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 Last update:  10/3/2009       Read more by Terence Dooley         
   
Danny Randall, Joe Gallagher's Latest Protege Goes Pro
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By Terence Dooley

Danny Randall, Joe Gallaghers latest protg, takes his professional bow on the undercard of John Murray versus Jon Thaxton later tonight. Randall has turned his back on an engineering career in order to see how far he can go in the professional ranks. Danny, 23, takes on the 35-year-old veteran Jason Nesbitt in a scheduled four-rounder; the fight kicks off the bill at the Leisure Centre, Altrincham.

Randall has sparred with professional fighters for years. Danny has been a constant fixture at Gallaghers Denton gym; he now believes that the time has come for him step into the harsh boxing arena. Danny was introduced to the crowd at the Murray-Thaxton weigh-in; he savoured the moment before telling me that he has mixed emotions going into this fight.

Im excited and nervous at the same time, said the Mancunian. Im happy to be boxing on the undercard of Murray and Thaxton a much-anticipated fight. Ive been boxing since I was ten-years-old. Its been thirteen-years. Ive boxed with John Murray since I was fourteen. Ive grown up in the same gym as John and worked with Joe Gallagher for all these years. So it is a nice touch to be turning pro on Johns undercard. Hes 27-0 and Im just getting started.

Randall fought a half-century of unpaid contests before walking away from the sport to pursue a career with British Telecom; he recently decided to make a full-time commitment to the business of boxing.

I had over fifty amateur fights, he confirmed. I went to the School Boys semis and then chose a career with British Telecom over boxing. Ive been with BT over seven years now and decided to put boxing first and my career second. Im an engineer but didnt want to live a life of regret about having not boxed. I decided that it is now or never. Im twenty-three and want to push on in boxing.

Randall should make a successful transition. Birminghams Nesbitt has not won since 2007 and he will be there to give Danny some rounds, rather than a stern test. Randall believes that his gym battles have given him the foundations needed to beat men like Nesbitt.

He said: Ive sparred with John and done spars with Femi Fehintola, Seamus Macklin and Joe Murray. Weve got the best team in the world and Ive got Joe and Kerry Kayes behind me - you cant get much better than that.

I just want to get the rounds in tomorrow night. Ive sold two hundred tickets. My fans will be supporting John, and the other way round. I want to get some rounds in but I will try for the stoppage on the night. I can box and fight but like to do a bit of both. Im not as much on the front foot as John Murray but I can mix it up. Ill have in mind that if I get a good performance I could get on TV.

ITV4 will broadcast the bill from 8pm.




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