Idris Virgo (5-0-1) may be a familiar name to some after his stint in Love Island back in 2017. He fought twice before his time in the villa beating both Iain Jackson and Scott Hillman on points but given a rise in profile following his period on ITV 2’s hit show, he fought on the undercard of Ultmate Boxxer’s second edition held at the Indigo, O2 Arena.
A win that night led to another fight at the Indigo, this time on the undercard of Ultimate Boxxer III. A technical draw on that occasion leaves a slight mark on an otherwise perfect record, but after six fights, the Birmingham fighter is still yet to taste defeat.
Idris started boxing at 10 years old and turned professional after being ‘robbed’ in a decision during his amateur career. Training out of the D&A boxing Gym, the Moseley fighter will be considered by many as an underdog entering into this season’s Ultimate Boxxer. Idris makes the jump from the undercard to the tournament itself but the calibre of opposition he’ll face will be a huge step up to his previous fights.
Despite the underdog tag, Idris may come into the tournament fresh having not fought since October 2019 and he’s one of few that doesn’t have a part time job on the side. He puts that down to the opportunities he’s received following Love Island and claims the show ‘changed his life’. With his trainer Anthony Hull, Idris thinks he’ll be in perfect shape now having the opportunity of working five days a week without distractions of another job.
Backers won’t fancy Virgo to win this tournament but he’s extremely confident he can prove the doubters wrong; ‘I am ecstatic about taking part in Ultimate Boxxer and I do believe I am the ultimate boxer.’