THE GWOAT BY 25? JOHANNA WONYOU INTERVIEW
At 14 years of age, Johanna found herself in a routine that began boring her, which is when she discovered the sport of boxing. In just a short period of time, she has climbed the ranks with talent and determination. Moving to another country to explore the heart of English boxing is a testament to Johanna’s courage inside the ring and the ambition to take risks when needed in life. Since settling down in the UK, the difference in training has become more intense than ever, and is paying off as a result. ‘’I train everyday, twice. Boxing is boxing but the way people practice changes from country to country and I really enjoy the one in England”.
Churchills Boxing Gym has been a hub for development and friendship in Johanna’s life and she trains alongside the more experienced, two time world champion, Hannah Rankin which has only been a positive influence. ‘’Hannah is a really nice person. We talk a lot, she’s got that experience I haven’t and she’s always advising me. I really appreciate it’’ says Johanna. Improvement is always at the core throughout our discussion and she tells me, “my room for improvement is still big’’. There is nothing but praise for coach Samm Mullins and the relationship between the pair seems a strong one.
On the subject of the future, where does Johanna see herself in three years time? She confidently states her aspirations immediately, “at 25 years-old I would like everyone to recognise me as the little GWOAT, I can’t be clearer.’’ This exciting attitude will lead to a very interesting career that everyone should all keep an eye on, but if you’re a fighter currently holding a belt, you need to watch out, Johanna’s about. ‘’I want to fight anyone with a belt as I consider they are all mine.’’
Friday’s rematch with Wendellin Cruz will take place in The Brewery, City of London and is promoted by Frank Warren. An eye catching performance will hopefully catch the promoter’s attention and reward Johanna Wonyou with regular TV exposure for this up and coming star.