Where I grew up, there weren’t a lot of opportunities. We had a big group of friends and we had trouble with people from other estates.
Eventually I did start carrying a knife. I felt powerful and protected.
One day I saw the older lads have this massive fight with this group from another estate. Someone was stabbed and killed.
My uncle had been stabbed too and I knew I needed to stop this now.
When I was younger I was into boxing. So I thought right, I’ll go back to boxing.
Looking up to the older lads at the gym, knowing they’ve been in the same shoes and still set goals and achieved them, that was a big thing for me.
Boxing’s taught me discipline and to focus on what’s in front of me – training, school work, friends, and family.
It’s completely changed my whole future.