‘’You have to step in on the shots, it’s not clickers. It’s not his go, my go. It’s in, in, in.’’ Unbeaten Welterweight prospect, Louis Adolphe describing the differences in intensity between the amateur and professional game.
In modern day boxing, exposure and a public profile are qualities often held in equal esteem with the skill of a fighter. Wimbledon’s Louis Adolphe has all bases covered.
Adolphe moved to 7-0 last Friday, with a convincing victory over Chris Adaway at York Hall and has made it clear he is wasting no time in the professional game. Still a fledgling professional, Louis has experienced more than most at this early stage of his career.
In an exclusive interview with FightTalk.net, Adolphe talks all things boxing as he looks ahead to his third fight of 2017, fighting on the undercard of George Groves’ World Boxing Super Series title clash with Jamie Cox at Wembley less than a month after his previous outing,
An accomplished amateur hailing from South London’s Earlsford ABC, Adolphe captured the 2012 English ABA title alongside various other accolades with the English national team.
The transition between the amateur and professional game can be a difficult one. Adolphe reflected almost fondly as he described the hurdles he had to overcome as he himself made the leap to life as a pro.
‘’It’s a lot different. You have to slow down your feet, your shots have to be more meaningful. Having a long successful amateur career, I got used to the point scoring way of boxing, with ‘tippa tappa’ shots. But now I have learned to drill in and step on people.
‘’I have kept my amateur style to a certain extent because it’s how I got to where I am today. It’s my base. It’s my house. As I add bits to my game I am adding a loft conversion and a conservatory!’’
Just as profile and skill go hand in hand in the 21st Century, so do boxing, business and money. At 29 years of age, Adolphe is no stranger and no fool in either department.
‘’With the professional life, I am settling in well. I had a few hold ups, I had to get my head round the business side of things and the realisation that a lot of people in the sport aren’t in it for the best of it.
‘’A lot of people are sharks and you’ve got to know who’s genuine and who’s a shark.’’
13-2 Nathan MacIntosh provides a step up in opposition on 14th October at Wembley. Three weeks between fights may be enough to rattle the average prospect, but cool and confident as ever, the Welterweight contender had faith in his unorthodox methods of training.
‘’Training is going great. I am always training. Physically and mentally. I wouldn’t say I have a strict regime. Because as you get bigger and fight elsewhere, you’re regime will get disrupted. I just go with the flow. I train at times when I feel like I need to train. You cannot always pick what time you are going to be on.’’
‘’I’m always working, I am always putting in that work.’’
Ambitious and aiming high, Adolphe highlighted his goals for the next year, with title challenges on the horizon as he fast approaches ten fights as a professional.
‘’2018, I want to pick up the Southern Area at least. I don’t want to spend too much time on the Southern Area and jump onto the next challenge. I have a good team around me, good friends, they are more like brothers. They push me in the right direction and we have to sit down and talk about how we are going to take over the game.’’
A wise head on his shoulders and a wise team around him, the South London man is no stranger to the public eye, and maintains that his feet are firmly on the ground as he discussed potential opponents for the future.
‘’To be honest, I’m not here to run before I can walk. I am not going to be calling anyone out, or say that I want the winner of any fight. I just go with the flow. Whoever comes up in front of me and it is the right time to go then I am happy to go.’’
An avid student of the sport and always learning, Adolphe descried his unique experience providing chief sparring to MMA superstar, Conor McGregor, as he prepared for ‘The Money Fight’ with Floyd Mayweather.
‘’I learned a lot from McGregor to be honest. Because his style is so unorthodox, I had to take my time and I learned to relax. I did many rounds with him an learned that he was difficult and not like anyone I had come up against before.’’
‘’Sometimes he would go behind you, hit you in the back of the head. Obviously, he is an MMA fighter that is what they are going to do. You can’t win every round, I learned that sometimes you just have to tuck up and work your way in and let everything piece together.’’
‘’I would use him as a sparring partner. He was unorthodox, he was different and he had good angles. I can’t knock him.’’
Two weeks after Adolphe faces his toughest opponent to date, Ireland’s John O’Donnell faces off against Reading’s Tamuka Mucha. However, the 29-year-old pulled no punches as he gave his honest evaluation of the English Title fight.
‘’I don’t really take too much interest in the British boxing side of things. At the moment, the talent out there is very limited. John O’Donnell was a good fighter in time. And personally, think he might be a bit too slick for Tamuka Mucha. At the same time Mucha puts the work in and from what I know of him, is that he lives that life.’’
‘’It’s very much going to be natural talent vs hard work and dedication, so it is a hard one to call. O’Donnell has the speed and Mucha may have the power and fitness. But to be honest, I wouldn’t even want to call it because I’m not that interested.’’
‘’Like I said, I don’t watch any other fighters. I am focussing on myself. To be honest, if one of them ends up in front of me on my travels. It doesn’t make a difference to me because when I am in that ring I am only focussed on victory.’’
A man with focus. A man with belief. A man with a plan.
2017 will be earmarked as one of the most interesting for Louis Adolphe. A host of opportunities and experiences have only helped the unbeaten man’s development as he looks to continue momentum into 2018 and beyond.
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Written by Thomas Humber