Snooker star Alfie Burden to enter boxing ring

PUBLISHED: 11:41 23 October 2013 | UPDATED: 11:42 23 October 2013

Snooker player Alfie Burden to have a boxing match

Snooker player Alfie Burden to have a boxing match

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Welwyn Garden City professional snooker player Alfie Burden will be leaving his bow tie and cue at home on Friday, November 22 and instead be picking up his shorts and gloves as he tries his hand at boxing.

It has always been an ambition of the 36-year-old to get in the ring and fight toe-to-toe, he will realise that dream at the City Pavilion, Romford next month.

It is not unheard of for snooker players to climb into the squared circle, Quinten Hann and Mark King fought in 2004.

Burden told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It’s something I was going to do seven or eight years ago, my cousin does some prize fights.

“Two snooker players fought and I had signed up to fight Ali Carter and did six weeks training, but it was called off in the end.

“I’ve just want to have a go and have a fight.”

Burden is already deep in training for the three two minute round bout against a yet to be confirmed opponent and is being trained by famed boxing promoter Alan Mortlock.

On the snooker front Burden is enjoying success this season and has qualified for the International Championship in China later this month.

He feels his boxing training has helped his performance on the green baize.

“I’m feeling great, I have dropped some weight and am probably the lightest I have been since I was in my 20s,” he said.

“It can only help, it also keeps the mind fresh which is key for concentration levels in snooker.

“The only thing is if I come out of the fight with two black eyes, but it should be ok!”

Visit www.ibaboxing.co.uk for tickets and for more information about the night.


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