Chas Symonds has always struggled to live up to his boxing ability, but now, with the help of a hypnotist, the Croydon Bomber is set to cause destruction again.
The 29-year-old has been seeing Colin White in an effort to sort out problems that have seen him twice take elongated breaks from the ring, his latest comeback being nine months ago.
He won his first 12 professional fights and collected the Southern Area Welterweight title in a promising start to a career that nosedived once he lost to Ross Minter in 2005.
He has only fought seven times since then, losing four, but is now adamant he is back and warned his as yet unnamed opponent at The Troxy in Limehouse next Friday that he is back to his best, thanks to White.
“I go round to his house and he gets me to believe in myself,” said the Addiscombe-born fighter.
“He puts me under and drums into me I can be a British champion, achieve the goals I want to achieve and go where I want to go.
“It worked for Steve Collins when he beat Nigel Benn and I think it is working for me and so does my trainer.
“I believe in myself now and feel I can get to the top.
“I am back loving the sport and there is nothing stopping me – I am training like an absolute soldier.”
Symonds has been training with former British light welterweight champion Lenny Daws at Rose Hill ABC in Sutton, but came close to having to giving up the sport altogether after losing to Gavin Tait in September.
“I couldn’t keep working and fighting, it wasn’t working and I was going to give up,” he added.
“But I have a new sponsor now in Simply Construction and they are great.
“They are paying me a wage now so I can dedicate myself to boxing and I am training full time.”
After next week's fight, Symonds’s career plan will see him drop down to the light welterweight division as he goes after a fight with British champion Ashley Theopane.
“I just think I am going to be more effective at that weight,” he said.
“There is a big opportunity at 10st as Ashley Theopane is the British champions and he won't fight me.
“He could chose his next opponent and I would like him to chose me. ”
Tickets for his fight next week are available on 07572 174217.
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