Tom ‘Dazzlin’ Doran is a big prospect in the British Middleweight division. The man from Connahs Quay already has a notable Sky Sports appearance to his name with victory in the famed Prizefighter tournament. He is currently undefeated in fifteen fights, with five of those wins coming by way of knock out. During his win in Prizefighter, he beat up-and-coming prospects Craig Cunningham and Luke Keeler before getting to the final. In the final he stopped Cello Renda in the third round, securing the tournament title and big prize money.
Tom has been speaking to InstantBoxing.com, and here is what he had to say:
How do you assess your professional career so far?
I have progressed quickly initially and after two years I was in a British title eliminator with Max Maxwell. After that I had a bit of a lay off for three years which wasn’t ideal but I think I had fallen out of love with the sport a bit. I think if I would have carried on I would have been completely lost so I think it was the right choice in the end. Since winning Prizefighter, I’m right back up there.
How would you describe your fighting style, and what are your best attributes as a fighter?
I think I am a bit of an all rounder. I can box on the back foot, I am not really an aggressive fighter, I am more of a thinker.
Do you think your style suits the professional game?
I think so yes. I think it will do more when I go onto the longer round fights.
How do you find training as a professional?
Pretty much the same to be fair, it’s just a bit more intense. I am in more camps than I would be in the amateurs rather than keeping fit all year, but other than that its quite similar.
How did you find the whole prizefighter experience?
It was fantastic for me. I had great exposure and from that there was a lot more interest in my career. It helps to sell tickets as well.
On the back of that your next fight was at the Echo Arena, how was that experience for you?
It was fantastic again. It was another big arena and my next fight will be at the Echo as well.
Against Max Maxwell you were knocked down in the first round but then got up and stopped him in that round. Does that show that you have heart as well as talent?
I think so. Throughout my career, if somebody catches me and hurts me, they usual regret it in the end! I come back with more fire. There has been times when I have been hit and I don’t even know where I am but I keep fighting, so the heart is definitely there.
You’re ranked ninth in the country at Middleweight now, are you looking for title fights soon?
I am yeah. I am looking at the British title. It is looking like my next fight will be a final eliminator for the British title.
Whose the best fighter you’ve faced so far in your career?
It’s difficult to say really. I don’t think there has been anybody that really stands out to me.
What’s the highlight of your career so far?
Winning Prizefighter definitely.
What’s the dream for you as a professional boxer?
I want that British title on my fireplace. It’s the nicest belt I think that there is out of any of them. After that, I would love to go as far as I possibly can do.
Where do you see yourself in a years time?
All going well, I think I will be British champion. I want to be full time and not having to go to work as well.
Quick fire round:
Favourite fighter growing up: Joe Calzaghe. .
Favourite glove: Cleto Reyes.
Best ever round you’ve seen: One of the Ward-Gatti rounds – I couldn’t tell you which round though
Best ever fight you’ve seen: Either Ward-Gatti or at British level, Jamie Moore and Matthew Macklin
First fight you ever went to: Ricky Hatton – I couldn’t tell you what title it was for at the M.E.N
First memory of boxing: Driving with my dad down to the local amateur club when I was six
Best punch you’ve ever received: A left hook from Anthony Fowler in sparring
Craziest thing you’ve seen in boxing: On one of the DVDs a boxers mum hit the other boxer with their shoe.
Funniest personal moment in boxing: Just some of the times we had as amateurs. We were all the same age and we always had a good laugh
Tom will be fighting on the undercard of Callum Smith vs Rocky Fielding over ten rounds against the unbeaten Rod Smith on November 7.
By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on Twitter @lukemadeira15