Former kickboxer Louis Aitken is keeping his feet on the ground as he embarks on a professional boxing career.
The Plymouth super-lightweight is all set for his debut on Western Country Boxing’s ‘Brawl At The Guildhall’ show later this month after deciding to switch sports.
Aitken, 20, was a decorated kickboxer and represented Great Britain at world level before spending nearly a year in Asia working on his craft.
“I took up kickboxing when I was about four years old,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I was a hyperactive kid so my mother enrolled me in activities to keep me busy.
“I really enjoyed it and when I was 17 I got invited onto the Great Britain team and competed at the K1 World Championships in Brazil in 2013. I got beaten in the heats and after that I spent nine months in Thailand competing out there.
“When I came back here a lot had changed and there were problems with coaching and stuff. I wanted to improve my boxing skills anyway and it turned out boxing was a hidden talent I didn’t know about until I began sparring with pro lads or high-level amateurs. It was interesting.”
Aitken, who makes his bow on the January 30th show at the Guildhall, insists the transition has been easier than some might expect.
“I’ve only raised my leg to kick someone once in training,” he laughed. “I got shouted at and put my leg down straightaway. It’s not been too difficult really because the stance is very different.
“Both of the Klitschko brothers came from a kickboxing background. They were awesome kickboxers. So did Ricky Hatton. So it’s not unheard of and I think I’ll make the transition well.”
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, Ross Roberts (super lightweight), Jack Bellingham (welterweight) and Ben Zacharkiw (lightweight) complete the card.
Tickets are £30 or £60 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.