Michael Devine

Luton lightweight Michael Devine made short work of his amateur career.  Only fighting 13 times (9-4) he made the swich to being a pro in 2009, aged only 20.  He picked up wins in his first 3 bouts, including his debut at his hometown nightclub of Liquid Envy in Luton.   In his 4th pro fight, Devine lost to Mark Alexander then went on an 11 fight undefeated streak from 2011 to 2014.  Now carrying a record of 13-3-1 and only 26 years of age, Michael has already picked up the Southern Area super featherweight title and boxed in a number of different weight categories - so which category will we see him fighting in in the future?
"It's going to be lightweight for me now.  Well, that's unless any better opportunities come up in the future!" says Michael.
One opportunity he may be alluding to is the Matchroom promoted Prizefighter tournament.  Already having taken part in one tournament in 2014, he says that there were some opportunities that were raised from the exposure.  "I've been offered different fights off the back of it, but unfortunately none of them made sense financially".
Devine reached the final of Prizefighter, where he was beaten in a unanimous points decision to Jono Carroll (7-0-0).  Jono has already gone on to show further promise in the division - what does Michael make of the Ireland native?  "He's a very good fighter.  The format suited him better - I'm a championship fighter, so it was difficult to change back to the lower rounds".  Michael has a point - prior to Prizefighter all 13 of his pro fights had been scheduled for more than the Prizefighter standard of 3, 3 minute rounds.
Michael was last out in the ring in May of this year, losing a disappointing points decision to Adam Dingsdale (12-2-1) at York Hall.  But the circumstances behind the fight didn't help Michael; "I'll take nothing away from Dingsdale, but the fight was scheduled to be on that night at 9.  I got to the venue at 7.20 as I normally would, and was told I would be in the ring at 7.40.  So I ended up walking to the ring and I hadn't even warmed up.  There were none of my friends there at that point - it wasn't what we planned".
Far from ideal for his preparations - but 'Chunky' is moving onwards.  He has a fight scheduled on 19th September, back at York Hall, on the Goodwin Promotions show.  An opponent hasn't been announced yet, but Michael has a clear vision of where he sees his career going.
"I want to be English Champ - I've already held the Southern Area.  Once I've got my hands on that belt I'm going to be knocking on the door of whoever is the British champ at the time."
Michael Devine

Lofty ambitions for the young man.  Having been part of the ever growing team of fighters who are making their home at York Hall, how does Michael compare fighting at the home of British boxing compared to other venues?  "York Hall definitely holds the atmosphere better than anywhere else.  I can be a come forward fighter - I can box in different ways as well to be fair.  At York Hall I like to please the crowd and get them involved in the fight".

It's easy to see why he has built up a loyal following.  Happy to spare his time to answer questions and seemingly with a residency at York Hall in a crowd pleasing style, his aims of a British title may not be unrealistic.  

I couldn't let Michael go without quizzing him on his time in the ring with 'Rockin' Robin Deakin.  Renowned as a fighter with the claim to having the worst record in British boxing, the man from Crawley recently tried to get himself on the undercard of Mayweather vs Pacquaio with an offer to fight Justin Bieber.  He's notoriously loud on social media - so what did Michael make of him?   "Ah, he's not the worst to be fair.  And also he's a great character when you're in the ring with him".  Michael too is a great character, and with his skillset and support we look forward to his progress over the next 12 months