I’m a top boxer but I love pizza & hope to make it a business, says Adam Hession

AN IRISH boxing champ has told how he hopes to prove a knockout success outside the ring with his own business. Boxer Adam Hession, 21, from Monivea, Galway, is an Irish Senior Elite Champion and is a European under 22 silver medallist.

Adam Hession, Elite Senior Irish Boxing Champion took part in the Sport to Start-Up programme

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Adam Hession, Elite Senior Irish Boxing Champion took part in the Sport to Start-Up programme

But despite his elite level fitness, the ring star has revealed how he's hoping to launch a pizza business. He said: "I was thinking about what I'd like to do and I love pizza, which might surprise people.

"It's funny because boxers have to make weight so it's kind of contradictory. But when we get it eat, it's important to eat foods that make you happy. "I love pizza and I love making the dough myself from scratch.

I have a little pizza oven and it takes about 90 seconds to make the pizza. "So what I'd love to do next is launch a pizza truck or shop and sell really good quality pizza with an Irish twist." Adam developed the idea after taking part in a Sport to Start-Up programme, which is an initiative of the Local Enterprise Offices to enable full time Irish sports people explore the possibility of starting their own business.

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Some of those include Olympian Gary O'Donovan, Paralympian Michael McKillop, Olympian Sarah Lavin, Cork Ladies footballer Orlagh Famer, League of Ireland Footballers Paddy Kirk and Patrick Hoban, GAA players Mickey Quinn and Ciaran Byrne and gymnast Rhys McClenaghan.  

Adam told how he took part in a session last year, balancing it with his training for the world championships in Serbia. He said: "It's important to have another interest outside boxing. Elite sport can be overwhelming.

"So it's good to have something you enjoy doing on the side and something to look forward to after sport ends.

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"With elite sport, you have to be aware of the bigger picture.

Compared to others it's a short career, especially in combat sport. "You have to be smart and know when to get out." Adam is working with mentor Brendan Guerin in the Local Enterprise Office on realising his pizza truck ambitions.

He's also getting ready for the National Elite Championships in January. His long-term goal is the Olympics in Paris in 2024. He said: "My goals would be to stay at number on in the 57kg feather weight category, to keep that going and to qualify for Paris.

"Having the pizza truck on the side would be a healthy distraction. I'd hope to set it up and that it could eventually run itself." The Sport to Start-Up programme programme is funded by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, through
Enterprise Ireland and it is run by the Local Enterprise Offices and based around the Start Your Own Business programme.

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 The programme began in 2020 during the pandemic and the programme launching this month will be the fourth run of the programme with over 60 full time sports people availing of the programme to date.

More information on the programme can be found here.