Ben Zacharkiw is postponing his 30th birthday celebrations until January 30th as he prepares for his ring return after more than two years out of action.
The Plymouth lightweight hit the big ‘3-0’ on January 4th but it was just another day for the likeable West Country fighter as he gears up for his six professional bout.
Zarcharkiw, who boxes on Western Country Boxing’s ‘Brawl At The Guildhall’ show at the end of this month, told www.uko-boxing.com: “I didn’t really celebrate it on Monday because of the timing of it.
“It will be my first fight in two or three years. I stopped after my last fight in 2013, when I did alright (against Wade Armour) but I got stopped in the fourth round. I then knocked it on the head due to family issues and stuff.
“I started training last April and have been going through the motions to get my license back.
“I’ve been boxing 20 years and I’m like a boomerang – I’ve tried giving it up but I keep coming back again and again. It’s addictive.”
Zacharkiw makes his return against Sheffield’s Qasim Hussain and is ready to give it one big push while time is still on his side.
“One of the main reasons I’m coming back is because I’ve got another five or six years in this so I’m going to give it my all this time. I’ll give it 110% in training, 110% in fights.
“I’d like to see myself win some sort of title, be it a Masters title or similar, and I’ll be happy. I want to look back when I’m older and say to my kids or grandkids that I did this, I won a title.
“I have unfinished business. I don’t want any ‘what-ifs’ in the future.”
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 Louis Aitken (super 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.