Terry Carruthers is the latest ex-pro to ditch the gloves and join the growing bareknuckle boxing circuit.
The heart-of-his-sleeve scrapper will fight on the next UBBAD Promotion at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday, September 9.
Carruthers reached a ‘Prizefighter’ final and won Midlands honours in his pro career and the 31 year old from Birmingham explained why he turned his back on the paid ranks.
“To get anywhere in the pros, you need the right backing, the right people around you,” he said, “but in bareknuckle boxing you just get in there with the other guy and the best man wins.
“I have a huge heart, want to fight, but don’t want to box pro anymore and this looks perfect for me.”
Carruthers says he has stayed in the gym since his last fight, a 10-round points loss to Nick Blackwell three years ago.
“I was getting bored,” he admitted, “and thought I will give this a shot.
“I’ve got my hunger back.
“Fighters like Martin Concepcion and Dan Breeze are doing bareknuckle now so the quality is there and the shows are getting bigger.
“I would sell a lot of tickets for a show at the Barclaycard Arena.
“That’s the target, but I just want to get my first fight out of the way.”
That first fight is against Jimmy ‘Gypsy Boy’ McCrory on a bill topped by three world-title fights and Carruthers said: “I’m looking to get a big win and then see how far I can go.”
The show at the Echo Arena features Jimmy Sweeney, Nathan Leeson and Joe Rigg defending their world titles and tickets are available from 07462 722273.