Jamie O’Hara describes ‘horrible’ boxing training ahead of ring debut


Former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth midfielder O’Hara is preparing to make his boxing debut against Kris Boyson, and he has described the preparations as “horrible” after training three times a week.

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Jamie O’Hara has described the preparations for his boxing debut as “horrendous” – but he’s confident he’s more than ready to defeat Kris Boyson in his boxing debut.

O’Hara will take on fitness star Boyson at the O2 Arena on April 2 in Martyn Ford’s heavyweight clash with the Iranian Hulk.

The retired football star has top-level playing experience having made 34 appearances for Tottenham in the Premier League.

But he admitted that compared to football, his boxing training has given him a new “dedication”.

“Shocking, it was awful. It’s hard, man. Before, I was fit to play football, but that’s another level,” O’Hara said. Battle Mirror. “These guys love getting punched in the face and that was very different for me.

“Sparring was also a real lesson for me, it was a real wake-up call. When you’re there and someone punches you in the face, that’s a whole other story.

“Monday, Wednesday and Thursday I trained in a boxing gym. I had to stop this week because I broke my shoulder hitting someone.

“I try to do a few different races but it’s a tough dedication and I have to do it because I don’t want to look like an idiot on fight night. The training is hardcore, he treats me like a pro but I enjoyed it.”

O’Hara played for his boyhood club Tottenham in the League Cup final when the north London club were ousted 4-1 on penalties by Manchester United at Wembley.

He also started for Portsmouth in their FA Cup final loss to Chelsea in 2010 before playing for Wolves, Blackpool, Fulham and Gillingham.

O’Hara retired after a stint with non-league side Billericay Town but will now return to the sporting arena.

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He is convinced that his experience of big nights in front of packed crowds will be very useful to him.

“That’s the biggest advantage I have over Kris because I’ve walked in front of a big crowd and thrived under pressure,” O’Hara continued.

“I never shied away from them. I think Kris is going to crumble. I’ve seen him play football in charity games before, and anytime there’s a big crowd he absolutely crumbles and can’t hit a barn door.

“I think he’s going to come out like a rabbit in the headlights and take a paste from me. He’s going to be big and strong. He’s muscular and I’m bigger than him, but he’s so muscular.

“However, he’s not a boxer, he’s a PT and he only does weights so he looks good but is out of shape.

“I think he’s going to wear himself out early and I have to use my footwork and my football experience to move him around and tire him out and then do it in the second or third round.”

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