May to train with boxing legend Freddie Roach

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Bunbury’s Nathaniel “Cheeky” May has taken another step in his quest for a world title fight, heading to America yesterday to train at the world famous Wild Card Boxing Gym in Los Angeles.

The 22-year-old is heading over for an undetermined length of time to help one of the gym’s boxers prepare for a fight and work with legendary trainer Freddie Roach.

But May will use the opportunity to refine his skills, with the world number six featherweight boxer aiming for a world title shot this year.

“There are the best promoters there and world champion boxers,” he said.

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“And to work with Freddie is a good opportunity. He is a legend.

“To train under him means you are heading the right way in the sport.”

May said he was happy to train in the gym and find his way among the world’s elite.

“Freddie said he wants to do some pad work with me and from there I will work hard,” he said.

May said the death of his long-time trainer Pete Stokes had motivated him to continue the work they had done for a decade and he promised himself he would keep winning for his mate.

“This is something Stokesys worked hard for me to get,” he said.

“Now it is here I cannot just stop, so I am going forward.” May is maintaining the training program established by Stokes.

“At the moment we are training and if a fight comes up, well then we fight,” he said.

“Our team knows Stokesy’s way of training so I am not trying anything new.”

May believes he will get a world title fight this year.

“I have already told this to a lot of people and whenever I say something I make it happen,” he said.

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