Sonny Upton’s fan base reflects his somewhat nomadic existence to date.
When the Hatton Promotions fighter took to the ring in Dublin last month his sizeable supporting contingent boasted more accents than a UN convention. They came from all over Ireland and the UK to cheer on the welterweight prospect.
However while he has picked up support from all corners of Ireland and the UK there is one place Upton’s likes to call home, the National Stadium.
Upton one of three boxing brothers enjoyed a successful homecoming last month and after defeating Kevin McCauley in the venue that hosted his first amateur fights.
Speaking post bout the Hatton Promotions prospect claimed he was honoured to fight at the South Circular Road venue as a pro and stressed his desire to return to Ireland more often.
“There were people there from Belfast, Essex, London, Scotland, Manchester even Wales. The fans show up because you are the sort of person you are if you keep your feet on the ground and give them what they want to see you build that fan base. I don’t like to call them fans to me they are my friends and family,” said Upton.
“Last time I fought here was against Ross Hickey in a World box off. It is good to be back and it’s an honour to fight in the place I call home. It is my first victory in Dublin
and hopefully I will back for many more shows in Ireland.”