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Bushey teenager Romeo Romeao out to be ring entertainer when he returns to action next month
1:00pm Friday 14th February 2014 in Sport
After just two professional fights Bushey teenager Romeo Romeao is already one of the most talked-about talents in British boxing.
He has won Welsh and British junior honours in his 76-bout amateur career and is back in the ring at Harrow Leisure Centre on Saturday, March 1, to face Chuck Jones.
Romeao feels his eccentric manner wasn't appreciated by amateur boxing bosses but his record speaks for itself .
And when he steps into the ring next month he promises to excite the crowd.
"I like to be an entertainer, not just a fighter," said the 18 year-old super-featherweight. "I like to get the crowd cheering.
"I'm not going to tell you how I get the crowd cheering. You will have to buy a ticket."
Romeao was born in Bristol, grew up in Cardiff and currently lives in a four-bedroom house in Bushey with promoter Mo Prior.
The young fighter is based a short walk away from Southern Area super-featherweight champion Mitchell Smith and Prior predicts a big fight between them in the coming years.
But Romeao's priorities are focused on Jones and then achieving a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
He will attempt to break the record for non-stop skipping in July and will raise funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The current record stands at an astonishing 32 hours but Romeao reckons he is fit enough.
"I'm up at four o'clock every morning to go for a run and I train three or four times every day," he said.
"I probably train for eight hours most days.
"I've been training since I was four years old. Training is my life and I love it. There's nothing I enjoy more.
"I train hard because I'm determined to be a world champion."
As his promoter, Prior is plotting Romeao's path to the top.
He rates Romeao as "a special, special talent" and has seen him launch his professional career with back-to-back wins.
He followed a knock-out victory over Andrejs Podusovs three weeks after his 18th birthday - which shown on Sky Sports - with a points win over Krzysztof Rogowski.
However, Jones promises to give him a tougher night's work.
The southpaw is on a losing run but has challenged for Welsh honours and came in at short notice to extend Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell the full distance.
"I've seen Chuck box but I'm confident I will beat him," said Romeao.
In the top-of-the-bill fight at Harrow, Danny Murphy challenges unbeaten Ahmet Patterson for the International Masters welterweight title and tickets are available from 07500-869640.
Romeao also takes part in a sponsored skip at Harlequins Shopping Centre on Sunday, February 23 to help prepare for his attempt at the Guinness Book of Records