“Dream come true” for Hayden as he turns professional
By Hayden Moore
TAKING a leap into professional boxing, William Hayden has declared it a “dream come true” after signing an agreement with promoter Frank Warren and Queensberry Promotions.
The talented 11-time national champion and 2016 European Schoolboy gold medallist is a product of Crumlin Boxing Club, training under Phil Sutcliffe.
William Hayden with boxing promoter Frank Warren
“I couldn’t be happier with it, it’s a real dream come true,” Hayden told The Echo.
“I was aiming to go to the Olympics, but the number one goal from boxing was always to get a world title, so obviously you had to turn pro to do that and I couldn’t have got a better promoter to turn pro with.
“Frank Warren seems to deal with the best prospects and he builds a solid foundation for fighters. Fighters aren’t rushed and he has lots of other young people as well.
“So he has lots of experience with getting young amateurs and turning them over.
“It’s close to home and he was happy enough with me training out of Crumlin while I’m in college, so that was a big bonus and it fits in with my lifestyle at the moment.”
Hayden, who turned 19 in January, is studying Digital Marketing in TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus and will remain with Crumlin BC for the time being.
Balancing his studies and boxing is paramount for the Bohernabreena lad, with him planning to fly over to England for sparring sessions on weekends.
Having boxed at 69kg as an amateur, Hayden is eyeing a possible drop down to Super Lightweight (63.5kg) in the professional ranks.
And as for competition, he is targeting a professional boxing debut sometime during the summer.