I’m Britain’s hardest working boxer. I climb mountains, run marathons and work as a roofer on my days off

SAM NOAKES may be Britain’s hardest working boxer – but only after quitting his first two jobs after ONE shift.

The lightweight from Maidstone – whose 10-0 record rests on a perfect 10/10 KO ratio – has always been a fitness fanatic, conquering mountains and marathons on his days off.

Sam Noakes is a serious lightweight who never has a day off.


Sam Noakes is a serious lightweight who never has a day off.Photo credit: Getty
Maidstone prospect Sam Noakes expects his career as a roofer to boost his clout.


Maidstone prospect Sam Noakes expects his career as a roofer to boost his clout.Credit:

But the 25-year-old hasn’t been able to match that commitment in his first two careers and has hired a few earners without even getting paid.

The proud mama boy, who still lives at home doing expert cooking and doing laundry, told SunSport: “My first job out of school was in a call center, I went in with good intentions, gave it a try and never again returned the second day.

“I wasn’t fussy, the next job was McDonald’s, another full shift but I couldn’t bear to go back and wasn’t even getting paid.

“I ended up getting a job as a roofer, 10 times harder than those two jobs, outdoors and physically demanding, but I loved it and I stuck with it until recently when my sponsorship deals allowed me to train full-time.

“But even now in the summer when my old boss has a big job or I’m waiting for a fight I go back and do a month or so on site with the guys, show them what else I can do.

“The same goes for running and the mountains. If I wasn’t a boxer, I’d still do them with my buddies, so I just squeeze them into fights.”

Noakes believes the only pre-boxing career he’s clicked with may be to blame for his insane strength and chilling nickname.

The Kent Golovkin – named after Kazakh KO king Gennady – believes the knockout power he has displayed in both hands is a result of lugging slate, tile and paneling up and down ladders all day and trying to keep up with the bigger guys in the company.


Ahead of his Commonwealth title defense against Karthik Kumar on Saturday, he laughed: “I remember being at Jobs and there was always a bit of competition as to who could wear what.

“And I remember the bigger guys telling me to take it easy and leave the big loads to them.

“But I wouldn’t accept that and I’ve always managed to keep up with them, even if it was a tough fight at the beginning.

“They asked if I was okay, and I made so much effort that I barely managed to whisper a ‘yes.’

“So I can’t say exactly where the strength came from, but those tough days must have helped.”

Sam Noakes is racing through League 9 on BT Sport.


Sam Noakes is racing through League 9 on BT Sport.Photo credit: Getty

Behind most boxers lies a tale of suffering or hardship, but it’s refreshing to get nothing but a smile and boy-next-door charm from Noakes, whose mother was the driving force behind his early success.

“I’m not a complicated guy,” he likes to say. “Not too much going up for anyone to worry about.

“What you see is what you get from me.

“My parents separated when I was young, but they have always remained friends and supported me in everything I did.

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“My older siblings have moved out, but I’m too comfortable indoors with my mother. So until I find the love of a good woman, I am very happy at home with the one I already have.”

*Champion Sports Management star Sam Noakes spoke to SunSport over lunch at Crown Aspinalls Casino.


ClareFora is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: clarefora@dailynationtoday.com.

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