Stockport Heavyweight Chris Healey is keen to show he’s back to his best after major back surgery, and the loss of his father in 2016.
On Friday 13th December, he's one of eight Heavyweights competing at Ultimate Boxxer 6 for a prizefund of £50k, live on BoxNation.
We profile the 31 year old, who's desperate to get his career back on track:
Record: 8-6 (2 KOs)
Height: 6ft 3in
Family: Partner Caroline, twin six-year-old boys Alfie and Austin, and three step children, Georgia (16), Jake (18) and Liam (22).
Other sports played: None! Has always been boxing!
Football team: ‘No, it’s too soft for me!’
What attracted you to boxing: ‘It had always been in the family, my Grandad George did it, and then my Dad Michael, so naturally I was interested. I first went into the gym when I was about 8-years-old, but only stayed for a few months. It wasn’t until I was 13 when I went back with some mates that I really got into it, something clicked and I’ve done it ever since.’
Amateur career: ‘I had around 65 fights in my amateur career, and won 45 of them. I was coached by Roy Richardson at the Bredbury Stockport ABC. I turned pro in 2012.’
Set-up: Turned pro in 2012, and after a period at Oliver’s Gym in Salford returned to Bredbury Stockport ABC, which is much closer to home. Coached by Louis Arrowsmith - who is actually the grandson of Healey’s first coach.
Career thus far: ‘It started well, I won six of my first seven fights but then I had quite a serious back injury, I ended up breaking two discs and needing major surgery. I thought it was just sciatica so I kept taking pain killers, but after the win against John Barnes in December 2014 I had the operation and was out for two years. It’s been a hard road to get back to where I am.’
Describe your style: ‘I used to be a Cruiserweight, so I’ve got fast hands and fast feet for a Heavyweight. I like to come forward too, I’m relentless!’
Thoughts on Ultimate Boxxer 6? ‘I’m here to win it, because I desperately want to climb the rankings again - when I first turned pro, I was much higher but since the injury comeback I’ve obviously been overtaken me but I know I can win. After the injury, my Dad Michael suddenly died and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to compete, but I’m fighting for him now, and also for a Lonsdale belt - those are my motivations.’
Interesting info: A serious back injury has curtailed his career somewhat, having had major surgery to correct two broken discs in his back. Returned to the fight game in 2016 after two years out of the sport, but was rocked by the sudden death of his Father in January 2016. He fought David Abraham and Nick Webb in December 2016 and January 2017 respectively, losing both before rebounding over Dorian Darch. His most recent defeats have come against Mark Bennett and Jonathan Palata.