Nico Ogbeide is hoping to make a statement of intent as he looks set to make his professional debut this spring.
The Brummies’ previous experience in the ring was in the semi-pro ranks and admitted it has been hugely beneficial to helping him prepare for the professional game.
“I was meant to turn pro last year but the extra year has helped me if anything. If you have boxed as an amateur you don’t get the same kind of atmosphere at the venues and the ring walks – stuff like that – so I think it has been beneficial instead of doing the ABAs,” he exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Even when I was boxing semi-pro, most of my opponents had boxed as an amateur so there’s nothing I’ve missed out on, I’ve boxed amateurs but just not as an amateur.
“I’ll be either going in as a super-bantamweight or a featherweight at the highest, I want to get down to super-bantamweight. I’m hoping to make my pro debut in April, but I am still waiting for my brain scan, there’s no date in place but I expect it to be in April,” he added.
The 23-year-old revealed he was close to securing a slot on the undercard of Frankie Gavin’s IBO championship match-up next month.
He said: “I spoke to Frankie, who’s also fighting under BCB Promotions as well, and he was on about me featuring on his undercard if I got my license in time but there’s no chance of that. It would have been massive for me.
“Once I receive my license I’m targeting around three fights this year before taking on four fights the following year. I want to keep busy and stay active.”
Hard hitting Nico believes his switch-up to professional will suit his style efficiently. He concluded: “The professional pace is slower compared to what I have been boxing which will suit me as I am a counter-fighter if anything. When I boxed three-minute rounds, it suited me better, it’s more calculated and it will suit me instead of people wanting to fight, they’ll want to box.
“It’s the perfect time to turn pro if you’re from Britain. British boxing has never been better.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95