Madeley’s Rhasian Earlington never had any plans to become a boxer. A football player maybe, a rugby player possibly – but to become a boxer was never on the cards. That was until three years ago.
Now, at age 21, the cruiserweight is hungrier than ever to become the best he can be in a sport he loves…
“I turned pro quite quickly – I did not expect that to happen,” Rhasian smiles. “I’d played football and rugby a lot before and I was selected for trials but I’d never been into boxing until my uncle took me and then I started training. I did a couple of charity boxing matches and I got hooked from there. To be honest I did not think it was going to go as far as it did.”
But things have moved on quite far already for Rhasian – or “Siany Baby Ali” he is now often called by his coaches and fellow boxers after the legendary Muhammad Ali.
“Ali is the best, I love how he moves,” Rhasian said. “I used to do the Ali shuffle and a few people have called me Siany Baby Ali, it is now my secondary name.”
It might seem ambitious to some to compare Rhasian to a great boxer such as Muhammad Ali at such an early stage in his career. But the dedication and commitment already shown from the undefeated pro combined with his natural talent is certainly a recipe which could quite simply create a true champion.
With not a huge money purse behind him Rhasian uses either public transport, his push bike or his legs to run from his home village of Madeley to Fenton, in Stoke-on-Trent to train at Impact Boxing almost daily under former professional boxer Scott Lawton.
“I will do three to four hours training at the gym after running there and then run home,” Rhasian said. “Sometimes I might pedal or catch a bus. I’ll be there seven days a week, but do have the odd day off.
“It’s a buzz and I have improved so much from my early fights. My recent fights and my early ones are completely different from how I stand and how I perform. Before I was quite rigid and I did not know really what I was doing. But now I have changed such a lot.”
Rhasian – who used to train at T6 Gym in Burslem – admits he wasn’t the model pupil at school and boxing has helped him in more ways than one.
“I am a completely different person from when I first started at T6,” he said.
“I used to be a bit of a bad influence when I was younger. Sport calmed me down a lot and boxing has helped to change my life.”
Rhasian’s dedication for a sport he adores has also been casting another influence upon the youngsters of Madeley and beyond. “People approach me all the time and like what I am doing. A lot of younger people also ask me about my boxing and I say to them – nothing is impossible, don’t let anyone tell you different or make fun of you, do what you think is best for yourself and enjoy yourself. If you want to box you can’t be going out drinking at weekends and partying – that’s what lets people down sometimes. You need to look after yourself and your body.”
Rhasian – “Siany Baby Ali” – has a likeable persona, a hunger to be a boxer and a desire to become World Champion. He has the recipe for success, great support behind him and his influence is infectious! A true champ is in the making!
**Rhasian won his 4th pro fight with a stoppage in the first round at the Kings Hall, Stoke and won won his 5th pro fight on September 29, 2018 at the Kings Hall, Stoke-on-Trent. Rhasian got to the semi-finals of Ultimate Boxer IV Cruiserweight Tournament on Friday 19th July and is due to fight again at the Kings Hall in Stoke-on-Trent on September 28 2019.See Rhasian’s Facebook Page for more information.**
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