Biola’s livng fast life ahead of pro bow

From left, Biola Kudus with trainer Barry Smith and former British light-welterweight champion Darren Hamilton
From left, Biola Kudus with trainer Barry Smith and former British light-welterweight champion Darren Hamilton
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BIOLA KUDUS is ready to embrace life in the fast lane as his professional boxing dream comes true.

The former Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) amateur takes his first steps in the paid ranks on next month’s stacked pro card in Southsea.

And the Leigh Park cruiserweight is undertaking a frenetic period building up to that occasion on December 5.

Kudus has taken the step of basing himself in London for training at the renowned TKO Gym.

That was the home of Portsmouth’s favourite boxing son, Tony Oakey, along with a string of highly-regarded figures from the domestic scene.

The move means Kudus has to balance being in the capital for a period of each week with his work teaching at Charter Academy in Southsea.

On top of that, there is his local training programme – and the commitment of selling tickets as anticipation grows ahead of his debut.

Kudus is loving the non-stop challenge that is giving him, though.

And the 28-year-old is buzzing at the countdown to stepping through the ropes as a professional.

He said: ‘It’s all going really well and I’m loving what I’m doing.

‘It’s all a bit mad at the moment.

‘I’m in London from Wednesday to Saturday and then have to fit in training around my work at the start of the week.

‘I’m at Charter Academy and they have been really supportive.

‘It’s a lot to take on but I like being full-on and always on the go. I’ve got to stay busy.

‘I’m up at 5am for runs, working at school and then training in the evening.

‘Then there’s selling tickets around that. It’s non-stop.

‘Normally, you’d get the tickets six weeks ahead, but I got mine last Friday. They are going really well, though, and I will have a good following.’

Kudus had a decent CV at HOP under the likes of Brian Featherstone, Colin Williams and Jason Evans.

He picked up a southern counties title, won gold at the Haringey Cup and boxed in Las Vegas as an amateur.

After being signed up by promoter Spencer Fearon, Kudus has linked up with trainer Barry Smith ahead of his debut.

Smith works with the likes of former British champions Darren Hamilton and Leon Williams.

Doing his work at Johnny Eames’ TKO base in Canning Town has given Kudus an insight into the levels he needs to aspire to.

‘I’m with Spencer Fearon and he suggested I go to work with Barry Smith,’ said Kudus.

‘Since going with him my boxing has improved massively and the training is going really well.

‘There is Billy Joe Saunders in the gym and you are surrounded by people who want to go to the top.

‘Being around Barry Smith day-in, day-out has made a big difference. He’s thorough and makes sure there’s no stone unturned in the training.’

Tickets are available for Kudus’ debut from the Library Barbers Club of Southsea, 2 Victoria Road Southsea or on (07870) 818926 priced £35.