A rising star in the boxing world, Johnny Garton has certainly impressed and it seems that he’s not stopping at being the British Welterweight champion, I chatted with him to see what makes him tick.
As a boxer, Johnny has always been honest and clear with his career ambitions and he himself says that “I’ve always said that I’m not the greatest boxer, I’ve always thought that if I keep myself in shape that I could break someone down.”
Johnny’s boxing career hasn’t always been smooth as his first 6 fights were cancelled, he was then entered into the championship London novices’ competition and got a bye through to the quarter final, losing the semi-final a day later.
Starting out from quiet beginnings, growing up on a council estate in Peckham, south-east London, Johnny Garton has come a long way and the beginnings of his boxing career came out of the blue.
Johnny was constantly down the pub and struggling. However at the age of 18, he discovered boxing and he says that “it started with losing weight, then I had my first fight and I was hooked.”
Speaking with Johnny he says that “boxing requires a lot of training and that throughout his career he has had to make sacrifices”, including not seeing his family and having the self-motivation to go and exercise and keep in shape.
Coming from a council estate background, Johnny Garton is an example that you can come from small beginnings and make a career for yourself.
When asked about his experiences growing up on the Clifton estate in Peckham, Johnny remembers it fondly saying that he “loved it”. He also says that there is “nothing for kids to do nowadays” citing a lack of leisure activities due to flats being built, and that for this reason are bound to get into trouble.
At the outset of his boxing career Johnny admits that it has been difficult and he says “when I turned pro, not a lot of people, including the people close to me thought I was going to succeed.”
Johnny is a warm, polite and welcoming person and believes that all of his achievements in his career have come from “hard work and listening to people in the gym.
In recent times, Johnny’s boxing career has shot to stardom, and led to his biggest achievement to date, winning the Welterweight British title in October 2018. Looking back on this achievement, Johnny says that becoming the Welterweight champion is “a dream come true.”
Fellow boxer, Bradley Skeete says that “Johnny is one of the nicest people I know. He is hardworking and very dedicated to the sport of boxing. He always gives 100% when training and fighting. He deserves everything he’s achieved and more. I couldn’t be more proud of him for winning the British title.
Looking to the future, Johnny is very open on where his career goes next, he says “my plan is to defend the British title three times, but if something turns up, then I’ll jump at the chance (European title or fight against a big name)”.
Image credit: Johnny Garton- Twitter/Instagram.