Unbeaten Scottish super-bantamweight prospect features next on the huge Ricky Burns-Kevin Mitchell world title undercard on Saturday 22nd September at the SECC in a four round contest.
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Name: Jon Slowey
Family background: Iíve three brothers. Myself and my twin Christopher are the youngest. My older brother Stephen was a five time Scottish champion who boxed in the ABAs and went to a few international tournaments.
I live with my parents in Mount Vernon, in Glasgowís East End.
Trade: Previously I was a community football coach for Celtic Football Club. I was a sh** player but a great coach! Now Iím a full time boxing pro.
Nickname: ĎThe Pride of Scotlandí
What age did you become interested in boxing and why? I followed our Stephen to the Dennistoun boxing gym from when I was just six. Stephen, whoís 10 years older, would scream: ĎGet him out of here!í
But the coach John McNair told my mum I had a gift for it and Iíve never been away.
What do you recall of your amateur career? I stayed at Dennistoun ABC my entire amateur career. Initially, I was coached by John McNair and James Cunningham but John passed away in 2007 and that was a big loss to me. He was like a grandfather to me; a great coach and a really good friend.
All told, I had 98 amateur bouts and won 81. I won five or six Scottish titles including two at Senior level and won two silvers and one bronze at the Four Nations tournaments. I must have boxed for Scotland over 30 times and it was always a great honour. Englandís Iain Weaver beat me twice. He was a good boy.
In 2006, I became the first Scot to medal at the European Cadets tournament when I got a bronze at 52KG in Hungary. That was probably the highlight of my amateur career. I got beat in the semi finals by Fred Evans who did very well for Team GB at the Olympics recently. I also won gold at multi-nations junior tournaments in Macedonia and Finland plus a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in India in 2008. Unfortunately, in 2009 I tested positive for cannabis and was banned for a while; a stupid mistake and my own fault. I carried on training for seven or eight months then turned pro in February 2009.
I loved the amateurs and wanted to go the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi but failing the drug test put paid to that.
Why did you decide to turn pro when you did? A new governing body took over in Scotland and they didnít know there arse from their elbow and I didnít want to be involved with them.
Tell us about your back up team: I spoke to a few managers and promoters but John McNair had always recommended Alex Morrison and heís proved a real gentleman. Alex manages and promotes me. He promised me four fights in my first year and delivered me seven! Heís treated me really well. Alex has got a reputation as a real tough guy but itís his wee wife Annie whoís the real boss!
Iím co trained by Danny Vaughan and Paul Weir at Morrisonís Gym. Both are very experienced and they bounce off each other. Danny helped bring a lot of champions through like Paul and Stephen Smith and Derry Mathews. Heís especially strong on the power and fitness side.
Paul, of course, is the former two weight world champion (WBO straw and light-fly) and heís still living in the past! Heís only got size five feet, most girls have bigger. Paulís a very technical coach. Danny and Paul donít always see eye to eye on everything but thatís healthy.
Gary Tarleton does my strength and conditioning and nutrition. Iím sponsored by Bodybuild Complete who sort out my supplements and stuff.
Whatís your training schedule? Which parts do you most and least enjoy? I train six days a week and take Sundays off. Iím always in pretty decent shape.
I get up at six oíclock to go for my run. Monday, Wednesday and Friday itís sprints, Tuesday and Thursday itís a long run. I hit the gym about midday. In the first four weeks of my preparation, Iíll focus more on fitness, burning fat and getting the legs, heart and lungs strong. Iíll do a lot of running and weights.
Then, the four weeks before the fight, Iíll focus more on technique and the gameplan. Thatís when Iíll do most of my sparring and explosive stuff. The last week, I like to do nothing at all, maybe a few long walks to monitor my weight, while my body recovers.
I really enjoy all aspects of training. Iím a pretty good runner and thereís nothing better than steaming through a tough circuit when youíre really fit. I always look forward to going the gym and having the craic with the boys. The only thing I donít enjoy is losing weight. I suppose every boxer says that.
Describe your style? What are your best qualities? I try to emulate Mayweather, with a touch of Pacquiao! Iím a 5ft 6in southpaw counterpuncher but I also like to go on the front foot. My strengths are my speed, footwork and agility. Iím also quite accurate. My best punches are probably my left uppercut and a nice right hook.
What specifically do you need to work on to fully optimise your potential as a fighter? I need to improve my inside fighting and develop a bit more power. Iím not the biggest hitter at my weight. Iím working at gradually taking opponents out over a number of rounds. I took a few out in the amateurs by wearing them down.
What have you found to be the biggest difference between the pro and amateur codes? No vest or headguard!
Youíve a lot more time to think and pick your shots as a pro. It definitely suits me better. The amateurs is a bit of a rush whereas in the pros you can settle down a bit. That said, I expect the pace to get a lot faster as I move up in class.
Who is the best opponent that youíve shared a ring with? That would probably be Alex Besputin, the Russian European and World Cadet champion. I boxed him in Tirana, Albania at the 2005 European Cadets. First round, he was a come forward southpaw with a tight defence. Second round, he came out all relaxed with his hands down. Totally different.
As a pro, Iíve sparred the likes of Derry Mathews, Craig Doherty and John Simpson. Derry was particularly clever and awkward. He read everything I did and showed me a lot of stuff.
All time favourite fighter:† Muhammed Ali; as much for his personality as his talent. I like the way he sold himself to the public and predicted his fights. He was cocky but didnít rub people up like Mayweather does.
All time favourite fight: Hagler-Hearns; a ferocious war between two truly great fighters.
Which current match would you most like to see made? Mayweather-Pacquiao is never going to happen so Iíd like to see a super-bantam unification between Nonito Donaire and Toshiaki Nishioka. Donaireís so fast and ferocious. I think heís better technically than Pacquiao.
What is your routine on fight day? Iím up early and Iíll have a couple of sachets of porridge and some bacon and egg for breakfast. Then Iíll go for a walk. I have to stay active. If you lounge about you start to feel lethargic. All through the day, Iíll be having small portions of pasta and stuff, little and often.
In the afternoon I might watch a bit of TV then Iíll head to the venue at about six. In the changing rooms, I like a chat. I canít sit quietly. I donít really get nervous until about an hour before. Then Iíll chill with my iPod, have some quiet time to get my mind right.
Entrance music:† Iíve had a few but my favourite was probably ĎJuicyí by Biggie Smalls.
What are your ambitions as a boxer? Over the next 12 months Iíd like to fight for a British title. I canít be too far away because Iím 10-0 now. Iíve just got to keep winning. Iím desperate to get among the likes of Frampton, Quigg, Munroe and Galahad. Ultimately, Iíd love a chance at a world title.
How do you relax? I like to spend time chilling with my girlfriend. We go out to eat; curries and Chinese. I also enjoy a few beers but Iím trying to stop cos it makes you feel shit in training the next day. Boxingís a short career and I want to put everything into it. I also do a bit of fishing and camping.
Read: I like the gangster stuff and True Crime. Iíve read a few sports biographies like Ali, Benny Lynch and Alex Ferguson.
Music: Anything. I love a bit of Frank Sinatra.
Films/TV:† I like comedy films. Tonight, Iím going to see ĎTedí. I watch quite a lot of sport, Sky Sports News. Lately, Iíve been watching a lot of the Olympics.
Aspiration in life: Just to find happiness and to have a nice family. Make a decent living from the boxing.
Motto: If you go swimming, you get wet!
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