I always said from the start I didn’t want to follow the mould, doing what everybody else did. It just seemed like the perfect opportunity. The fact that I personally wanted to be able to box in England and America and the perfect opportunity came.

On top of that, even before I knew about the whole Hayemaker-Ringside set up I wanted Ismael Salas as my coach. I had a meeting with him. It all came together. It’s like it’s meant to be. With all the lads it’s like a big family environment and that’s just what I wanted.

I’ve got the best coach, amazing supporters, David Haye being the promoter as well, he’s got all the experience in the boxing game, so it’s perfect for me. I can see the difference already. Ismael Salas is amazing for me, he’s the best coach in the world.

I’m not sure the exact date for my next fight but around September hopefully.

Qais Ashfaq

It’s good to be in a close-knit team. It’s like a boutique, all the best in one shop and that’s how it’s working out.

Knowing Amir Khan is good for me turning pro now, not to follow in his footsteps but to have someone I can go to. But if I need advice I can also go to David so I’ve got a lot of people here to help me. I think the only way is up.

Joe Joyce discusses his pro move HERE