Johnny Fisher sacrificed a First in his university degree to spar Joe Joyce in Las Vegas instead – that brave decision can be vindicated as he gets set for his pro boxing debut. ‘The Romford Bull’ is a heavyweight with limited amateur experience whose background came in “smashing” people on the university rugby pitch.
“I’ve been involved in boxing since I was six or seven years old. But in the sixth form and at Exeter University, I played rugby. It was only through chance that I fell back into boxing.” Fisher said. “In my second year of university, I contacted Sam Jones [of S-JAM Boxing, who became his manager] to ask: ‘Do you need any sparring for Joe Joyce?’ I sparred well. Then I went again and sparred well again. The next thing I knew, at Christmas 2019, I was invited to spar Joyce in his camp to fight Daniel Dubois. We built a good relationship.”
“I was on track for a First in my assessments but [chose to go to Vegas to spar Joe Joyce]. I had to write my dissertation and do my assessments after sparring!” he added. “I needed to be in the library for the resources. I chose to take a chance because a 2:1 is still a great result. I had to sacrifice a First but you’ve got to take chances in life. I studied history and graduated last summer. I did my dissertation on the aerial bombing of Germany in 1944-45. History is something else I really enjoy. The backing of a degree and a university experience puts me in good stead to really focus on my boxing career. It shows I can stick at something, and that I am dedicated.”