An up-and-coming young boxer from St Albans has signed a new professional deal, following years of hard work, determination and sparring with sports giants.
Christian Fetti, 21, received his professional boxing licence last month from the Boxing Board of Control, which will see him begin a new journey on his first camp.
Speaking to STALBANSnews, his father Stuart said: “Boxing runs through the DNA in our family, as it has for generations. Christian’s grandad always loved boxing, as have I. We have always watched the big fights together as a family and have lots of boxing memorabilia around the house!”
Christian decided he wanted to start boxing at the age of 12 and joined St Albans and London Colney Amateur Boxing Club. With the support of the coaching team and the club, he went on to win two national titles, and continued to box and train in St Albans for nine years.
At age 18, he started a career in the property maintenance sector, but professional boxing was always his dream. At the age of 20, he made the decision to follow his heart and pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer.
Christian was taken on by professional coach Billy Whitrod from TW1 Boxing Gym in Essex, training five days a week and sparring with some of the country’s most talented boxers. This has included Conor Benn, two-time super featherweight world champion Joe Cordina, and two-time featherweight world champion Leigh Wood.
On sparring with such top boxers, Christian said: “You can’t help but be star-stuck when meeting your idols; it’s a real honour to share the ring with these guys and learn all I can.
“I never dreamed I would be sparring world champions and be sparring in places like Matchroom and the McGuigan’s Gym.”