Former soldier and fisherman, Ross Roberts, is loving life as a professional boxer after making the switch at the ripe old age of 33.
The Plymouth super-lightweight built up a bank of amateur experience while serving as a Lance Corporal in the Armed Forces before becoming a professional fisherman in the West Country for five years.
However, Roberts decided it was time to try his luck in the paid ranks – before it was too late and now he’s fallen hook, line and sinker for life in the paid ranks.
“I love the sport and I thought it’s the right time to see it through,” he told www.uko-boxing.com ahead of his second fight on Western Country Boxing’s January 30th ‘Brawl At The Guildhall’ show.
“I wanted to complete my boxing career by boxing as a professional and be able to say I’ve done it all.
“I’ve been in the army, I’ve been a fisherman, I’ve changed paths and wanted to turn pro to see what I can achieve. I would have regretted it if I hadn’t scratched that itch.”
Roberts was given a harsh introduction to the pro ranks in his debut in November as he was stopped in the first round by fellow rookie Ryan Mulcahy in Liverpool after taking a silly shot.
Now working for his sponsor Jem Scaffolding so he can combine work with training, Roberts is relishing the chance to put that right against Birmingham veteran, Jason Nesbitt, later this month.
“I made a simple mistake against Mulcahy and it shocked me,” he said. “It happens in boxing – and unfortunately it happened to me. I’m way over it though and it hasn’t fazed me.
“I’ve got Nesbitt now and though he hasn’t won many, those he has won he has tended to do by knockout or stoppage. So it will be good experience for me.”
Plymouth’s Chris Adaway tops the bill against Londoner Danny Parsons for the British Challenge Super Lightweight Title whilst fellow Plymouth pugilist, Courtney Richards, takes on Wolverhampton’s Joshua Burke in a six round cruiserweight contest.
Exciting Plymouth-based super middleweight, Cristian Hoskin-Gomes, takes on Stoke’s Mark Till whilst Plymouth resident Darren ‘The Terminator’ Townley will be looking to make it a hat-trick of professional victories when the super lightweight takes on Luton’s Duane Grimes.
Plymouth trio – welterweight, Louis Aitken, Jack Bellingham (welterweight) and Ben Zacharkiw (lightweight) complete the card.
Tickets are £30 or £50 Ringside and are available by calling: 07410 979 728. Doors open at 6:30pm with boxing commencing at 7:30pm at Plymouth Guildhall, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2AA.