HE MAY be just 27 years old but Stephen Haughian has already punched well above his weight both inside and outside the ring, impressing all with his determination, zest for life and charisma.
Having studied at Tannaghmore Primary School, St Paul’s and St Michael’s, Stephen took up sports studies at the University of Ulster, a passion he has nurtured from childhood.
As an eight-year-old he started playing indoor soccer at Clann Eireann and when walking past the gym seeing guys a lot old boxing, he said: “I knew right away that is what I wanted to do.”
Have fought for Ireland, Stephen turned professional aged 19 and has boxed with some world class athletes.
His inspiration is Sugar Ray Leonard, ‘not just because of his boxing but his personae and the way he conducts himself out the ring’.
And Stephen has certainly taken a leaf out of his book, working hard as a coach in gyms, clubs and centres throughout the borough.
He doesn’t confine himself to training though, and has thrown himself into a variety of charity events including the Chernobyl Appeal and will be taking part in the Olympic Challenge for the Chest Heart and Stroke Association starting next month.