THE future’s bright, the future’s Brighton for former professional boxer Stuart McFadyen.
The 29-year-old super bantamweight is heading down to East Sussex on Sunday, April 10th to take part in the south coast marathon in a bid to raise funds for his new boxing academy.
The Colne fighter was forced into retirement eight months ago after sustaining damage to his eye. His last bout saw him defeat Sid Razak on points at Colne Muni in August 2008, ending his three-year career in the professional ranks. Of his 14 contests he won 12 and, drew one, with his only loss falling at the hands of Gavin Reid in November 2007.
He said: “I damaged the muscle tissue around my eye and it was causing double vision. I could have carried on after the operation, but I would have been risking more damage. It would have just caused more upset for my family so I had to think about them and my own future.”
McFadyen will tackle the 26-mile quest donning his former competing shorts, 16oz boxing gloves and a leather protective head guard as he looks to equip his academy, based at Intershape Gym, in Albert Road, Colne, with a boxing ring and punch bags.
He will also be running alongside partner Lucy Howarth, whose charity is the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The popular fighter has already started teaching the tricks of the trade to budding boxers alongside another former pro John Duckworth. Sessions are currently running from 7 p.m. until 9-30 p.m. on Tuesday, 8 p.m. until 9-30 p.m. on Thursday and 3 p.m. until 4-30 p.m. on Saturday.
“I’ve always known that I would end up coaching and training others,” McFadyen said. “I’m just going into it sooner than anticipated. I really miss fighting as a professional because being involved in the sport still brings it all back. I’m not fully over it but I’m excited to teach these kids and bring them success.
“I get a real buzz out of training them and it’s going to be great to see them grow and progress in the sport. There’s already a 17-year-old lad called Luke Brooks who has attended every session, 21 in total, and it’s people with dedication like that who will get somewhere in the sport.”
McFadyen has already attained his level one and two amateur coaching badges, as well as acquiring his licence to train professional fighters. And he knows there’s a bright future ahead: “Making the decision to retire was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but it’s going to work out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m very happy and I want to be involved in boxing for the rest of my life.
“I’ve never been so sure about anything in my life than this boxing academy.
“It’s very exciting and I want to develop these lads into top standard amateurs and I want them to have a professional career.
“I’ve a fresh knowledge of the sport and I’ve got plenty of contacts so hopefully I can pass all that on.”
Anybody interested in signing up for McFadyen’s Boxing Academy can contact Stuart on 07957 696221 or Margaret Duckworth on 07817 735508.
Sessions for youngsters under 15 will start soon.