Scarborough boxer George Rhodes Jnr is looking to hit the ground running after signing a professional contract with promoter Dave Coldwell.
Rhodes, 23, who will fight at welterweight, has signed for highly-respected promoter and trainer Coldwell and can’t wait to get started.
Rhodes Jnr said: “I had my first amateur fight when I was 11 and now I’ve obviously decided to turn professional to see what the future holds.
“I can’t wait to get the ball rolling and step up my training. Hopefully I can be out in March but I’ll leave that up to Dave and see what he can do.”
Rhodes Jnr will be seeking advice from Scarborough’s sporting hero and former IBF and IBO world featherweight champion Paul Ingle, and admits if he can achieve a fraction of what the Yorkshire Hunter did, he’ll be happy.
“What Paul did for the town was unbelievable, he’s Scarborough’s David Beckham,” added Rhodes Jnr.
“He’s my hero and if I can achieve a quarter of what he did then I’ll be happy.”
The former Westway man is confident he can go a long way in a glittering weight division, but he’ll be taking things a fight at a time and keeping his feet firmly on the ground.
He added: “I’m confident. My dad will be training me and he knows the sport like the back of his hand, but I’ll take it a fight at a time and see how we get on.”
Well-respected promoter and trainer Coldwell was more than happy to sign Rhodes Jnr to his stable.
He said: “George got in touch and mentioned he was thinking about turning professional and he came down for a chat.
“I knew all about what he’d done in the amateurs and we had a good meeting.
“He’s got to get his licence first before we can plan to get him out and about, but we’ll be looking at that very soon.
“I have a couple of fighters based in Hull and now George in Scarborough, I’m hoping to bring boxing back to Scarborough.
“I remember the days of Paul Ingle and the atmosphere was electric. We are a long way off that now but hopefully we can go some way towards that along the line.”
Coldwell thinks Rhodes Jnr will make the huge jump up from amateur boxing to the professional ranks with ease.
“George is a big lad at welterweight and I think he will adapt to the professional ranks well,” he added.
“He is a good technical fighter and he is keen to learn and improve. He’s a good lad and I’m sure he’ll do well.
“It’s a great division to be going into and I’m sure if the people of Scarborough get behind him, he can make a name for himself.”