Former Commonwealth Games medallist Sam Maxwell plans on tapping into his Elite amateur experience when he travels to Germany this weekend.
MTK-Global-backed Maxwell (4-0) features on the undercard of the WBA (regular) world heavyweight title clash between Manuel Charr and Alexander Ustinov in Oberhausen, taking on Romanian Oszkar Fiko in a six-round light-welterweight bout on Saturday.
Aiming for his fifth victory following a first-round knockout win over Hungarian Gyula Tallosi in Leeds last month, Maxwell has his first pro fight in mainland Europe.
“I still had my fitness from my last fight and I’ve just been trying to maintain that, keep my sharpness and I’ll be ready to go on Saturday,” said Maxwell.
“This is a massive show – it takes my back to my GB days going away. I’ve got a good routine and I’m looking forward to going out there and performing because I’m used to travelling away,” continued the 29-year-old, who believes he has adapted well to the paid ranks.
“I feel like a completely different fighter to be honest. I reached a high standard as an amateur, but I feel like my coach Georgie [Vaughan] has helped me transition into the pros well and my style has changed a lot. It’s just minor changes, but it’s made me a much better fighter,” added the London-born Liverpudlian, who travels to Germany on Friday.