Asinia Byfield Interview

By Cain Bradley on September 13, 2017
Asinia Byfield Interview
“Fighters can't dodge me, I've earned my stay. I will reign. I'll get all the respect I deserve.”

“I’ve had to come up the hard way, fighting on small hall shows earning nothing, in fact losing money getting no recognition…”

Asinia Byfield confirmed himself as an underrated prospect in British boxing when stopping Sam McNess as heavy underdog. The man from Reading campaigns in the super welterweight division and is current holder of the Southern Area Title but believes he can ascend to the highest level of boxing. He recently trained over at the Mayweather gym and clips of his sparring with Gervonta Davis can be seen on the internet. I talked to Byfield about his career past and future.

How did you get into boxing?

I was always fighting growing up. I never used to start it so I’d always go home and brag to my dad. One day four big rugby players started on me and my friend. They backed us into a corner, I ended up knocking out three and dropping one. I was only 16 years old and very skinny; you can imagine how proud of myself I was. That night I was telling my dad what happen excitingly and he got annoyed and said “anyone can do that these guys are bums, probably drunk, go fight some real fighters who train to fight.” Then after some time being ignored by my dad I found myself at the local boxing gym.

What are your interests outside of boxing?

My interest outside of boxing is my family. Boxing takes up all our time. To make up some extra time we train together a lot. I’ve got five children, three boys and two girls. My oldest son Javaye Archer I haven’t seen for nearly three years. He’s been my biggest strength and he doesn’t even know it. Then there’s Tracell and Tammyha Byfield Griffith. They’ve got big personalities, keep me focused, they make me go training and come and help a lot. Then there’s Trayvon Asinia Byfield Griffith our angel who was taken way too soon at nine months old. He’s continued to play a big part in our family even though he’s not here in person he’s in our hearts and watching over us with a big proud smile. Last but not least my gorgeous little girl Tayenha Byfield Griffith, already a daddy’s girl. My wife, Camarha Byfield Griffith supports me and our kids through training so I’m able to train at crazy hours, eat right and recover well. Without all of them there is no boxing champion.

What achievements have you had in the boxing ring?

As an amateur, I won the Home Counties once and the Ridditch Box Cup. As a professional I’ve won the Southern Area title and defended it twice.

Can you tell us about your amateur career?

As an amateur I had 42 fights, winning just over half. I believe I’ve only lost once, from being unfit. The other losses was bad decisions and robberies that’s why I was so keen to turn professional.

How far do you think amateur club mate Tamuka Mucha will go?

I think Tamuka Mucha more than likely will win the British. 100% if he makes a few changes to his game.

You have one defeat, against Arthur Hermann, what did you learn from the fight and did you think it came too soon for you?

I don’t think the Arthur Hermann came too soon. I got a shot at the weight above and grasped it. No one would fight me at welterweight so I made a big step up to super welter for a 10-rounder when I’d only boxed a four-rounder. I clearly outboxed Hermann and he got the decision by one point after barely landing a glove on me. The biggest lesson I’ve learnt so far, that Hermann taught me don’t let the judges or ref decide who wins.

Last time out against Sammy McNess you were the underdog, did you feel disrespected?

Yes! I felt extreme disrespected that after 12 fights, no-one was taking notice or interest in me. They tried to belittle me in so many ways like I was a journeyman that he was going to walk all over. The betting odds was a complete joke had me 9/1 to win. Sixty percent of my fans bet on me to win, some by stoppage, the bookies weren’t happy. IBetBoxing wouldn’t even pay half the money my supporters won which had to get reported to the gambling commission. I wouldn’t advise using them! I’ve had to come up the hard way, fighting on small hall shows earning nothing, in fact losing money getting no recognition. Now I’m here people will be forced to take note, fighters can’t dodge me, I’ve earned my stay and I will reign and I’ll get all the respect I deserve. “AND THE NEW BRITISH CHAMPION” will be heard shortly.

Did you enjoy the pre-fight trash talking?

Yes it was fun. I’m an outgoing person always up for a laugh. The back and forth banter was funny. I didn’t let it interfere with my training. I only read it and replied when I was resting. It kept me focused and pushing even harder.

After the fight you spoke of your fear for your family as a brawl broke out, did you feel like it ruined your moment?

Once I knew my family and everyone was okay no it didn’t. I’d done my job, I proved all the nonbelievers wrong and upset a lot of people. Even though it would be right to give me the opportunity to get my moment no one has made an effort. It looks likes I’m back on the shelf already. All I ask for is fairness. If I can’t get that I’ll find a way to beat the odds and I will every time. I’m hungry for it all. I won’t be denied. Either work with me and we’ll go to the top or bet against me and lose every time.

How would you describe your style?

It’s angles mainly, I switch and hit. Can fight on the inside and the outside. I’m very slippery and awkward. No one can handle me!

Is there a guideline for how you would like your professional career to go?

There’s one goal; a World Title. Whatever is in-between, I want what gets me there the quickest. Every fight, any opponent.

Have you checked out the domestic competition in the weight, how do you feel you compare?

I believe I’m the best in Britain now. No one beats me in the ranking. I can and will make light work of every one in my weight class.

What did being at the Mayweather gym teach you?

My manager Mickey Heillet taking me there was the best thing he could of done. All the questions I had, I got answers in one way or another. My game has shot up, I’m now working on preparing for the top world level.

How did you feel your sparring with Gervonta Davis went?

It was very good considering I had been training no more than three days before we sparred. He was very heavy, not far off my weight, if not heavier. He walks around huge hence why he didn’t make weight. It was a great experience and he is a class fighter who could be great.

Who is the most talented man you have sparred with?

That’s a hard question, too many factors come into play. I sparred a few world champions at different weights, my history is long. I’d love to spar the likes of Canelo, GGG and Lomachenko so if they are ever in need we will make the trip! Contact my manager Mickey Heillot.

Give us five bouts you would like to see made (amateur or pro)?

Gervonta Davis vs. Carl Frampton, Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux, Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder, Chris Eubank Jr. vs. Billy Joe Saunders, Erislandy Lara vs. Asinia Byfield.

Who gave you your toughest fight?

My toughest fight was Erick Ochieng, he was very awkward.

Can you give us an under the radar boxer we should keep an eye on?

A boxer to keep an eye on is ME.

When will we see you box next?

I’m out next on the 7th of October at York Hall live on Channel 5. Tune in to get tickets contact me via Facebook; Asinia DGhost Byfield and Follow Twitter @ TeamDGhost.

Is there anyone else you would like to thank or give credit to?

First off all my supports that’s followed and supported me this far. Family who have stuck by me, not just blood. My coach Craig Piner, my manager Mickey Heillot, my first coach Adrian Riley. My first Sponsor Berkshire Self Drive. Friends that helped cover my training funds Ginge Jameel, Daniel Dowling, Aaron Quail, Lorenzo Medford, Nicky Griffith.

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