Q&A with Prospect Lloyd Germain

An interview

Cardiff’s Lloyd Germain turned professional in 2019 and has registered four wins. The orthodox switch-hitter is targeting titles in the welterweight division. The Welsh boxer trains in the same boxing stable as former IBF featherweight champion Lee Selby. I caught up with Lloyd to discuss his career so far.

How did you get into boxing?

I got into boxing around the age of 12, and I went to the gym with a good family friend John Smith. He took me to Highfields ABC where he used to train, and I fell I love with it!

What gym did you first go to and who trained you?

I firstly trained at Highfields ABC in Cardiff I was trained by Darren Sullivan, Ray Thorogood and Anthony Alsopp.

What was your amateur experience?

Believe it or not, I only had two amateur fights, due to me being in and out of the gym for many years. I’ve learnt a lot. I have now had four fights in the paid ranks, and I have a professional boxing style.

Who were your favourite fighters when you were growing up?

I’ve always been a massive fan of Floyd Mayweather and Sugar Ray Robinson. For me, they are my favourite fighters, although I have a lot of interest for other quality champions but those two stand-out.

Who are you managed and trained by?

I am managed by Chris Sanigar and trained By Tony Borg. As I said, I had a minimal amateur career but learnt all my trade under the guidance of my trainer Tony Borg. I surrounded myself with some of the best talents in Wales, and that pushed me, it prepared me for the paid ranks. I haven’t looked back, and I’ve gone from strength to strength!

You train at St. Joseph’s in Newport. Describe the gym and who’re the characters there?

The gym is a special place; it breeds champions, so being in there speaks volumes, we have great camaraderie in the gym. All the lads push each other every session and want the best for each other. We have a great mix of backgrounds and characters. It’s always a laugh and joke but most importantly, hard work!

Who do you spar in preparation for fights?

I spar several fighters for upcoming fights. I’m lucky to be in the same camp as former world champion Lee Selby, so he helps me with rounds. He’s someone I look up to a lot, as he’s been and done it from the very small hall shows to the top!

I, also, spar welsh lightweight champion Gavin Gwynne and prospects Robbie Vernon, Lance Cooskey Jr. and Jordan Withers, plus many others. It’s a great place for me to develop, also, having some top prospects who come over the bridge (from England), such as super welterweight C.J. Challenger who is the current Midlands Area Champion.

Favourite part of training?

I don’t have a favourite part, to be honest, I’m obsessed with every aspect of the game. I think to be the best you have to be. Boxing is a tough sport, but very rewarding. I love the hard work and pushing myself to be in the best shape I can be.

Are you a full-time fighter?

Yes, I am a full-time fighter. I’m very fortunate to have sponsors who play a massive part in my journey without their help, I wouldn’t be able to commit to the gym full-time. Thankfully I do, so this allows me to live the lifestyle.

You’re now 29-years-old, why did you leave it quite late to turn professional?

I turned professional at 28. Yes, some may say that’s late, but I believe everything in life happens when it is meant to! I had a family tragedy in 2018, losing my brother. That gave me the motivation, as well as my little ones. To put all my energy into boxing and better myself for the future of my family. I’m in the best shape, both physically and mentally. The future is looking very bright!!

How would you describe your fighting style?

I’m a rangy boxer. I like to box behind my jab and use the slick science of hit and not be hit.

You made your professional debut, in Merthyr Tydfil, back in June 2019. How did you feel going into that fight?

Going into my pro debut. I felt the same as I do for every fight. My trainer, Tony Borg, always ensures I’m in top shape and leaves no stone unturned in camp. Yes, I was a little nervous – that is normal. It was great, I sold over 120 tickets had massive support, and it was a day I will never forget. That got the ball rolling, and I’ve not looked back since

You’ve had four fights, winning them all. How do you rate your performances?

Yes, I’ve lost only one or two rounds in all four bouts, and I believe I’ve improved each contest. I’ve had four different styles of fighters, so I’m ticking off boxes, preparing me for future big fights down the line. I’m a lot more confident going into each bout as I am constantly improving.

Coronavirus has brought sporting events and boxing to a standstill. How do you train and keep focused?

I’m running every other day. Running on the sand dunes (in Merthyr Mawr) and doing mountain runs. Me and the lads are doing circuits on social media. I’m going to be putting in the work regardless; I’ve been training six days a week I have a bag set up also, so the grind hasn’t stopped for me!

All boxers rely on sponsors, which ones are supporting you even though you can’t fight?

I’m very fortunate to have Sensimilla Cbd & Specialist Security, they have been a massive help I owe a lot to them they continue to support me, and I can’t thank them enough!

Once boxing gets going again, are there any titles or opponents that you’re targeting?

I did plan to get myself in contention for the Welsh welterweight title by the end of 2020, early 2021. With everything being put on hold, as soon as we get the green light and shows start happening, I’m going to continue to progress and firstly win the Welsh title or any available title.

Ambitions in the sport?

I have many ambitions in boxing. I’m not here to make up numbers, I live the lifestyle, and I want all the belt fighting the best to become the best!

When you get spare time, how do you chill-out and do you have any interests away from boxing?

I have two children who I spend a lot of time with. Boxing is a full-time job, so I like to spend my downtime with them along with my family and friends when I can. I’m a massive sports fan, so I enjoy going to watch football (Cardiff City FC). I, occasionally, like a round of golf and making memories with my loved ones.

How can people follow your career?

You can follow my journey via my Instagram @lloydgermain_”>@lloydgermain_/a> or on Facebook Lloyd Germain.

I want to say a massive Thank you for all those who have taken their time to read this. Stay tuned and follow me all the way to the top!

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