Recovery key to Joel McIntyre’s Ultimate Boxxer bid

Joel McIntyre in action against Tayar Mehmed Picture: Neil Marshall
Joel McIntyre in action against Tayar Mehmed Picture: Neil Marshall
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Joel McIntyre has revealed his tactics as he bids for Ultimate Boxxer II glory.

The Leigh Park light-heavyweight competes in the prestigious event at The Indigo at the O2 on November 2.

There, McIntyre will come up against the likes of John McCallum (11-1), a seven-time national amateur champion, the highly-touted unbeaten Shakan Pitters (7-0),  Dec Spelman, who returns to the biggest stage yet since his tragic fight with the late Scott Westgarth, and 

Southern Area title contender Jordan Joseph (7-2-1).

But the 30-year-old believes success will ultimately come down to his recovery levels on the night.

McIntyre said: ‘I have been doing sparring sessions that are high-paced three by three’s in preparation already, but ultimately it comes down to recovery.

‘Fitness is all about recovery and I consider it a big part of my game plan, without giving too much away.

‘Recovery will be essential in the tournament, not just in between rounds but in between bouts as well.

‘I work on my recovery after sessions – it’s all about slowing the heart-rate, reducing lactic acid and muscle fatigue.

‘It’s a high impact, high intensity sport and recovery is vital.’

The former English light-heavyweight champion, nicknamed ‘El Toro’, enters the competition as the most experienced and decorated of all eight contestants, with over 100 professional rounds under his belt.

‘I’ll be going in as the 20-fight veteran, so I’m more experienced than the other contestants, although I only had 12 amateur bouts,’ added McIntyre.

‘My weight and my diet are one of the many things that will be faultless.

‘I’ve been in the game a long time now, I’m 30, so no spring chicken, but I feel I’m in my prime and I basically can’t afford to lose.

‘That will reflect in my training, as I’m 100-per-cent dedicated.’

The 175-pounder also aims to approach the competition having researched all the competitors taking part to be fully prepared for the varied styles they can bring.

McIntyre said: ‘My trainer, Daron Wiseman, can analyse boxing better than anyone I know so we are looking at all the other opponents and their different styles.

‘There’s a kid that’s 6ft 6in and one who’s 5ft 9in so they will all pose different problems, but we will come up with the different solutions.’