‘Thunder’ Thorley to start new chapter with professional debut

‘Thunder’ Thorley to start new chapter with professional debut

Cardiff’s Nathan ‘Thunder’ Thorley can’t wait to get the new chapter of his career underway and will do so with a four rounder against Krystian Nadolski (0-1) on Friday. The light-heavyweight will appear as a professional for the first time, as part of the undercard of Sanigar Events’ ‘Unfinished Business’ show at the Newport Centre. Thorley, who turns 22-years-old next month, has time on his side and has no need to rush but he’s naturally eager to get going and compete for titles in the paid code. He said: “I’d like to go through the levels really quickly but I’ve sat down with Chris Sanigar [manager] and we don’t want to rush. If I can push five fights out this year, I’ll be more than happy. Hopefully at the end of the year, I’ll be looking at a Welsh title.” While Thorley isn’t training, the Welshman works as a lifeguard at a local leisure centre and he has a challenging task to balance the responsibilities of a strenuous training camp and everyday life. Describing his day routine, Thorley said: “I run in the mornings, I work during the day and then in the evenings, I get over to the gym for bags and pads. “Recently, I’ve gone to Jamie Arthur’s gym for sparring with Jimmy White and I’ve gone back to my old club Splott [Adventure Boxing Club] for sparring, too.” In Thorley’s last year as an amateur boxer, he produced three solid performances to win the Welsh Senior Championships in March and took a bronze medal home from the Commonwealth Games in August. The latter achievement gave Thorley closure and he felt the time was right to move on to a new venture. He said: “For me, [turning professional] on the back of the Commonwealth Games was the perfect time. “It was hard to get there, I wasn’t meant to be going. It was between me and someone who I’d already beaten twice. So, I think after all the stick I took trying to get there, I decided that would be it and I’d go professional. “Overall, I’m happy with what I done [as an amateur] but I’m a bit disappointed with Rio [2016 Olympics]. I know I never ever had a chance of going there. Having beaten two of the Team GB boys, I was not even invited up to train there or for them to just see what I’m about.” Having represented Splott Adventure Boxing Club, Thorley will continue to work with club coaches Pat Mahoney and James Mwasigallah. In addition to that, he’s also working with Mark Atkins, who played an influential role in the career of former world champion Barry Jones. Speaking of his training, Thorley said: “To be honest, the main things we’ve worked on are to keep my chin down and just slowing the pace down a bit, so there’s not so many shots. I won’t be so fast paced because it’s slower in the pro ranks. “Hopefully all my training will show on the night. I’ll start behind the jab. It’s an ideal weapon for me, being so tall – it’s my main tool.”

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