Cain and able: Liverpool debutant aims to be a hit on Abril v Mathews

Liverpool amateur star Andrew Cain aims to make a big impact when he makes his long-awaited pro-debut at the Echo Arena on Saturday 18th April.

England representative Cain leaves the amateur code with 44 wins from 51 fights and four national titles to now embark on a pro career that he hopes will ultimately lead to a world title.

The 19-year-old will face the Czech Republic’s Patrick Bartos over four round at flyweight on the undercard of Derry Mathews’ challenge for the WBA World Lightweight title against champion Richar Abril.

Cain trains at the champions packed Everton Red Triangle gym alongside European and Commonwealth Flyweight Champion Kevin Satchell, British Bantamweight Champion Jazza Dickens and English Bantamweight Champion Ryan Farrag.

“I can’t believe I’m finally making my pro debut at the Echo Arena when just a few years ago I was fighting there as an amateur,” Said Cain.

“It’s going to be a special night as I start out in the professional sport and I’m looking to make a big impact. My family, friends and fans know all about me, but now it’s about spreading the word out there with some exciting performances, getting the media to know me and increase my fan base,”

“The amateurs were fantastic and I had a great time, but it was stepping stones to the professional sport and I’ve always known that I was going to turn over as soon as I could. I felt that I was losing motivation in the amateur game and I wasn’t going to the Olympics in Rio, so I knew then it was time to turn over,”

“I believe that I can do really well in the pros. I’ve got the attacking style, I can box and fight when I need to, it’s going to be a lot of hard work but it will pay off in the end,”

“I’m at the right age as well, I’m still only 19 and in three years time I’ll still only be 21, and by then I reckon I could be British champion or thereabouts ready to challenge for it and my dream is to become a world champion,”

“Being in the gym day-in and day-out with Kevin Satchell, Jazza Dickens and Ryan Farrag can do nothing but good for me. They are all top quality fighters and I know that some day I’ll be up where they are. I’ve got a great team around me with my manager Neil Marsh and my promoter Frank Warren, so I couldn’t get off to a better start.”

Derry Mathews’ challenge for the WBA World Lightweight title against champion Richar Abril on Saturday 28th February headlines a quality-packed card also featuring: Liam Smith challenging for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Light-Middleweight title against David Ezequiel Romero; Iain Butcher takes on Luke Wilton for the Vacant British Flyweight Championship; undefeated talent Joe Selkirk, the former WBO European Light-Middleweight Champion, makes his long awaited return to the ring in an eight round contest; fast rising welterweight prospect Stephen Lewis, who’s unbeaten in eight fights, returns to action in six-rounder; unbeaten Middlesborough prospect Josh Leather fights in a six-rounder; all-action light-middleweight James Metcalf, son of Liverpool legend Shea “The Shamrock Express” Neary, looks to continue his unbeaten eight fight run; two hot young talents make their professional debuts on the shows: hard-hitting cruiserweight John Gillies and flyweight Andrew Cain.

Tickets are available from the Liverpool Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400 or echoarena.com and Eventim on 0844 249 1000 or eventim.co.uk

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