Rookie fighter Luke Walker is dreaming big as he embarks on a career as a professional boxer.
The Birmingham fighter has turned his back on white collar boxing to pursue his ambitions in the licensed ranks and is aiming high ahead of his debut at Walsall Town Hall next month.
The light middleweight, who makes his bow against Yeovil’s Bryn Wain on Black Country Boxing’s 3rd October show, told UKO Boxing:
“I’m at the very, very early stage, obviously, but I’m dreaming big and thinking of big, big bouts.
“I’d love to go for all the belts I can. I’d love the British, that Lonsdale belt, and to move on to European and world levels.
“If I’m going to do this, I might as well aim high and go for it. That’s the dream. I want to go to America for good sparring and hopefully getting big fights out there too. That’s what I’m aiming for.”
Walker, who will be trained by his father, Ian, has plenty of experience in the ring having boxed on white collar shows before taking the plunge.
“I had one amateur fight ages ago but then stopped for about a year, then got into white collar boxing and continued with that,” he said. “Then I decided now is the time to turn over and get this boat sailing.
“I had about 30-40 white collar fights and only lost a handful, probably about five.
“My reasons for turning professional are pretty simple. Boxing is everything for me. I love the sport, I love watching it and keeping up to date with what’s happening. I follow the American boxers too and I always said I wanted to do it.
“My fitness wasn’t there before and that stopped me taking the next step, but even people in white collar said ‘you’re wasting time with this, you need to turn pro’ so I reached the point where I thought ‘you know what, I’ve got to stop messing around now, it’s time to switch over and get this ball rolling and start proving myself out there’.
“I’m hoping it’s onwards and upwards, starting on 3rd October.”
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.
Birmingham super featherweight, Paul ‘The Incredible’ Holt, headlines the show whilst West Bromwich trio – heavyweight, Matt Gordon, middleweight, Tom Stokes, and super featherweight, Jack Summers – also feature.
Completing ‘The Avengers’ line-up alongside Walker is fellow debutant; Wolverhampton light heavyweight, Leon Brown.
The Official weigh-in and aftershow party will take place at Rift & Co Walsall, Bridge Street, Walsall. Wristbands will be available on the evening and entry is free on production of a wristband.