Leon Gower is delighted with his start to life as a professional boxer and is hoping to build on that in Cannock on Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing’s ‘Danger Zone’ event at The Chase Leisure Centre, Cannock on Sunday, 24th July.
The Burton pugilist will head to Cannock for his first fight outside of Walsall – the scene of his opening two bouts – looking for a hat-trick of victories.
“I am very happy with my start as a professional,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I have had two good fights and everything is starting to come together now and I am relaxed in the ring. It is all about learning on the job and training as hard as you can. As time goes on I become more relaxed and everything starts to flow easier as a result of that.
“I am feeling really good in the build up to this fight. I have had some good sparring up at Errol’s and the training has been spot on.”
The super featherweight is hoping for a strong following when he steps foot in the ring but, having fought across Europe as an amateur career, has no concerns about fighting outside of Derbyshire. It was during his time as an amateur that he admits to becoming disgruntled with boxing as he decided to walk away from the sport in 2011. After much soul searching, and a reignited love for the sport, the 23 year-old returned to the sport – this time in the paid ranks – last year.
“I have been to the Cannock venue once and I think it was Zach Parker’s debut. That is the only time I have been up there but I am no bothered where I fight. I am there to do my own job and I don’t mind going to different venues as it gives me another bit of experience. Cannock is close to my home in Burton, possibly even closer than Walsall is so I am hoping to take lots of fans with me. I am going to try and take more than I have to Walsall in the past and that will be brilliant.
“I did have a massive break from amateur to turning professional. I had some great times as an amateur. I got to go to Sweden and fight there in a competition but towards the end I fell out of love with the sport. I had a few bad decisions including one in Sweden where I felt I should have won and that put me off a bit. Then I started a job and I progressed more in the job than I did in the sport.
“Now I am a professional I am incredibly motivated and 100% dedicated to it. I have never been this motivated and I am really enjoying being a professional. There is much more thinking than there was in the amateur side. Everything is slowed down and you are not wasting effort on throwing thousands of punches with half of them being off target. Everything seems to be more comfortably relaxed.
“I want to get a couple more wins under my belt and slowly progress up the ladder and then hopefully start looking at some titles. I would love to become a champion of my weight and then progress on to bigger and better things.”
Gower features on a bill that is topped by Bloxwich’s Luke Paddock taking on Essex’s Anthony Upton, trained by Ricky Hatton, for the vacant English Super Lightweight Title.
The show takes place at Chase Leisure Centre, Stafford Road, Cannock, Staffordshire, WS11 4AL. Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available by calling 01543 504 065. The show takes place on Sunday afternoon with doors opening at 12.30pm.
Fellow Ricky Hatton trained fighters, Nantwich heavyweight, Nathan Gorman, Wednesbury welterweight, Sam Evans, and Market Harborough super welterweight, Reuben Arrowsmith, also feature alongside Derby’s Sahib Singh Mann who is set to make his debut.
Swadlincote super middleweight, Zach Parker, and Newark super middleweight, Chad Sugden, complete the card.