Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|Club / Team
||Leith Victoria ABC: Edinburgh, SCO
|Name of coach
||Kenny Simmons [uncle]
|Coach from which country?
|Coach from what year?
||He spends 5 days a week in Sheffield as part of the British Olympic boxing squad and trains for 2 days a week at Edinburgh University gym. He trains weights with his uncle which he says helped his destructive punching power early in his career.
||He suffered an ankle injury in 2008 whilst sparring with super-middleweight boxer Kenny Anderson and was forced to pull out of a bout against Irish heavyweight Niall Kennedy. (sport.scotsman.com, 03 May 2008)
He had an operation to his right hand in early 2010 although a later scan revealed bruising of the fifth metacarpal. He received cortisone injections that appeared to have helped and he was given the go-ahead to box at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. (sport.scotsman.com, 25 Feb 2010)
|Awards and honours
||He was awarded the Eric Bell Memorial Trophy for the boxer who has done most to advance the Leith Victoria club's reputation for 2007/2008. (sport.scotsman.com, 13 May 2008).
||His uncle Kenny Simmons is his coach and runs the Marsden's Longstone Gym. (sport.scotsman.com, 20 Feb 2008)
||To compete at the 2012 Olympic Games. (sport.scotsman.com, 11 Jun 2009)
After failing to win a medal in the European Championships 2010, his again experienced financial woes when previous funding for the Commonwealth Games was withdrawn. He appealed to a sponsor as he had already quit his job. Shortly after, one of his previous sponsors offered to help (edinburghnews.scotsman.com, 27 Aug 2010).