The 25-year-old has been taking boxing’s professional ranks by storm, putting together a Beterbiev-esque perfect record of ten fights, ten wins and ten knockouts.
Noakes first got into boxing because of his older brother, Sean, who boxed on the undercard of Artur Beterbiev vs Anthony Yarde.
Noakes expalined "Sean used to do it before I did and then I kept being a little s*** and my mum made me get into it and I’ve never looked back since"
“I think it’s always good to be in sports from a young age and I took to it really well”
WHATS YOUR BEST ATTRIBUTE?
“I’d say power is one of my best attributes, I’ve got a good engine too, but I think power is the main one,” Noakes said.
“I think it helps that I’m on top of my opponents all the time and they can’t keep up with that and it’s obviously working.”
Noakes power and work rate has earned him the nickname ‘The Maidstone Golovkin,’ being from the Kent town, and it is a nickname he enjoys, as he admires the Kazakh fighter.
WHATS YOUR AMBITION IN THE SPORT?
“To make as much money as I possibly can. Obviously, I want to be a world champion as well, but it’s a long road"
" I’ve got the attributes to go all the way and I’m willing to work hard at it. It’s not guaranteed but I’m going to give it my best to do so.”
If Noakes does want to ‘go all the way’ he will have to overcome some stiff competition, as he campaigns in the lightweight division, which is one of the most talent rich weight classes in boxing.
As it stands, Devin Haney is the current undisputed lightweight world champion and there are a number of terrific young fighters breathing down his neck, such as Shakur Stevenson and Ryan Garcia among others, but Noakes believes that in a few years he will be able to contend with them all.
“I’ve still got a lot of learning to do,” Noakes said. “Those guys have had 20 or 30 odd fights, I’ve only had ten.
For the rest of 2023, Noakes just wants to stay on course and maintain his perfect record, as he said: “This year, hopefully I’ll get four more knockouts and in impressive style.”
GymPro will be supporting him all the way and we believe there are exciting times ahead. We hope our support and performance apparel can help Sam achieve all his goals and we can be part of his amazing journey.