With two highly successful promotions under his belt, Johnny Eames has been busy scouring the amateur scene for future stars, for his TRAD TKO Events promotional outfit.
Exceptional former Navy boxer Ricky Rose becomes the latest amateur star to sign professional papers with the savvy East London legends expanding empire.
Following signing with the esteemed Mr. Eames young Ricky spoke briefly about his amateur career and his decision to turn over.
I started boxing at the age of ten, my dad (Keith Rose) got me into it and inspired me to take up boxing at an early age.
I loved it, first time I went to the gym I just sat there and watched everyone train, realised I loved it and went from there.
I started competing, winning a few of my fights and went into the schoolboy championships for the first time at the age of twelve, yeah won my first national championship at the age of twelve.
My dad trained me at the Golden Gloves Gym, in Medway, Kent, went on from there to St Marys, again won the schoolboys there, followed by the Four Nations.
I stayed there for a few years until I started working, after starting working I soon learned just how hard it is to keep up the training let alone competing, so I joined the Military, The Royal Marine Commandos, because I knew I would be able to still box.
I loved it, I had great training, firstly with Stu OConnor and then by Graham Aldersen, it really paid off, In the Seniors I boxed for England twice, but never got the chance to box into the ABAs, due to my Military commitments.
Got in the combines but always got robbed, I mean theres so much rivalry between the Navy and Army that sometimes the judging was a bit suspect.
My last fight I had in the combines was against Martin Stead, he was a three time ABA Champion. Everyone thought I won it, I thought I won it.
Four and a half years I stayed in there for, as well as boxing on the team full time also did a tour in Afghanistan so I was doing a lot of soldiering as well as boxing, I loved it, it is intense but it was awesome.
As I said I spent four and half years in there and Im twenty three now so feel its time for me to go into the pro game, so joined Johnny (Eames) at the TRAD TKO.
John Murray introduced to the TRAD TKO when I was in the Navy, he introduced me to the guys up here. Come up here and loved it, its ideal, its about a half hour commute in the morning, which isnt too drastic.
You come here and put the effort in you get back everything and more you put into it.
Ive signed with Johnny, but before I start my pro career Im going to do a little traveling, Im off to Asia next month to get it out of my system before committing full time to the boxing.
Ill be going there for a couple of months and then when I come back Ill be straight into the training camp for my pro debut.