Stanley Stannard tipped to work with boxing's elite by promoter Carl Greaves
Carl Greaves’ latest prodigy has been tipped for greatness.
Newark’s boxing trainer, promoter and manager has sealed the signature of highly-rated middleweight fighter Stanley Stannard.
The 22-year-old’s pro contract follows a successful outing in Haringey Box Cup, in London — Europe’s largest amateur tournament.
Greaves said: “He’s got high pedigree and I’ve heard a lot of good things about him.
“I saw him fight a few times as an amateur and Gary Winning (his amateur coach) did a great job with him.
“Stan was a man in demand and a lot of people wanted to work with him — I’m happy he chose me to guide his career.”
Greaves already boasts an arsenal of high-class fighters — including David Avanesyan, Sam Bowen and Dec Spelman — and he tipped former England and Clifton ABC boxer to eventually advance to Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn’s books.
“Having that local connection is good because we can build him up here [in Newark] and in my eyes he will be good enough to get a contract with the likes of Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn,” said Greaves.
“The plan is to build him up myself, a bit like I have with a few of my other local fighters, and then we’ll look at moving him to the bigger promoters, because he’s definitely got the pedigree, ability and mind frame to do that.”
Stannard, of Harby, who won 38 of his 48 amateur bouts, said: “I’m really happy to get the ball rolling.
“I’ve known Carl for a few years and it was an easy choice to make to be honest.”
The middleweight, who spoke confidently when discussing his own ability, said fight fans can expect to see his fitness help him through fights in the early stages of his career.
“A big part of my boxing is my fitness and in the amateurs it’s about getting a quick start and a quick finish too,” Stannard said.
“As the rounds go on I get better and I already know I’ve got a nice pro style; I like to pick my shots, find the gaps and work my opponents.
“My fitness is always there and it’s just about adapting now. I’ve got to slow my pace down and get ready for the longer rounds.”
Greaves said southpaw Stannard, who stands at 5’11”, may make his professional debut on his show at Grantham Meres in seven weeks time.
“It’s a matter of how quickly we can get the this (his pro licence) sorted,” he said.
“It would be ideal to get the balling rolling as soon as possible and get that win under his belt because I know he’s ready for it.”
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