Light-welterweight Sam Evans says he’s still pinching himself after being offered a professional contract with four-time world champion Ricky Hatton.
The 19-year-old was a fan of the Hitman growing up and impressed him enough during a two day trial to earn a promotional deal.
Evans, who is managed by Errol Johnson, has moved into a house in Hyde, Greater Manchester and will also be trained by Hatton and his assistant Mike Jackson.
“When I got the phone calling telling me I had the opportunity to train with Ricky, it was a massive shock,” Evans said.
“I did two days with him in the gym and it was really hard, but I must have done well because I’m training with him every day now.
“Ricky was one of my heroes as a kid so to be trained and promoted by him is great. I don’t think there’s anyone better to learn from.”
Evans will make his pro debut on Black Country Boxing’s show at Banks’s Stadium, Walsall on Saturday October 10 and he’s not concerned about who will be in the opposite corner.
“I’m ready for anyone who is out there at the weight. I’m only just starting out as a professional, but I’m willing to fight whoever is front of me on October 10 and I want to mix it with the best there is.
“I expect the pros to be a lot different to the amateurs. It’ll be a slower pace so I’ll be able to think and move my head more. I’m really looking forward to getting in there and doing the business.”
Ricky Hatton said: “Sam impressed me the very first time he came to the gym. I took him on the pads and I could feel his power straight away.
“He didn’t have too many amateur fights and that’s probably a good thing because his style is made for the pros. He likes to let his punches go and he’s very heavy-handed for the weight. I’m very excited about his future.”