Scarborough boxer Shaun Ireland can’t wait to get in the ring for the first time as a professional next week.
Ireland makes his debut against Joe Beeden at Doncaster Dome next Saturday and the former Westway featherweight is itching to let some leather go now.
He said: “At the moment I am excited, I have been training hard and sparring has gone really well.
“I may get a few nerves when I taper off my training next week leading up to the fight.
“I don’t know much about Joe (Beeden), but my promoter Stefy Bull has told me he is a typical journeyman, who is tough and knows all the tricks in the book to avoid shots.
“I’m not going in there with the intention of going for a knockout, I will take it round by round and if the opportunity presents itself I’ll go for it.”
Ireland is kicking off his pro career with a four-round bout on the undercard of Jason Cunningham and Nasibu Ramadhani’s battle for the vacant Commonwealth bantamweight title.
Training under Westway chief George Rhodes Snr, Ireland has been sparring British title challenger Samir Mouneimne, and is feeling the benefit of top quality preparation.
“I’ve been sparring well and landing some quality shots,” added Ireland.
“It’s just a case of adapting to the pro game and picking your shots more and putting more power into them.”
The popular featherweight has already sold 110 tickets for his debut, and only has 12 left for sale.
Coaches are going down to Doncaster from the Newlands Park Hotel and will be returning there to take in the huge Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquaio fight in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Ireland added: “I’ve had great support.
“Hopefully I can put on a good performance for those travelling to support me and we will be celebrating a win in the Newlands later.
“Stefy and George keep reminding me that it is my debut and not to worry about impressing the supporters.
“I can’t get carried away and need to focus on my boxing, hopefully the win follows.”
Tickets can be bought by ringing Shaun on 07826064649.