“Those fights are the most fun” – Samuel Antwi looks back at his thrilling British title win against Mason Cartwright

Samuel Antwi became the British champion for the second time when he defeated Mason Cartwright in a brutal fight on September 1, competing for the 154lbs Lonsdale belt. Talking to Boxing News from Italy, Antwi discussed the fight, the intense finish, and took a trip down memory lane to when he was discovered by the legendary James Toney.

How important is it for you to win the British title?

It means everything. I always tell my daughter, “Once you start something, you have to finish it.” When I started boxing, I didn’t know about British titles, but after challenging for it and not getting the decision, it became my goal. I had to win the British title. It also sets a standard for my family.

Was it a tough fight? Are you still recovering?

I don’t feel too bad after the fight. There wasn’t much bruising or swelling. I was a bit sore for a few days, but those are the most enjoyable fights. I went to my sponsors at Back 2 Well-Being for treatments, which helped speed up the recovery process.

Did the fight go as you expected?

I knew he would come prepared for a fight. Like me, he had challenged for a British title and lost. I expected him to give his all. After watching the fight back, I believe I won most of the rounds. The later rounds were tough because he still felt in the fight and fought back strongly.

There were intense exchanges in the fight. Do you think it could have been easier to win?

Yes, it was a macho thing. Going up in weight, I felt he had the advantage. I wanted to show him that he couldn’t push me around. If he hit me, I hit him back harder. I said it could have been easier, but the macho effect took over.

Before the Cartwright fight, how would you describe your career?

I have always been a road warrior. I have never had a hometown title fight. Even in this fight, I could hear both cheers and boos. It’s always been like this for me.

Writer’s note: Antwi couldn’t defend his Southern Area belt against Ozgul because he weighed in over the limit.

Why did you start your pro career in America?

I met James Toney during the National Development Championships in London, where my coach was doing close protection for him. They saw me fight and advised me to go to the States when I was ready to turn pro. So, as soon as I won the championship, I went to America for two years.

What memories do you have from your time in America?

It was a great experience. I had excellent sparring partners and received advice from James Toney. I trained at the Wildcard Gym and the gym where Leo Santa Cruz trains. It was solely focused on training and fighting, which helped me advance as a boxer.

Some would say you are a late bloomer, achieving significant wins at 31. What are your thoughts on this?

I started late, at 21, so I came into the sport later than others. Training in America turned it into an obsession for me. I trained and ran seven days a week for years.

Regarding the Cartwright fight and the brutal finish, what was going through your mind during that moment?

I saw the opening in the 10th round. My coach told me to win those last two rounds, even though we felt like we had already won most rounds. When I hit him with that shot, I saw him freeze for a moment, and I knew I had to take advantage. It was a mixed emotion afterwards. He got back on his feet quickly, and I spoke to him later, knowing he was okay.

Have you thought about the future? Do you plan to defend the British title or move on?

I definitely want to defend the belt. I think it’s time to stay at super-welterweight. Making weight is easier, and I believe I can handle myself at this weight. After this fight, I know I won’t be pushed around at 154lbs. I want to defend the belt and see what opportunities come. Working with Adam Booth has been life-changing, and having a great team around me makes a huge difference in this lonely sport.

You mentioned Gary Logan. How would you describe him as a man and a coach?

He’s a man of morals and faith, just like me. We get along very well. He and the team have been there and done it before. He never stops learning and has no ego. If his instructions don’t work, he moves on to the next. He’s easy to work with.

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