Debutant Watch - Reece MacMillan

Author:  Jon Briggs
The latest installment of Debutant Watch heads north to Morecambe, Lancashire to feature welterweight prospect Reece MacMillan. Reece had a successful amateur career that saw him represent England turns professional under the guidance of former Central Area champion Kieran Farrell who is now training and managing boxers.
Reece, 20, makes his debut at the Guild Hall, Preston on the 20th February on 12 fight card promoted by Johnney Roye.
What made you want to start boxing?
“I was around eight years old when I started, my Dad took me to the local gym as I was a bit hyperactive at that age. My uncle boxed when I was younger so I have always been interested in the sport.’
Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?
“I always liked Arturo Gatti. I loved the way he fought and he was in some top fights. He would take on any fighter.’
Did you do much amateur boxing?
“ As soon as I got in the gym I wanted competitive sparring and had my first fight at nine. I had around 46 fights; I can’t remember exactly how many I won but I had a decent record and was picked to box for England against Scotland. I won the northwest title three years running and got to the semi finals of the junior ABA’s twice.”
How do you know the time is right to turn pro?
“I think the pro game will suit me more as I am a come forward fighter. Training with Kieran and the sparring I have been getting gives me the confidence to turn pro.”
Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?
“Yeah definitely. Its like a totally different game, the amateur sport is a lot quicker and I have seen counter punchers do better in the amateurs. If you’re a come forward fighter you will be better suited in the pro game.”
Reece Macmillan
Do you work full-time alongside boxing?
“I have just finished work to concentrate on my debut. I am a mechanical fitter by trade but have been doing ground work for the last few months. If I can keep getting regular fights I think I will stick to boxing 100%.”

What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I am a come forward, aggressive fighter and like to ware my opponents down. I have always been an exciting fighter and was in some real wars as an amateur.”

What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?
“Everyone’s ambition is to become a world champion, but I just want to see how far I can go. I want to win a few belts, maybe an area title in a year or two. I have always wanted to win a British title and that’s a realistic goal of mine.”