Parsons celebrates his first title by punching above his weight
Boxer Danny Parsons does not have a ring name yet, but he is already carving a new identity in the fight game after a first title win.
The 18-year-old featherweight lifted a Queensbury League southern area lightweight title in Epsom last month on his professional debut, having been plucked from the amateur ranks after impressing promoters in sparring sessions.
The former Teddington School student, who has been boxing for five years, moved up two weight divisions to beat Dagenham’s Craig Hardy on points.
Parsons, who rates Rocky Marciano and Ricky Hatton among his boxing idols, is accustomed to punching above his weight, having sparred with older and heavier fighters in the past.
And he reckons the experience played into his hands and made him more than a one trick pony.
“I’ve sparred with middleweights and 40-year-olds before. I think it mixes things up a bit,” he said.
“When I was spotted I was fighting someone heavier than me. The promoters liked my style and said they’d give me a call.
“When they offered me the fight it did mean moving up two weights – I’m usually a featherweight – but I’d seen him before, so I took it.
“It was a bit of a brawl. I don’t want to be known as just a brawler, but I have to admit I do love a bit of a scrap, I’ve got a decent jab and can move on the back foot when I need to.”
Former Battersea ABC fighter Parsons, who has worked at Iceland in New Malden since leaving school and lives only a stone’s throw from AFC Wimbledon’s Kingsmeadow stadium, is yet to identify his next opponent as he looks to build a professional career.
“That was my first pro fight, so I want to defend my title and then go on to bigger and better things,” he added.
“It helps that I work part-time because it means I can get to training at the gyms I use in Tooting and Mitcham. I’d like to be a full-time boxer though.
“That was my biggest win in front of the biggest crowd too. I had 52 fans and he brought down about 70. There were loads of others there too.
“It was a great atmosphere and amazing experience. I’d like to taste some more of that.”
And with three siblings taking their first steps in the sport, he admitted his next match up was as likely to come from his own family as anywhere else.
“My two brothers have been training a bit, but I’m the only one to get in the ring as a professional,” he said.
“I think they might be giving it a go sooner or later, but I’m the only one to fight professionally so far.
“My sister Holly is 17-years-old and she is really getting into it. I spar with her all the time.
“I don’t hit her, but she really goes for it and is always trying to knock me out so I have to be careful.”