Press Release: John Docherty is determined to emulate gymmate and compatriot Ricky Burns by winning a world title of his own one day. The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist trains alongside Scottish legend Burns at Tony Sims’ gym in Essex, England, where he is currently preparing for his third professional outing at The O2 in London on February 2nd. Docherty, a 21 year-old super middleweight, has made a perfect start to life in the paid ranks, blitzing Jordan Latimer in 8 seconds on his debut in Newcastle in October before halting Angel Castillo in Florence, Italy a month later, and the Former Team GB member is hoping to carry his explosive form into 2019.
Burns created history by becoming Scotland’s firs three-weight World Champion in May 2016 when he added a 140-pound belt to his prior 130-pound and 135-pound belts by stopping Michele Di Rocco for the vacant WBA title in Glasgow. In doing so, Burns inspired a wave of new talent.
“Ricky is a legend in Scotland and someone that I’ve always looked up to,” said Docherty. “It’s an honor to train alongside him every day, I’ve already learnt so much from him. He’s one of the most dedicated fighters out there, never misses a session and always puts 100% effort in.
“His attitude is infectious, it’s great to be around people like him. He’s always sharing his knowledge and advice with me – I couldn’t be in a better place. He really is an inspiration to younger fighters like myself and I intend on taking full advantage of his wealth of experience.
“His dedication has taken him to the very top of the sport. It’s one thing having the talent and ability, but it’s his complete devotion to the sport that has got him to where he is today. I want to follow in his footsteps and bring a World title back to Scotland. I’m aiming high, but what’s the point being in this game if you don’t want to be the best?”
“Everything has gone great so far,” added Docherty about his own career. “I just need to keep on doing what I’m doing in the gym and listening to Tony. I’m improving every day and I’ve got a great team around me.
“I’ve been getting some great rounds in with Craig Richards, Ted Cheeseman and Felix Cash. I’m feeling stronger than ever and I want another knockout on February 2nd.”
Docherty features on a huge night of action in London headlined by Ted Cheeseman stepping up to challenge undefeated Spaniard Sergio Garcia for the European 154-pound championship.