Luke Heron geared up for second pro outing

Brummie rookie Luke Walker has his sights set on the welterweight division as he goes toe-to-toe with his sweet tooth.

The stylish youngster made an impressive professional debut in October when he introduced himself with a third-round stoppage of Bryn Wain at Walsall Town Hall.

The Northfield 22-year-old only took a week off after that fight but gained a few pounds while satisfying his sugar cravings. However, ahead of his second outing on Hatton Promotions, Black Country Boxing’s, 5th December ‘Jingle Brawls’ show, the rookie pugilist is working off the extra weight and even thinking of eventually dropping to the highly-competitive 10st 7lb division.

“Training’s going well,” Walker, who boxes under the name Luke Heron, told “At the moment I’m focusing more on getting my fitness back up because I went a little bit crazy and blew up in weight after my debut. I had a break for a week and had sugar cravings but I got back in the gym quickly to get the weight back down.

“Coming from a background in white collar boxing, I’m used to long beaks, fighting two, three or four times a year and also at around 12 stone or more because it’s not really focused on weight categories.

“I’ve learned from this one so after my next fight I know to get straight back to my food plan and stick to it. My fitness has always been fine, it was just the fact I was carrying extra weight when I got back in the gym.

“I want to get down to welterweight eventually and I think I can after learning from this one.

“The busier I can be; the better in terms of both staying in shape and getting fights under my belt.”

Walker is slated to fight Polish road warrior, Robert Strudzinski.

A trio of Ricky Hatton trained fighters top the bill at Walsall Town Hall.

Anthony Upton – one third of the Upton Clan – headlines. The highly-rated light welterweight is unbeaten in his opening 11 contests and is joined by Wednesbury welterweight, Sam Evans, and Market Harborough welterweight, Reuben Arrowsmith.

West Bromwich duo – light middleweight, Tom Stokes, and super featherweight, Jack Summers – also feature.

Unbeaten trio – Wolverhampton super featherweight, Des Bowater, Ludlow light middleweight, Craig Morris, and stoke light welterweight, Kieron McLaren, complete the card.

Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The aftershow party and weigh-in will take place at Makoto Bar, Bridge Street, Walsall.