Idris Virgo: “I’ve jumped the queue!”
In an age that has seen professional boxers come from different sports, celebrity backgrounds and even YouTube, one fighter is determined to prove that he is a fighter before all else.
Ultimate Boxxer Super Middleweight challenger Idris Virgo catapulted his name to fame in 2018 when he appeared on hit ITV show Love Island, and whereas many have questioned his commitment to the sport, the man dubbed ‘Body Breaker’ points out he was in the ring before he was in the villa.
Speaking with Steve Bunce, Idris says he “jumped the queue”, by appearing on the show.
“Before Love Island, I was a boxer already. The fact that I went on TV shouldn’t change the fact that I had 2 fights beforehand. It shows I have a business brain, I jumped the queue.”
“I could have done what the rest of these guys did, stay around, building up my record, but now everyone knows who I am. I’d had two fights and all of a sudden everyone wanted to come and see me”
The news Idris Virgo is a boxer above all else will come as little surprise to fans of the Island, while he was in there padwork with Ultimate Boxxer’s Jack Fincham was part of a routine, as the two trained together. Fincham, also a respected boxer with 27 amateur fights to date went on to win the show in it’s 4th series, and will be a fight night host as Idris bids to claim gold in the seventh instalment of Ultimate Boxxer in Manchester.
Joining Idris in his highly anticipated Ultimate Boxxer venture is Seb Eubank, son of boxing royalty, former world champion Chris Eubank. Since the two were announced, both have taken to social media to question each other’s real legacy and impact on the sport.
With 7 short, explosive fights in one night it’s possible the two will have the chance to settle their differences in the ring come fight night.
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