debut just over a year ago and is starting to make waves in the South West of England. An extremely confident and affable young man, Des, who boxes in the lightweight division is a top ticket seller on the shows here in Plymouth. Of his 6 pro bouts, 5 of which have taken place in the city, he has sold the most tickets on all of them. I recently asked him why he was such a good ticket seller.“My personality, basically and because I know lots of people, be it through being a pain in the arse when I was a bit younger and through my trade as a carpenter.” It’s fair to say that everyone in the gym that turns up for training gets a ticket off Des as well as all the other people he gets to know through work. On average Des has sold about 250 tickets per show. Des said “The other local boxers that come close are Darren Townley and Jack Bellingham, but as is the case in one city we all tend to know each other’s friends so shifting tickets can be a bit of a bind.” Des’s aim is to emulate Plymouth hero and former British and Commonwealth middleweight champion Scott Dann who used shift loads too. I asked him how he found the transition from amateur to professional was, “Perfect!”, he said, “I love the longer rounds (Des didn’t box many 3 minute rounds as an amateur, having only had 16 amateur bouts) as they suit me better.” Which bought me onto the training and his schedule, how was that going? “As I work full time I fit my training in around my job. I get up early and do my roadwork and then hit the gym after work. I’m in the gym 4-5 nights a week and 2-3 times a week I am doing technical training with Jim Davidson.” Jim was a member of the 2012 Team GB coaching squad and doesn’t live too far away from Plymouth. Des, incidentally, lives in a small village outside the city called Bere Alston, which is literally out in the sticks and if you don’t know the roads that way is a bit of a bitch to get to. “I also do strength and conditioning training with Adam Domyslawski who has his own S & C and personal training business. I also asked Des about his toughest opponent to date, and he replied “In the amateurs it was some African kid called Selen Agundi, in the pros it was a tough journeyman by the name of Jamie Quinn.” It’s fair to say that although Des’s opponents have all been journeymen, as his career progresses the bouts will get harder and the opposition tougher, as is expected. I asked Des what was so hard about Quinn, to which he replied that “That was due to illness, I was a bit under the weather so couldn’t perform at my best, despite the victory.” As an observer of that particular contest, it was competitive, Quinn came along to win. In Des’s last contest on Saturday (29th July) Des came up against Liam Richards in a defence of his British Challenge Title belt, of which he won comprehensively over 8 rounds, despite losing a point for one of his punches going south of the border. For the benefit of WCB followers, it is not a highly regarded belt but does act as a stepping stone for bigger things. I asked Des of his next contest and when? “29th October, again in Plymouth and hopefully for the Southern Area title, but boxing politics being what they are, that remains to be seen.” I asked Des how confident he felt about going up to 10 rounds for that particular challenge to which he said, “You saw me do 8 rounds ok, 10 rounds will be no problem.” As I said earlier, this man is not short of confidence and has the full backing of the Plympton Boxing Club and his family of wife Jessie and daughter Lacey, whose name he has emblazoned on his shorts. Des also wouldn’t get where he is without the help of his sponsors, he gives a huge thanks to sponsors that are nutritionalist and personal trainerEmily Whitehead, Kirsty Harrison at Harrison Sports Therapy, Adam Domyslawski at Plymouth Performance gym, Jerry Batten, Proline GroundWorks, Michael Short at Shortcircuit and The Professional Car agent for their assistance.
Des has a “box-fighter” style, he was keen to put on a performance in his last bout and was hoping to get a KO. Liam Richards proved to be a bit more resilient than expected and despite losing every round was not there just to make up the numbers and survive as was seen by one of the away fighters earlier on the bill. Des loves a good scrap and likes getting hit, despite us in the gym pulling our hair out at him and to keep reminding him the aim of the game is to hit and not get hit. Des isn’t shy about being flamboyant when entering the ring either, “I love to give my fans a show and be an entertainer. The buzz I get from seeing all those people who bought a ticket off me and cheering me on is an amazing feeling, and I aim to please my paying public”. You certainly aren’t wrong there, it is a sight to keep them peeled for. Des, thanks for your time for westcoastboxing.com and I’ll see you in the gym before long. Cheers, mate.