Reuben Arrowsmith has been handed a date for his professional boxing debut.
The 19-year-old from Market Harborough will launch his paid ring career in Walsall on Saturday, October 10.
And to prepare, he’s spending four days a week in Manchester training with ring great Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton.
Hatton this summer added the former amateur star to his stable of fighters and will be masterminding the career of Harborough’s first professional boxer for two decades.
Arrowsmith, who won 45 of his 52 amateur bouts with Northampton’s Kings Heath ABC and England, says he can’t wait” to start the next chapter of his ring career and added: “Ricky hasn’t been making that many changes to my boxing.
“He just wants me to plant my feet a bit more, pick my shots and box to a steady rhythm.
“Ricky seems pleased enough with the progress I’m making and I’m feeling sharp enough. I just need to work a bit on my fitness. I’m probably 70 per- cent fit at the moment, but that will come.”
Arrowsmith hasn’t fought competitively since last October’s European Youth championships in Croatia where he made a quarter-final exit having won bronze in the European Junior championships in 2012.
But he insists ring rust won’t be a problem.
Arrowsmith, sponsored by Gym 11, Harborough Tool Hire and SJ Watts Storage and Removals, said: “People say I haven’t boxed for a year, but I’ve been training non stop and picking up experience by sparring top-class lads.
“I’ve been testing myself in the gym every day. The spars I’m having are like fights and I’m not sparring the same people all the time. I’m going to different gyms, sparring different people and that’s keeping me sharp.”
Arrowsmith should have plenty of support in Walsall next month.
He says there’s already been plenty of interest in tickets from Harborough – and he also has relatives in the Black Country.
His wife Tina, the couple were married last month, is from Walsall and Arrowsmith revealed his father and other relatives have their roots in the town.