This week we sat down for an interview with Bill Hutch Hutchinson, the junior welterweight boxer representing Pittsburgh, PA. Bill Hutchinson continually gains new fans and followers as he is usually a focal point of Roy Jones Jr.’s promotions and as Hutch’s skill in the ring continues to evolve with every fight. Getting to know the fighter a little better, we explored Hutchinson’s past and present as well as what’s in store for this young athlete’s future.
Interview with Bill Hutchinson
How did you get started as a boxer?
My first time in a boxing gym was at age 13, I really just started training to occupy my time and stay out of trouble. I sparred my first day in the gym and had my first fight a few months thereafter, which I won by knockout. However, at the time football was my main priority and I would only have a handful of fights over the next few years.
What boxers did you admire growing up?
I have only recently become a true student of the game; however, I always paid attention to Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. They each had a unique way to keep you glued to the fight.
Did you have much of an amateur background?
I essentially did not have an amateur background, at all. I had roughly nine amateur boxing matches over the course of nine years; that wouldn’t even put me in the “open” class of the amateur ranks. I am literally learning on the fly, which has cost me the luster of a perfect record. Nonetheless, I am really beginning to find my groove. I have great confidence in myself and my work ethic; which I hope to display in my next fight.
Who are you currently trained by?
I train with Tom Yankello at World Class Boxing. Tom is a great trainer and I think he is the guy who can really help propel my professional boxing career. In addition, I am working with Jason Derose and his team at F.A.S.T.E.R. for my strength and conditioning. It is very important to surround yourself with a great team and I feel that I have sought out the best coaches for their individual fields.
What gym(s) are you training at?
Who are some other fighters you’ve had the chance to work with?
I’ve had the opportunity to work with and alongside some great fighters at World Class Boxing; of which include: Paul Spadafora, Monty Meza-Clay, Brian Minto, and Morgan Fitch. Those guys are really who I look to in the gym for support and advice. Also, can’t forget my main sparring partner Joey Holt.
What is your toughest obstacle outside of the ring that you face while training for a fight?
I think the largest obstacle for any up and coming fighter is the balance between training and work; the bills still need paid between fights. Every fighter would love to be able to soley support themselves through fighting; I hope to do that soon.
How has your experience been working with Roy Jones Jr. and TNT Promotions?
At this point, I don’t have any complaints. I feel as though Roy and TNT have been fair with me and I appreciate the body of work we have accomplished so far together. This promotion is consistently putting on the largest platform for young fighters like myself in the area, I hope that continues to grow.
How do you feel about the return of Paul Spadafora and have you had the chance to train with him?
I wish Paul the best, I really do. I think he still has what it takes to give these top guys problems and then some. From a technical standpoint, Paul’s game is great. I know firsthand, I have been in there sparring with him before. I definitely try to steal different tips and tricks off of him and his skill set every chance I get.
With the rising popularity of MMA, has the thought ever crossed your mind of crossing over?
I would never close the door on any potential opportunity. I actually have had a few MMA fights and had quite a bit of success. That being said, I have a lot of respect for those guys. If I ever did cross over I would do it the right way and do my due diligence; obviously, ignoring the ground game isn’t wise.
How are you feeling about the upcoming fight against Angel Rios?
I feel great. I am getting better every single day. I respect Angel Rios and his resume. He has been in there with a lot of great fighters and is very tough. I know he will bring it and I will be ready.
Do you have your eyes set on any specific fighters?
I honestly only focus on myself, I can improve in every area of my game and I intend to. I don’t waste my time worrying about other fighters or try and seek out particular fights. I work hard and stay in my lane, I don’t fear anybody. Whoever they put in front of me or put in my way is who I have to fight and I will.
What is your ultimate goal with your boxing career?
My goal is to be the best 140lb fighter on the planet. If your goal isn’t to be the best then this isn’t the place for you. In my personal life I am actually a very laid back, chill guy. However, there is no place for that in boxing, or the fight game in general. Nobody is going to give you anything, you have to take it.
Hutchinson is fighting this weekend out atÂ The Harv in the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and ResortÂ againstÂ AngelÂ The White TigerÂ RiosÂ fighting out of Puerto Rico. Bill Hutchinson hopes to add a win this weekend to his current record ofÂ 6-1-2.Â Tickets are on saleÂ now for these fights and more!
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