PUBLISHED: 09:37 02 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:37 02 December 2015
East Ham's Johnny Greaves is writing a new boxing column for the Recorder
I have been an avid reader of the Newham Recorder for the last 20 years, always looking forward to reading Len Whaley’s column every week, so I’m really pleased to have been invited as a columnist and I hope you all enjoying reading what I have to say.
So, after six years and 100 fights as a professional boxer, I’ve decided to hang up my gloves to begin the second chapter in my boxing story.
I recently obtained my manager’s licence from the British Boxing Board of Control and they are not just handed out like Smarties, let me tell you.
You have to be a license holder for at least three years already and you need to study the rule book from front to back.
I’ve got George Hennon on my books to start with, he’s a talented 21-year-old welterweight from Kent and currently two fights unbeaten, but I’m also training Sonny Whiting as well.
Sonny recently boxed Indian megastar Vijender Singh ,live on BoxNation TV, which was also played out on Sony Six in India to no less than 20 million viewers!
I’ve always used the Peacock Gym as a base and have been there since I was 10 years old and I will continue to be there until I come out of the game.
It’s my home away from home from where I live in East Ham with my wife Vicky and children Teddie and Ruby.
I’m still a painter and decorator, which I’ve done for many years, and work in the city on high-spec jobs in Westminster and Knightsbridge. I once worked in Paul McCartney’s house in St. John’s Wood!
It’s going pretty well at the moment, but the busier I get with the boxing, I’d like to think that I’d be doing that full time one day instead.
My first task is to concentrate on George and Sonny and when their careers take off, then others will start to hear.
I’m looking forward to the fresh new challenge!
You can follow Johnny on Twitter @johnnygreaves.
Johnny would like to thank sponsors The Peacock Gym and PR Manager Tim Rickson.