To attract comparisons with Gennadiy Golovkin, you should be a fairly spectacular fighter and Sam Noakes most undoubtedly is.
The 25-year-old has been taking boxing’s skilled ranks by storm, placing collectively a Beterbiev-esque excellent file of ten fights, ten wins and ten knockouts.
Noakes first obtained into boxing due to his older brother, Sean, who boxed on the undercard of Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde, on Saturday night time and scored a surprising knockout.
When requested about his origins within the sport, Noakes advised talkSPORT: “Sean used to do it earlier than I did after which I stored being slightly s*** and my mum made me get into it and I’ve by no means seemed again since.
“I feel it’s all the time good to be in sports activities from a younger age and I took to it rather well.”
Noakes did certainly take to boxing effectively and that is largely as a result of appreciable energy he carries, which he believes is his greatest attribute.
“I’d say energy is certainly one of [my best attributes], I’ve obtained a great engine too, however I feel energy is the primary one,” Noakes mentioned.
“I feel it helps that I’m on prime of my opponents on a regular basis and so they can’t sustain with that and it’s clearly working.”
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Noakes power and work rate has earned him the nickname ‘The Maidstone Golovkin,’ being from the Kent town, and it is a nickname he enjoys, as he admires the Kazakh fighter.
“Out of all the fighters, I’ve probably watched the most of Golovkin,” Noakes said. “Just how he is as a sportsman, I think he’s a really nice fella in and out of the ring.”
In terms of Noakes’ ambitions in the sport, he gave an honest answer, saying: “To make as much money as I possibly can.
“Obviously, I want to be a world champion as well, but it’s a long road.
“I’ve got the attributes to go all the way and I’m willing to work hard at it. It’s not guaranteed but I’m going to give it my best to do so.”
If Noakes does want to ‘go all the way’ he will have to overcome some stiff competition, as he campaigns in the lightweight division, which is one of the most talent rich weight classes in boxing.
As it stands, Devin Haney is the current undisputed lightweight world champion and there are a number of terrific young fighters breathing down his neck, such as Shakur Stevenson and Ryan Garcia among others, but Noakes believes that in a few years he will be able to contend with them all.
“I’ve still got a lot of learning to do,” Noakes said. “Those guys have had 20 or 30 odd fights, I’ve only had ten.
“So, I’ve nonetheless obtained a little bit of studying to do and get some rounds underneath my belt, however in two or three years if I’m there, I’ll be able to go for it.
“I imply I undoubtedly have what it takes to provide it a great go.
“They’re flying on the minute, a few of them we’ll in all probability be transferring up in weight as effectively, however in just a few years I’ll undoubtedly be a great contender for them.”
As for the remainder of 2023, Noakes simply needs to remain heading in the right direction and keep his excellent file, as he mentioned: “This yr, hopefully I’ll get 4 extra knockouts and in spectacular fashion.”
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