Morson Contractor Wins First Professional Boxing Match

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by Jamal Niaz on

Morson rail contractor ‘Flawless’ Diamond Oginni made his professional boxing debut last weekend and defeated the experienced Aleksandrs Birkenbergs in a four-round decision victory. The 24-year-old has been training boxing for six years but explained why now was the right time to turn professional:
 

“I’ve always had the intention of turning pro but when you’re turning pro you need a good team around you and some backing and that’s what I’ve lacked in the past. With Morson behind me and the current team I have, I just said why not”

Despite his wealth of experience in the gym over the years, Saturday night was a whole different experience entirely as Diamond had to make the walk to ring in front of a packed-out arena, as well as over 30,000 people watching live on IFL TV online:

“It was nerve wrecking but I controlled my nerves and enjoyed it. There’s nothing that can prepare you for that experience”

The Morson athlete named a few fighters that he’s looked up to prior to turning pro:

“The fighter I look up to, he’s an old fighter called Purnell Whittaker but in terms of more modern athletes I’d say Floyd Mayweather and Terrance Crawford, I admire both of their styles a lot”

It’s clear that Oginni has a love for the sport with those three names perfecting the art of hand to hand combat to its finest, his admiration of their work can only have a positive effect on his own in the coming years. Whilst still being a Morson employee, Diamond is looking to continue to make his mark in the professional ranks next year and shed light on when we can next expect to see him in the ring:

“I’ve spoken with my manager and I’ll be back in February it’s been confirmed. Next year I’m looking to be as active as possible, I’m targeting five fights”

Diamond is currently managed by Andy Ayling who is the events manager for Frank Warren Promotions and he expects to be a part of some huge cards ran by the ever-prominent promoter. One aspect of turning professional that many fighters will no doubt find daunting is selling the tickets allocated to them but that wasn’t a problem for Oginni:

“It’s been brilliant, the majority of tickets I sold were from Morson and the support from Morson, the track workers and people from the office has been amazing”

Morson is proud to sponsor Diamond and we look forward to see how his career unfolds in the coming years.


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