Reformed bad-boy Jack Summers admits boxing saved his life as he aims to grab his second chance with both hands.
The 20-year-old West Bromwich featherweight had a solid amateur career since taking up boxing at the age of 11.
However, he admits fell in with the wrong crowd and walked away from the sport into a life of trouble.
He saw the error of his ways, though, and as he prepares for his third pro fight on Black Country Boxing’s ‘Jingle Brawls’ show at Walsall Town Hall on Saturday, he revealed boxing has been his salvation.
“I had a decent amateur career and got to the ABA finals and things without managing to win them,” Summers (2-0) told www.uko-boxing.com. “Then I stopped boxing for a couple of years. I got in with the wrong crowd and lost interest in it, if I’m honest. I was getting into trouble and stuff.
“Then I realised I had to get back into it. It turned my life around. Boxing has saved my life, really.”
Summers is now looking to kick on and make the most of his opportunity.
He added: “It’s given me even more motivation to do well in my career and be the best I can be.”
Anthony Upton – one third of the Upton Clan – challenges champion, Joe Hughes, for the English Super Lightweight Title at the top of the bill. The fight is also a British Title Eliminator.
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.