Queenstown Commonwealth Games boxer Richie Hadlow is turning pro.
The four-time New Zealand light welterweight champion says he’s got nothing left to prove as an amateur, and reckons he’ll pack a better punch as a pro.
“It suits my style, I am 30 years old, so I’m very aware of Father Time, and let’s make some money out of doing what we love.”
Hadlow’s amateur career peaked with his selection for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast this year, where he reached the second round.
Apart from fighting topless, he says a key difference in pro fights is that they last more than three rounds.
“I’ve got more rounds to effect my game plan so I’m looking to knock people out, I really am.”
He also likes the fact he can train for one bout, rather than go into a tournament where he mightn’t know how many fights he’s got, or who his opponents will be.
It might also be an advantage that he’s likely to fight in a lighter weight division.
Hadlow hopes he can score a pro bout about every two months.
“I want to start at home, with NZ, then I want to take it to Australia [and further afield]. To be honest, it has to be outside NZ to get real purses, but you’ve got to start small, and you’ve got to start somewhere.
“I don’t like to talk smack, but anyone in my division, I’ve obviously got my sights on.”
Hadlow also hopes to line up Queenstown shows where he’ll fight.
“I want people to come and enjoy a spectacular fight night.”
He wants to be smart about the next stage of his career and surround himself with good people, including his coach Stewart Mitchell, who’ll be his manager.
“I want to challenge myself in this next echelon – in my head, I’ve got five years to put things together to see what I’m like.”
Meantime, he’ll also offer his services as a personal trainer. He’s now also head coach for the local Fight Science Amateur Boxing Club.