Loyalty and trust are not in big supply in boxing but I’m with a team who believe in me and each other 100 per cent.
One ordinary performance hasn’t changed Barry or Shane McGuigan’s opinion of how good I can be and while some have come out and criticised my team, I know I am with the right people.
Cyclone Promotions may be a small, young outfit but we’ve already done some big things. I started my professional journey with Barry and I’ll end it with Cyclone Promotions.
When it comes to my coach Shane a lot of people just don’t seem to get how good a trainer he is, they don’t seem to be able to get past the fact that he is a young coach at 26 — but he’s one of the best coaches in the world now.
Shane has improved me as a fighter and he’s probably the youngest in the history of the sport to train a world champion and when he gets to 40 years of age he’ll have a list of world champions that he’ll be able to read out — I’ve no doubt.
I know some thought that when I got into a crisis Shane, because he’s seen as young and inexperienced, may have panicked but look what happened — I had the worst possible start, down twice and when I went back to the corner Shane was very calm and we got through it.
Shane proved that he can handle a crisis and for me, that really was a crisis.
It didn’t surprise me at all that he was able to deal with the nightmare start because he’s a very sensible guy and when it comes to my career as a whole I’ve been very fortunate to have someone like Barry, as my manager, who has been there and done it.
To have people you can trust in is crucial and I can tell you that 95 per cent of boxers in the world do not have the kind of team that I have — too many are worried about their careers because boxing can be a dirty business.
But look at what Barry has done, he’s got me on terrestrial TV in the UK for my last two fights and terrestrial TV in the States and if you go by viewing figures released this week, I’m the most watched UK boxer, on a single night, this century. That’s incredible for me.
But there are lessons to be learned from El Paso and I and my team will not make the same mistakes again.
I did go down in the first round twice and that was really annoying, actually I was embarrassed more than anything else.
In terms of weight control, I have promised my team that I’ll not gain as much weight in between fights. I do like my food but I just have to be a wee bit smarter. But don’t worry, I’ll be back firing on all cylinders next time.
Even though I may not be in a hurry to go back and box in El Paso, I must say the people there were great, so friendly — the only bad thing about Texas was I couldn’t celebrate with my usual Pavlova!
But I did get some fried ice cream and Gonzalez’s dad bought me a Tequila.