Hard-hitting professional boxers from Huthwaite Boxing Club are ready to be let off the leash.
The boxers, all managed and trained by Scott Calow, have spent long hours training hard at the gym, completing intense fitness sessions, even over the Christmas period, to stay in shape. And now they have their next fights lined up.
Well-supported prospect Paddy Connors, who won his debut last autumn, faces hardened professional Jody Meikle in Whitwick, Leicester, on 11th March.
Paddy, who is quickly gaining a reputation in the trade as one to watch, said: “I’m really looking forward to this fight. I’ve heard he’s a tough lad, he’s had about 16 fights and he’s only been stopped once. So he is tough, he can take some punches.”
After taking 130 fans to his first fight, Paddy said he hopes to sell around 150 tickets for next month’s show at the Hermitage Leisure Centre.
And his army of fans are sure to be cheering every punch as the 21-year-old attempts to make an impression in the sport’s super-middleweight division.
In preparation for this bout, Paddy has been getting tough sparring against top opponents, including Bulwell’s British cruiserweight champion Shane Mcphilbin, who is also a former member of the Huthwaite stable.
Paddy said: “I’m taking boxing very seriously. I’ve even given up work to train full-time. I really want to go as far as I can in this sport. By the end of this year or by the beginning of next year I want to be a Midlands Area champion or a British Masters champion, then hopefully I can go on to fight for the Irish championship.
“It’s obviously very hard to be a world champion in boxing, but if I can be a world champion I’m going to try my best to get there.”
Huthwaite’s fellow unbeaten professional Gordon Watson (24), also has his eyes fixed firmly on boxing titles. Gordon boxed at the Civic Centre in October and outpointed Jake Dyer to maintain his unbeaten record.
He has his third contest on a big fight bill in Burton-on-Trent on March 30th. Two title fights between local boxers take place on the night at Meadowside Leisure Centre, and talented Gordon could potentially be in line for a shot at the winner of one of those contests.
And Andrew Hardy, who had seven fights in the last 12 months, soon travels to Grimsby to face South Yorkshire’s Matthew Mallin. After establishing a reputation as an exciting, all-action fighter, Andrew will be hoping to put in another impressive performance.