Scarborough Athletic winger Ryan Williams is feeling the fittest he has ever been in 20 years of playing football.
This is all down to the gruelling schedule the 35-year-old has been put through in preparation for his boxing debut a week on Saturday.
Williams is poised to tackle Bransholme brawler Sam Bradford at O’Reillys in Hull, just a few days before Boro’s pre-season training gets underway.
The former Hull City and Chesterfield man sees it as a win-win situation though, as his pounding the streets and glove work will stand him in excellent stead for when Athletic begin their Evo-Stik North campaign.
“I’ve run about 160 miles in eight weeks since I started my preparations for the fight.
“It is hard work, but I’m enjoying it and feeling good.
“I’m actually looking forward to the rest that will be pre-season with Scarborough, but I do know that I’ll be the fittest that I’ve ever been when I start it.
“It can only help me. If you are fitter then you have a better mentaility.
“We want to hit the ground running because we do want promotion this season.”
Williams added: “I’m looking forward to my fight, but there are a few emotions like nerves, fear and excitement flying around.
“It isn’t a team game, you are on your own in there, which is something I quite like the idea of.
“Paul Foot has been a massive help to me, I owe a lot to him and the rest of the lads, who have sent me plenty of supportive texts.
“It would be great if a few Boro fans came down to cheer me on as well. Their support always means a lot.”
Williams will have tickets to the bout at Boro’s kit launch tomorrow night. They cost £15 a head.